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Trees in the area typically live 12 years, according to the City of Lone Tree’s website.
The best time to plant trees are the last few weeks in April and the first few weeks in May.
Julius Zsako, Lone Tree’s city forrester, said that as a general rule, a tree needs 10 gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree.
The trees located in a sprinkler system recieve 80 percent of needed water and still need additional watering.
Mulch is also important to maintaining a tree’s health, Zsako said. Mulch should be around the tree, but not up against the trunk. Mulch preserves soil moisture, moderates the temperature for the soil and root system and enchances organic composition of the soil.
For more information regarding the care of trees, Lone Tree links its residents to the CSU Extension website, extension.colostate.edu/publications-2.
Thirty-nine Lone Tree homeowners are laying down some new roots this spring now that Lone Tree’s annual tree sale has concluded.
Julius Zsako, Lone Tree’s city forester, was at the Lone Tree Hub parking lot the morning of April 8 where residents picked up the trees, offering advice for people on how to care for them.
“Every community in the Front Range needs more trees,” Zsako said. “Every tree in the Front Range needs a little more tender love and care. We have a harsh environment.”
At Lone Tree’s annual tree sale, residents can purchase a tree at a reduced price. The city partners with Alameda Wholesale Nursery. Allissa Dailey, events manager at the Lone Tree Arts Center, said the city covers half the cost of the trees.
This year’s trees — Colorado spruce, Japanese lilac and spring snow crab being the most popular — ranged in price from $55 to $80.
Because spring is a better time to plant trees than summer, the sale was moved from summertime to now. That probably accounted for the drop in total sales — 39 compared to last year’s 60, Dailey said.
“We had typically done the pickup in June,” Dailey said. “We tried our best to connect with people on all our marketing channels, but I’m sure there are going to be people who are going to be frustrated when they see they missed the tree sale.”
Dry seasons, inconsistent weather and diseases make Colorado a difficult place for trees to thrive, Zsako said.
Resident Tom Bell picked up four trees,for himself, his neighbors and grown kids. The inconsistent weather several years back killed many of their trees in the neighborhood, he said.
“We had two really nice crab trees in our front yard that died a couple of years ago,” Bell said. “Having trees is really nice — they add to property value.”
When planting a tree, Zsako suggests planning ahead — finding the right location, estimating the tree’s potential future size and planting a reasonable distance from buildings or structures.
Overall, Zsako was excited Lone Tree will have 39 new trees this spring.
“Trees do more than add shade, beauty and comfort,” Zsako said. “They make our lives better. They enhance the value of our property and make fun places to hang out.”
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