The Tree Care committee co-chairs are Julia Bradford, Suzanne Goldstein, and Virginia Pitman. Carnegie Hill residents see their team on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall pruning trees. However, they do a lot more where their hands are not so visible. CHN surveyed empty tree sites in Carnegie Hill as well as on an almost barren Third Avenue and applied for new trees through MillionTreesNYC. As a result, there are more than 180 new trees in the Carnegie Hill area, both in newly created and formerly empty beds. More empty tree beds in Carnegie Hill will be filled in the near future. The committee also assists in dead tree removal. For issues concerning dead tree removal please refer to this link.
The Tree Care committee also assists other groups with tree and planting projects; it has helped Hunter College High School select plants for their tree beds, offered direction to the greening project at PS 198, and pruned some growing saplings being tended to by the East Harlem Herb Gardeners.
This spring, the preferred planting around tree beds have been hedge type plants, which do not survive because they require a lot of water. Here is some advice from MillionTreesNYC about planting in street tree beds:
1. Use perennials, annuals and bulbs
2. Tree health comes first
3. Choose plants that require little water
4. AVOID planting bamboo, ivy, vines, woody shrubs or evergreens. They all require a lot of water and can harm the tree