Advocates Urge Delaware Valley To Replant Trees Lost to Recent Storms

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After winter weather wreaked havoc on trees across the region (see related story), experts are hoping people won’t be afraid to plant more.

The worry is that after so many fallen trees and branches caused all kinds of headaches this winter, homeowners or communities may be hesitant to replant.

“If you maintain your trees and care for your trees, they will actually be a benefit in these storm events and actually not be a hazard,” says Emma Melvin, manager of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society‘s “Plant One Million” project.

Melvin says that while the particular species of tree doesn’t necessarily matter, there are some that handle winter better than others.

“Red maples, tulip poplars, red oaks, and white oaks,” she advises. “(There are) a whole slew of oaks that would be appropriate. Dogwoods and sycamores, American elms, even holly trees.”

But she says that whatever the species, proper maintenance is key.


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