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City of Colorado Springs designates April as “Tree Month”

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- This April is "Tree Month" in Colorado Springs as the city celebrates its 150th anniversary.

This year, City Forestry plans to plant a total of 391 public trees. The vast majority of this planting will take place in irrigated medians, including 302 hardy, drought-tolerant trees, like hackberry, linden, catalpa, oaks and ponderosa pines. 

Dennis Will, City Forester said, “What it does is it changes the environment. It slows the wind down, it creates habitat it creates visual aesthetic beauty.”

In addition to the median plantings, 73 assorted species will be strategically planted in parks citywide, offering future shade for picnic tables, playgrounds, pathways, and streetscapes. 

The city is also asking for your help, as part of the COS 150: Tree Challenge residents and business owners are encouraged to plant a tree and track its progress. The goal of the project is to plant 18,071 new trees citywide, a nod to the city’s founding in 1871. Will says that the amount of people taking up the challenge has been great to see.

“We get groups calling to donate and wanting to volunteer time to plant trees. We know that by talking to our nurseries that they have sold over 20,000 trees over the last 10 years or so every year. So the challenge is not so much the buy and plant the trees, it’s the tracking of the ones actually being put in the ground.”

If you plant a tree and want to track it you can do so by clicking here.

Colorado Springs / Local News / News

Kolby Crossley

Kolby is a reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Kolby here.

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  1. I suppose these trees will replace the previously city planted tress that have died from neglect and poor weather. Firstly, it’s a stupid idea to plant a tree until late May. They should plant only half the amount and actually take care of them instead of plant more and hope for the best.

    1. That is what happens to most trees. Planted, neglected, and killed off by drought. Person next blames the nursery, and demands a new tree.

  2. “Tree month”… this sounds like a local rap song waiting to happen especially with 4/20 lol. I’m not hating I’m just saying I don’t see out of state visitors considering it “Tree Month” due to arboreal awareness… Colorado Springs knows exactly how to market one of the state’s largest source of revenue!

  3. Dirt Doctor out of Texas has a Tree Care Program that if followed, would keep many trees alive longer and healthier, less prone to almost all stresses. The Primary Issue is that trees are planted TOO DEEP! If their roots have some surface exposure, they thrive the best, known as Root Flare Exposure. The complete program has been known to give up to 2 or so zones cold/heat tolerance, as well as flood/drought tolerance.

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