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Huber: Doing the neighborly thing comes easy

We've been hearing a lot of comments about aesthetics around the city lately, some of it good, some of it critical in nature.

With all the rainfall, the grass and trees for the most part -- where there has been any any degree of care at all by the homeowners -- are looking green and plush.

However, there are a few exceptions, especially when it comes to the boulevard trees.

According to city ordinance, as a homeowner, the occupant is responsible for maintenance including watering and trimming of the boulevard trees and grass, with the exception of berm areas specifically designated city property.

However, if you lived adjacent to a berm that happened to be city property and saw that the trees or lawn area were in distress, wouldn't you want to provide a little effort at your own expense just for the good of seeing the tree or grass survive if that were the simple, temporary cure until city officials could be notified.

Luckily, watering so far this year hasn't been the issue, but is some cases, the blatant lack of tree trimming certainly is.

Some boulevards trees, especially in residential areas, are in dire need of being groomed, mainly due to the lack of any previous maintenance attention.

We are not sure if homeowners are aware of the city ordinance.

How can you not look out your window or stand in your yard and see that a tree on your very own boulevard is half the size of others around it and realize that if it were trimmed accordingly would have a fighting chance of catching up with thriving neighboring counterparts.

For those of you not comfortable doing this your selves, either ask a knowledgable neighbor for help or call the city forestry staff and they will come out and do the necessary trimming.

As a matter of fact, you will be seeing city crews out in the neighborhoods of Charleswood and Arbor Glen yet this season doing just such work, including street side clearance involving oversized tree branches and other discretionary trimming to better free up curb areas to accommodate the safety of sanitation and street crews; and in advance of street work next year in Arbor Glen that will require extra clearance for the overlay trucks.

So if you have a boulevard tree in need of a little nurturing, take a few minutes to approach it and trim it. If you are not sure how to do it or would like some assistance then call the city forestry staff at 433-5408 and they will be more than happy to lend a hand.

This action will go a long way in preserving the integrity and longevity of the plantings and also generate a much better looking neighborhood in the process.