Village of East Aurora Tree Board

Village of East Aurora Tree Board The Village of East Aurora's Tree Board is over 20 years old! See what we're up to and join us as we

Does the winter weather have you thinking ahead to spring? The annual tree seedling sales are open for order with the Er...
01/09/2024

Does the winter weather have you thinking ahead to spring? The annual tree seedling sales are open for order with the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, and NY State DEC. These seedling sales offer affordable bulk trees and shrubs for local delivery or pickup. Check out the below links! 🌲🌳

https://ecswcd.org/html/treeshrub.html

https://dec.ny.gov/nature/forests-trees/saratoga-tree-nursery/spring-seedling-sale

Protect your investment with TREE SHELTERS* Available in 5 foot and 2.5 foot lengths! Each tree shelter tube comes with asupport stake, ties and bird net - Increase the success rate of plantings - Encourage healthy growth - Reduce animal, wind and mowing damage - Conserve moisture - Support maturing...

What's better, a parking lot with no shade, nothing to break up the horrific monotony of ugly asphalt and yellow striped...
10/17/2023

What's better, a parking lot with no shade, nothing to break up the horrific monotony of ugly asphalt and yellow striped lines that giant pickup trucks can't even navigate properly? Or trees that'll shade our cars all summer long and give us a break while we stroll a quarter-mile over the blackened surface....

Oh, you think it'll be SO much easier for snow removal without 'em? Well boo-filbert-hoo. Figure it out!

(This may or may not be inspired by a certain company's galling decision-making in certain oversized parking lots in certain west ends of a certain village)

06/19/2023

For all of you kind folks who've planted new trees this Spring.... if you're already doing these things, thanks! You're ahead of the class!

We've had a beautiful start to the summer season, but it's a stressful time for newly-planted trees!

If you haven't heard, we're well behind normal for rainfall already and it's shaping up to be pretty dry all summer. Please consider giving your new street tree at least 5 gallons of water a week to help it get started.

You can leave a garden hose on for a couple minutes, slowly pour a 5-gallon pail on the tree roots, or consider purchasing and filling up a water supply bag like a Treegator - those green bags you see at the base of young trees. The Village office (585 Oakwood) normally has a supply to purchase at cost. You may also wish to spread mulch around the base of your tree to help keep the ground moist, but please avoid burying the trunk of your tree "volcano" style. I personally love the inexpensive, excellent leaf compost you can buy from the Orchard Park Compost facility on Milestrip Rd. (you can't beat $23/yard if you need it in bulk!)

With your help and a few gallons of water this summer your new trees can outlive us all!

04/20/2023

Still a few trees left! Get in before Arbor Day next week!

Did you know the Village of East Aurora runs a tree planting program every Spring? If you live in the village, message the Tree Board here now and get a FREE street tree for your front yard!

East Aurorans of all ages enjoy the numerous benefits of our street tree canopy. Street trees save us all money, increase our property values, and improve our quality of life in countless ways. They live a hard life, however, and every year some are removed and need replacing. Many years ago the Village Board instituted a small line item to purchase and plant a number of trees every Spring.

Interested residents and property owners can request a new FREE street tree! Friendly members of your village's Tree Board will stop by to assess your yard for suitable planting locations and can offer suggestions for native trees that'd look great all year round. Within a few weeks, friendly employees of the Village DPW will come by, plant and stake your new tree near the street - after that, your only responsibility is to keep your new friend watered!

Reply here or send us a message (or email [email protected]) with questions, thoughts, or even better, to request a new (FREE) tree. Did I mention they're free?

Just visited this beauty in a back yard in West Falls! Our (totally, highly scientific) measurement shows this Weeping w...
03/21/2023

Just visited this beauty in a back yard in West Falls! Our (totally, highly scientific) measurement shows this Weeping willow (Salix babylonica) at 238" around! That's 2" more than George the Red Oak at Knox Park! George's measurement was last year, we may have to go see if he's put on any weight....

Anyone else have any girthy friends to share with us, please let us know! We had some coming and going last summer but we're ready to measure any other contenders!

03/16/2023

Let's Get Planting! (or maybe "We're Looking For A Few Good Front Yards"...)

Did you know East Aurora runs a tree planting program every Spring? Message the Tree Board here now and get a FREE street tree for your front yard!

East Aurorans of all ages enjoy the numerous benefits of our street tree canopy. Street trees save us all money, increase our property values, and improve our quality of life in countless ways. They live a hard life, however, and every year some are removed and need replacing. Many years ago the Village Board instituted a small line item to purchase and plant a number of trees every Spring.

Interested residents and property owners can request a new FREE street tree! Friendly members of your village's Tree Board will stop by to assess your yard for suitable planting locations and can offer suggestions for native trees that'd look great all year round. Within a few weeks, friendly employees of the Village DPW will come by, plant and stake your new tree near the street - after that, your only responsibility is to keep your new friend watered!

Reply here or send us a message (or email [email protected]) with questions, thoughts, or even better, to request a new (FREE) tree. Did I mention they're free?

So what would it take for you to plant another tree or 3 in your yard??
02/01/2023

So what would it take for you to plant another tree or 3 in your yard??

European research finds that increasing urban tree coverage to 30% can lower temperatures by 0.4C

Time to get rid of these obnoxious pest trees!
01/26/2023

Time to get rid of these obnoxious pest trees!

Ohio is the first of several states taking steps to eradicate the once-popular ornamental Callery pear tree, known for their white spring blossoms.

01/05/2023

Start the New Year off by planning for spring planting! DEC’s Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery has dozens of New York-grown tree and shrub species available for low prices now through May 12. Some species sell out fast so check species availability and see how to get your order at the DEC website.

Currently we have seedlings for:
🌳 Annual Spring Seedlings Sale: available for public and private plantings in New York State and bordering states
🌳 School Seedlings Sale: available for educators and youth club leaders. Eligible classes and clubs are encouraged to apply before March 31 and will receive free tree seedlings to plant in April/May.

Learn more and apply here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7127.html.

So, would anyone like to see us try and create a map like this for East Aurora??
12/12/2022

So, would anyone like to see us try and create a map like this for East Aurora??

The database, which has delighted New Yorkers since 2016, has been expanded to include 150,000 park trees.

Did you know that our beautiful black walnut trees probably do NOT kill plants under them?? I didn't!Time to go plant mo...
09/21/2022

Did you know that our beautiful black walnut trees probably do NOT kill plants under them?? I didn't!

Time to go plant more black walnut trees!

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) is a tree well-known for its ability to negatively affect other plants growing nearby, a phenomenon known as allelopathy. But is Black Walnut really as allelopathic as the Internet would have you believe? In this episode, the guys go nuts: delving into this question and

I'm disheartened to read this:https://www.investigativepost.org/2022/07/25/buffalo-is-slowly-losing-its-trees/Fortunatel...
07/27/2022

I'm disheartened to read this:
https://www.investigativepost.org/2022/07/25/buffalo-is-slowly-losing-its-trees/

Fortunately East Aurora's Village Board has consistently supported our tree planting efforts and I can proudly say we usually plant 3 to 4 times as many street trees as we remove each year.

Please continue to support our efforts, and PLANT MORE TREES!

Buffalo is cutting down trees at twice the rate it's planting them, and the loss is more pronounced on the East Side.

07/25/2022

The Tree Board has seven members and was established by the Village Tree Ordinance. There are also two ex officio members. The first board members were appointed in 1999.

Hello friends!We really hate removing big old trees. Old giants are just so valuable. They just take too long to regrow!...
07/25/2022

Hello friends!

We really hate removing big old trees. Old giants are just so valuable. They just take too long to regrow! We do, however, love maintaining them! Pruning old trees (removing dead limbs as well as reducing top weight) is a great way to keep them going for years to come.

Last week we finally received Village Board approval for an updated Tree Maintenance Policy! You can find it here, in the top-right corner: https://www.east-aurora.ny.us/government/tree-board

It's hard for us to keep an eye on 4,000 individual trees! If your street trees need help or you notice a tree in a village park that's looking a little questionable, just let us know!

The Tree Board has seven members and was established by the Village Tree Ordinance. There are also two ex officio members. The first board members were appointed in 1999.

https://arbordayblog.org/treecare/how-to-properly-water-your-trees/Lots of new trees planted around the village and town...
07/05/2022

https://arbordayblog.org/treecare/how-to-properly-water-your-trees/

Lots of new trees planted around the village and town this year - let's keep 'em happy and growing as they settle into their new homes!

These new trees need lots of water, not just a spray through the air where most of it just evaporates or ends up on the neighbor's driveway!

Contact Village Hall if you'd like to purchase one of those "green bags" to make both you and your new tree's lives easier.

Guest post by John Lang of Friendly Tree. Now that summer is in full swing, watering your trees properly is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and stress-free. With much of the Southwest United States currently in drought conditions, consistent watering is key to happy trees. But did you know...

05/05/2022
04/27/2022

Too many "Tree Service" companies around that are basically a couple guys with chainsaws. Too many people think "oh just cut it down". Too many people want a big green fake carpet for... well, I'm not really sure why.

Take a few moments and consider alternatives before you do it! Talk to an arborist! (Hello, Bradley Tree and Landscaping!) You'll never get that tree back. Consider pruning the tree instead and giving it a few more years.

Mature trees simply take decades to replace - noone's come up with a way to make it happen faster yet!

Chainsaws, the saddest sound of Spring...

Hey Everyone! Arbor Day is Friday!That means, plant more trees! If you haven't, why not? Maybe we can help! (Seriously)I...
04/25/2022

Hey Everyone! Arbor Day is Friday!

That means, plant more trees! If you haven't, why not? Maybe we can help! (Seriously)

If you have, let us know:

Our survey will help tell us what kinds of trees are being planted around town. Answer if you live anywhere in the town of Aurora, not just the village! Your location isn't required, but we'd love to create a map showing where trees are planted - our goal is to plant at least 10,000 by the end of th...

A tree-mendous contest, you say?  Hmm...Arbor Day is Apr 29....
04/19/2022

A tree-mendous contest, you say? Hmm...

Arbor Day is Apr 29....

Spring is here, and that means planting season is nearly upon us!You may see orange stakes in your neighbors' front yard...
04/05/2022

Spring is here, and that means planting season is nearly upon us!

You may see orange stakes in your neighbors' front yards, that means a new tree will soon be there, care of our friendly Department of Public Works and our friends at Boston Hill Nursery.

You can contact us here or at [email protected] to get your house put on our list - we might have a few spots left this Spring, or we'll get you in line for late in the year or early next.

In the meantime, we know LOTS of people plant trees this time of year, and we want to hear from you! We think we can plant *at least* 10,000 trees in the town of Aurora this year. Please report in and let us know what you're planting and where (if you feel comfortable telling us) so we can get your trees counted. Share with your neighbors (or just tell us what they've planted!). More to come!.....

Our survey will help tell us what kinds of trees are being planted around town. Answer if you live anywhere in the town of Aurora, not just the village! Your location isn't required, but we'd love to create a map showing where trees are planted - our goal is to plant at least 10,000 by the end of th...

03/31/2022

It is early, but you all know that once the sun is out, all of nature comes out in one day....READ This:
NO MOW UNTIL MOTHER'S DAY.
With grains in limited supply this year and next year, mother Earth needs all the pollinators to help feed our planet.PLEASE, no mowing, let flowers grow, let the grass grow, restore eco systems by doing nothing. Including: NO SPRAYING.,
LET IT BE......,that simple.

Why plant trees??So you can be part of our 2021-2022 Tree Planting Census! (more to come soon!)The last of our 8 preferr...
02/22/2022

Why plant trees??

So you can be part of our 2021-2022 Tree Planting Census! (more to come soon!)

The last of our 8 preferred species for this year is the tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera). One of the fastest growing, tallest trees found around Western New York, tuliptree can grow over 2 ft per year, and reach over 150' tall (in the right conditions of course!). Yellow-green leaves have a distinctive vase-like shape that's easily spotted from afar.

You can visit huge tuliptree specimens in West Falls on the trails behind JP Nicely Park and the Waldorf School leading down to Cazenovia Creek.

Why Plant Trees?The first hint of Spring is in the air, and if you've been around the village at all, you know early Spr...
02/09/2022

Why Plant Trees?

The first hint of Spring is in the air, and if you've been around the village at all, you know early Spring means a great show along Center and Olean Streets as the cherries and crabapples come into bloom!

Crabapples are next on our list of smaller trees to plant this Spring - the flowers can be dark pink to white and will completely cover the tree in a magnificent display. They smell delicious, too! Fruit can cling to the branches well into winter and can be used to make a fantastic jelly!

Did you know that crabapples and sweet, fruit apples are basically the same species?? Snack apples were domesticated starting in Central Asia at least 4,000 years ago.

Don't Throw It Out!12 or 13 years ago we pulled a bunch of old trim while renovating our old 1917 home in the village. I...
01/14/2022

Don't Throw It Out!

12 or 13 years ago we pulled a bunch of old trim while renovating our old 1917 home in the village. I've saved the wood (covered in thick white paint, on the left) through some rolled eyes and frustration, and finally got around to stripping it ('safe' orange-smelling stuff, in the middle) and running it lightly through my planer (on the right).

You can't buy wood like that from Lowes.... partly because I believe it's old American chestnut.

By all means, renovate homes in the village! The village looks fantastic for it. But please don't throw away that awesome old wood! Who knows what kind of treasure you might have!

Why Plant Trees?For fun! Our next "preferred" tree for this year is the American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), a grea...
01/05/2022

Why Plant Trees?

For fun! Our next "preferred" tree for this year is the American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), a great little tree with seed pods that folks will really notice - they very much resemble hop cones used for brewing beer, and while I don't *think* you can use hophornbeam for that, they're still fun to talk about! Wildlife in the village will certainly get after those seeds, and hophornbeam is a host for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. It's a tough tree for smaller spots.

Contact us here or at [email protected] to get on our list for this Spring planting season. Our excellent workers at the DPW will put a free tree in your front yard!

Why Plant Trees?Older folks remember when stately elm trees arched over block after block, shading well-kept homes. Unfo...
01/03/2022

Why Plant Trees?

Older folks remember when stately elm trees arched over block after block, shading well-kept homes. Unfortunately, a disease killed almost all of them, and it's taken decades to hybridize new cultivars with the ability to resist that fungus.

So let's plant some of these new elms! The second large tree we'd love to plant this year, hybrid elms grow fast - as much as 3 ft a year. Spring flowers are followed by green, wafer-like seed pods which mature soon after flowering is finished; the seeds are quite popular with both birds and other wildlife.

Why Plant Trees?Because Mountain Ash berries are awesome!(A cedar waxwing may have paid us off to say that)Third on our ...
12/21/2021

Why Plant Trees?

Because Mountain Ash berries are awesome!

(A cedar waxwing may have paid us off to say that)

Third on our list of 8 for this year, Sorbus americana is a small, light understory tree with pretty white spring flowers and dark green leaves that turn yellow, orange and reddish-purple in the fall. In fall it's clusters of bright orange berry-like fruit are eye-catching and loved by birds. Even better, the bright fruit stays on the tree and will stick around through the dark winter days and keep attracting attention.

Unlike other ash trees, mountain ash is actually a member of the rose family and *not* a host for the emerald ash borer!

Why Plant a Tree?For the future! Trees planted today can be enjoyed by our kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, great-great...
12/19/2021

Why Plant a Tree?

For the future! Trees planted today can be enjoyed by our kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, great-great.... well, you get the idea!

Again, let us know (here or by email at [email protected]) if you'd like to get on our list for a free street tree planting next Spring!

Second on the list this year is the mighty oak - we love native white oak (Quercus alba or bicolor) and Northern red oak (Quercus rubra), each of which can live for hundreds of years and many generations of our kids. White oak is the exclusive host for *hundreds* of species of moths and butterflies - and more caterpillars equal more birds!

East Aurora is already host to some fantastic oaks, including a towering example at the corner of Center and, you might have guessed, Oakwood.

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