’s Public Works Department, led by certified arborist Chuck Zeilman, planted approximately 145 throughout the city in late April and early May. Many of the trees replace the 37 lost during the Springfield Pike reconstruction project.

typically plants around 100 per year.

The trees, grown at a nursery in Northern Ohio, were delivered to the city in late March. are selected and planted with the “right tree in the right place” mentality. This means the arborists select a tree species based on the specific location, taking into account the width of the tree lawn (width between the sidewalk and back of curb), underground and/or overhead utilities, proximity to other trees or structures, and so on. The goal is to provide a long-term, healthy, and diverse tree canopy.

Public Works employed an “all hands on deck” approach to getting the planted as quickly as possible.

Zeilman heads the tree program for the city.