FALL TREE PLANTING
The Tree Body and the Department of Public Works are
working with Connor Shaw, owner of Possibilities Place Nursery, in Monee. Mr. Shaw
specializes in growing native trees, shrubs and plants that are indigenous in northeast
Illinois. To reduce transplant shock, the trees are grown in containers, which preserve
their root systems. Also, the branches are not pruned; more leaves mean that the trees can
produce more food through photosynthesis. The advantage of this method is that tree care
is significantly reduced. Watering is necessary only from the time of transplant until
October. The following year, the tree should take care of itself, unless there is a
drought longer than three weeks.
This fall, Village employees planted 29 oaks, 18 other tree species, and
16 shrubs along rights-of-way and public areas. Planting native (species that grow here)
and planting correctly, should increase their chances of surviving and decrease the
maintenance of our new trees.