ST/PCV replacing 30 lost trees

Workers plant a tree on Friday morning in Stuyvesant Town, as part of a project to bring one tree to the property per day in June. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Workers plant a tree on Friday morning in Stuyvesant Town, as part of a project to bring one tree to the property per day in June. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Throughout the month of June, 30 new trees will arrive in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

The “30 Trees in 30 Days” program began on the first of the month, with a new tree being planted each day.

In an official statement, StuyTown Property Services, Blackstone’s management company, said the new arrivals are replacing a significant number of trees on the property that have been lost due to old age, attrition and extreme weather conditions.

Chuck Hartsell, director of landscape and horticulture, mentioned that a major factor was the difficulties of being in an urban environment, as he passed some trees in the complex that he noted were on the decline.

Therefore, types of trees known to do well in the city have been picked as replacements.

“We have studied what trees thrive in an urban environment and have developed best practices for sustaining trees on property,” management said in an official notice about the tree planting.

The types and sizes of the trees will vary. One installed already in front of 515 East 14th Street, a pink dogwood, is just seven feet, while another tree, installed on Friday in front of 451 East 14th Street, is one of the larger ones at 17 feet.

Once the trees mature, they’ll have an average height of 40-50 feet.

“First Avenue will have city-approved street tree varieties that have high canopies so as not to interfere with pedestrians,” management said.

“For the interior of the property, we will be planting (among many others) European Hornbeams, a tough tree with a wonderful column-like shape. Tupelos were also selected as one of our preferred species as they offer gorgeous fall foliage and will enhance the ambience during autumn.”

Hartsell said that some of the trees will be oaks, which are acorn bearing trees. However, those trees don’t produce acorns until they’re 20-30 years old.

In related news, a recent initiative to make the grounds more dog-friendly as well as more dog-proof has been met with some success, Hartsell said.

Residents, he explained, have been mostly respectful of fences aimed at keeping dogs out of certain green areas and in instances where this hasn’t been the case, mulched areas a few inches deep that have been placed around some trees have given them some protection from dog waste.


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