We will have twenty one city grant trees to plant on October 20th. Rain date will be the following Saturday. On October 8th the city will be placing flagging at each property marking the location the trees will be planted. Underground locations will be called in to mark each property.
The city plans to drop off the trees and two bags of mulch next to the tree site on Friday the 19th. The starting time for planting on 10/20 will be at 9:00 a.m. at Linda's Way in front of the Fischer's home. We will have maps showing locations where trees are to be planted.
Urban Forestry will provide work gloves and shovels and containers to place the soil. Bottled water will also be available for people planting trees. We will meet briefly to discuss tree planting method and should have all 21 trees in the ground in around two to three hours if enough people show up. Five gallon water buckets will be made available but the city is asking homeowners provide the water. The city will also provide a tree guard for each tree since Bambi is around and we have seen an increase in deer rub tree mortality. They will try to pick up all the soil that day but might have to pick up some containers the following Monday.
Please plan to attend and help spread the word: Our next Sherwood Oaks Neighbors meeting will be held Monday, October 8th, 7-9 PM, in the Chapel at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. This is an important meeting as Mayor Mark Kruzan will be on hand to talk about his vision for the south side of Bloomington. We have a few changes coming up in our area (planned Ivy Chase development immediately behind us off Walnut St. Pike, apartments for chronically homeless next to ReStore building, possible widening of Rhorer Rd.). The SON executive committee felt this would be an opportune time to hear from Mayor Kruzan. We will also attend to other agenda items, including the Oct. 20 planting of the trees we have received with the city grant and planning for our December luminary display. If anyone has agenda items or questions you'd like the Mayor to address please send those along to us. And, if you are willing to help distribute SON flyers to your neighbors so we can get more involved, please respond to this post. We can definitely use more hands for that. Thanks, and hope to see you at the meeting and/or the tree planting!