Spring tree planting - only 40 trees?

So I understand the Philly Tree People are only planting 40 trees next week. Anyone know why so few?

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th there's empty planters on Thompson Street and Huntingdon behind Mount Wawa. I think there are two.

Is there any way we can have a tree-lined street behind Mt. Wawa?

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i need a tree

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th wrote:
So I understand the Philly Tree People are only planting 40 trees next week. Anyone know why so few?

Did you ask the Philly Tree People? I agree that is odd... and sad :(

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jbette01 wrote:
th wrote:
So I understand the Philly Tree People are only planting 40 trees next week. Anyone know why so few?

Did you ask the Philly Tree People? I agree that is odd... and sad :(

That seemed to easy.

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I signed up and was told I was scheduled for a fall planting. I guess they have a limit on how many they are planting??

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Are they planting 40 every week?

It's all so beautiful.

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LST wrote:
Are they planting 40 every week?

No. That's the whole Spring planting.

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There are lots of back yard trees being offered for free, though. I requested one, so I'm picking it up in a few weeks. Not a bad deal. It was through this site. http://treephilly.org/
There will be more trees, and more seasons for more trees. It'll be okay.

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We signed up for a tree for our backyard but we will not be using it. If anyone wants it for their private property, PM me.

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Matt Benatar wrote:
There are lots of back yard trees being offered for free, though. I requested one, so I'm picking it up in a few weeks. Not a bad deal. It was through this site. http://treephilly.org/
There will be more trees, and more seasons for more trees. It'll be okay.

Obvious rationalization from the person who likely STOLE the other 60 trees that were supposed to planted.

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jbette01 wrote:
Matt Benatar wrote:
There are lots of back yard trees being offered for free, though. I requested one, so I'm picking it up in a few weeks. Not a bad deal. It was through this site. http://treephilly.org/
There will be more trees, and more seasons for more trees. It'll be okay.

Obvious rationalization from the person who likely STOLE the other 60 trees that were supposed to planted.

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If you haven't noticed, my target price for a tree is zero dollars.
(Actually, I have three trees in my yard purchased from GG, but I'm poor, and I want some more shade in my yard.)

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Just got this note from the tree folks:
We are not entirely sure about this, but it is not just our group. Many others are seeing smaller amounts of trees this time around. There is speculation that there is a shortage due to funding cuts. It may be because PHS does not have the money to pay the contractors to cut the sidewalk pits. The majority of the trees are those needing replacement, as well as those who already have tree pits. However, we still are in need of volunteers to help us implement our mulching brigade. We are being supplied with free mulch from the Recycle Center in Fairmount Park and are planning on going back to our original plantings to check on the health and well being of those trees, collecting specific data about them and having teams mulch the pits to encourage continued health. The shortage of trees is really a blessing so that we can take care of what we have.
ORCA is always welcome to encourage others to apply for trees whenever, but I think things won't really get better until the economy does.
Thanks for your interest and concerns. You're always welcome to email us any time. Let your membership know that this shortage is really a great way to make sure that the tree we have planted are maintained. We will be able to locate those trees in need of pruning as well. ORCA members can always help us when we announce our pruning clubs. That is when we need more help. We never get enough people out for those events.
We will be announcing them soon.

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I managed to catch Nikia, one of the tree girls, and inquired about the the low number.

She attributed the low number to the competitive side yard tree program and the cut off time for the spring planting. Funding may be a background issue, but she said they could have planted more if more people applied.

One hidden benefit to getting a tree from PTP - the community that comes from planting. I spent the day with two eighth grade boys from Penn Treaty Middle School who said they liked it and would come again. A family who brought their 3 year old daughter had a great time.

If you have been meaning to apply - do it now - you will get your tree in the spring! http://www.phillytreepeople.org/

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Good day despite the rain and a few obstacles. Trees made it into the ground. Hopefully the rain will help them settle in happily.

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Good info jbette01. Thanks. I'll get a few applications in soon.

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Thanks to the PTP and all the volunteers who planted a cherry tree in front of my house while I was out of town this weekend. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it grows up.

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I'm pretty sure the number is low because the requests were low.
If you want one on front of your house this Spring, it's probably still not too late to request one. I requested one online last week, and had a form in my mailbox two days later. I'll be getting a red bud any day, I think. The wait used to be over a year, so this was a nice surprise.

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Yay group! I look like I was rolling in mud.

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ronchito wrote:
Thanks to the PTP and all the volunteers who planted a cherry tree in front of my house while I was out of town this weekend. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it grows up.

You're welcome. Now don't douse it with bleach.

spui's picture

I requested a tree and just got the authorization form. It says were getting a ulmus parvifolia. When I researched this tree I found out it grows to 70 feet tall. Why would they plant a tree that grows this large?

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spui wrote:
I requested a tree and just got the authorization form. It says were getting a ulmus parvifolia. When I researched this tree I found out it grows to 70 feet tall. Why would they plant a tree that grows this large?

The tree varietals are determined by PHS after inspecting your site. It may be that they are choosing a subspecies that grows on the low end of the range. I would contact Philly Tree People with your questions.

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Ok thanks