TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The City of Toledo's forestry division has planted more than 600 new trees around the city this Spring as part of its efforts to replace 8,000 ash trees which were cut down over recent years.
A pilot program involves planting those new trees with a slow release water bag to provide gradual watering to help those trees take hold.
"We plant twice a year. The one problem we have, the biggest issue affecting the mortality of new trees is water. That section between the sidewalk and the street can be pretty harsh," says Denny Garvin, Toledo Commissioner of Parks and Forestry.
The cost for the bags is being paid for through the sale of mulch at the city woodlot. Another 500 trees with the watering bags will be planted in the Fall.
The city is asking neighbors living near the trees planted in neighborhoods to fill the bags once a week, and city crews will fill the bags for the trees planted in the downtown area.