Mother Nature Made Sunday Tree Planting Possible

Volunteers (at top) work in Sunday’s cold to plant trees in Lower Frederick’s Village Center Park

Mother Nature Made Sunday Tree Planting Possible
Tree positioning is as much art as science, volunteers learned Sunday at Village Center Park

ZIEGLERVILLE PA – Mother Nature, whose agenda often trumps almost everyone else’s, decided Sunday (Nov. 14, 2021) was the best day to plant trees in Lower Frederick’s Village Center Park. Yes, Sunday at 9 a.m. was cold, and among the first thing tree-planting volunteers did was reach for cups of coffee to warm themselves. Unlike Saturday, though, Sunday brought no rain and the wind had calmed.

So although Nature won again, so too did township residents, the group donating its time, effort, and talents acknowledged.

Mother Nature Made Sunday Tree Planting Possible
Township Supervisors’ Vice-Chair Marla Hexter prepares to cover with soil one of two trees she donated in honor of her parents

Some of them bought and donated a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees, and all helped establish them, at spaces in the park once occupied by trees that were victims of emerald ash borers. The new plantings are in the park’s south end, across from Sacks and Sons Inc. and near the Route 73 traffic circle.

The donations were made possible when township supervisors agreed with a Parks and Recreation Board request to create a tree donor fund. The fund accepts contributions to help buy and, if desired, for a fixed sum to designate trees in tribute to a loved one, friend, or organization.

Mother Nature Made Sunday Tree Planting Possible
Township resident and tree surgeon Warren Jacobs selected the trees and provided materials and tools to get them planted

The trees were to have been planted Saturday at 1:30 p.m., but as Parks and Recreation Chair Pam Reich pointed out in an e-mail, the “wind and driving rain (are) worse than indicated in the forecasts, and hypothermia is not what we are going for.” Sunday morning became the default option.

It became a teaching moment as well. Warren Jacobs of Jacobs Tree Surgery Inc. in Perkiomenville, whom Reich praised for choosing the trees and providing necessary tools and supplies, also talked about how tree-growing techniques have changed over time and, as a result, changed the way trees are prepared for planting.

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