City to fell sick trees in the wooded area behind Ashkelon Garden, will replace with 750 new ones

The City of Côte Saint-Luc must fell approximately 250 trees in the wooded area behind Ashkelon Gardens. The work begins the week of January 28, 2019. The work is expected to end by February 20, 2019.

The ash trees must be felled because they have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer. Although these trees are still standing, they are unstable and must be felled for the safety the population.

During the work, residents in the area will hear the sounds of trucks, chainsaws, and wood chippers. The workday will run from approximately 8am to 5pm. No work will be done on weekends.

Much of the chipped wood will remain in the woodland area. Wood that cannot be chipped will be temporarily placed at Veterans Park and will be collected from that area in February 2019. Part of the parking lot behind the Bernard Lang Civic Centre will be used to chip wood.

Starting in May 2019, the city will clear 21,000 buckthorn from the area, which is necessary to give new trees a chance to thrive. In early fall, 750 new trees will be planted, as will bushes and grasses. The trees are indigenous to the area and were selected because tend to grow quickly. They include the following varieties: Silver Maple, Eastern Cottonwood Poplar, Northern White, Cedar, Common Hackberry, American Linden/Basswood, Eastern Hemlock, Bur Oak, Shagbark, Hickory and Bitternut Hickory. The city will also be planting approximately 500 shrubs, which include the following six varieties: Alder, Willow, Elderberry, Dogwood and Honeysuckle.

 

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