Happy Arbor Day!
Each spring, the city celebrates Arbor Day by planting a new tree at each elementary school. The students all gather around and assist in planting “their tree.” However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to modify this year’s ceremony.
To commemorate this annual springtime tradition, the South Milwaukee Street Department’s tree crew planted three trees at the Mary Nelson Arboretum, located at 8th & Drexel Avenues.
Help us celebrate Arbor Day by visiting the Mary Nelson Arboretum and taking a stroll through the park! Many of the trees in the Arboretum have plaques identifying the species of trees. Some are also planted in memory of a loved one.
Another way to celebrate is to Adopt a Tree!
Each year the City of South Milwaukee leads an Adopt-A-Tree program. This year’s effort is aimed at properties that had a street tree removed in 2020.
The Adopt-A-Tree program consists of the property owner making a one-time donation of $100 to receive a 1.5” to 2” trunk diameter tree planted at their curb line or terrace.
If interested please call the Street Department at (414) 768-8075 by Friday, May 7. We have a few limited tree slots available. Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.