5/4/2017: Update on Randlett tree planting

Update from the Tree Czar, Leah, on the new trees we’ll be planting on Randlett. Look at the use of italics and bold font. My god you guys.

As you probably gathered, we didn’t make the Spring planting cut.  It is, however, highly likely we are good to go for the fall!

I’ll be meeting with the program coordinator shortly to “walk the neighborhood”.

Now is the time to amend your household application, if needed 

If you have any adjustments to your previous application (e.g., you’re not interested/unavailable for November 18, you want fewer trees, you didn’t submit an app, etc.) please fill out the attached application and return it to me, or let me know you are opting out.  The deadline is May 25th so I can make the fall application deadline.

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates!

Training for Participants – Saturday morning, November 4, 2017.  

Current training volunteers include: Leah Daly, Pria Sarma, Joe Waters, and Jennifer Morgan.  Another 1-2 volunteers would be helpful to cover bases – please let me know if you are interested.

Planting Day – Saturday morning, November 18, 2017


7/27/2016: More trees for Randlett Park

Randlett Park has lost a few trees in the berm lately (space between sidewalk & road). Now this might not be a big deal on a street like Eliot, but we’re America’s Favorite Street (.com). And America’s Favorite Street (.com) should be tree lined.

Leah looked into this and here’s the deal: the Newton Tree Conservancy is accepting applications for Spring 2017 tree plantings.  NTC has planted more than 470 trees since 2010. Species include crabapple, red oak & linden. I’m more of a Turkish filbert man myself.

Turkish filbert

If you would like your berm considered for planting, please reply to this post or let Leah know. She’s gonna head this up for us.

More info on plantings, NTC, etc. below:





11/13/2014: How to handle trees between your sidewalk & the street

Guest blog from Ken at #146 you guys.  Good stuff about trees.

Early this past summer, I saw black carpenter ants wandering up and down the tree in front of our house (and even across the street to the tree on the other side). I called the City and found that since the tree in question is on the berm between the sidewalk and the street, it’s really the city’s tree, and they’ll take care of it as needed. Well, the guy from the Forestry dept (part of Parks & Recreation, as far as I can tell) told me a big chunk of the tree was unhealthy (we could see inside a major split of a large arm of the tree). The arm in question was over the front yard, so it likely wouldn’t have dropped on my car or in the street – but no point in waiting to see. Since I hadn’t heard anything more, including any timeframe for the work, I called them again a few weeks ago. This seemed to remind them of the attention it needed.

Ken's tree
Newton contracted with Northern Tree Service. Two guys, 2 trucks, couple hours on Tuesday morning last week, and the suspect arm of the tree was no more. And I had a couple hundred pounds of wood to season for burning next winter. Simple! So: gentle reminder, if you have questions about the health of a tree between your sidewalk and the street, don’t shell out your own money to treat it, call the city of Newton first.
Ken's tree2