OCEAN TOWNSHIP: On Sunday, April 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the Shade Tree and Environmental Commissions will be giving free bare-root trees to township residents to add to the beauty of their homes and to help to reforest the township with trees lost to storms like, Sandy, development and other trees that had to be removed when rotting and dangerous.
Any residents who want the trees will receive them with instructions on planting and nurturing. The trees are small, but can take root for water and protection quickly. The Shade Tree and Environmental will have helpful tips to get you started. You will also learn to keep rodents away and water in a way to really help the newly planted trees to survive and grow.
Residents will select up to five trees, but only two of any type from the seven different types to be given out.
The types are:
Red Maple (Acer rubrum): Medium to large (40' x 30'), deciduous, adaptable to soils, full sun to partial shade. Fall color typically red.
Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra): Large (80' x 60'), deciduous, rapid growth, sun to partial shade. Our state tree. Oaks support the food web more than any other native tree.
Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor): Medium (60' x 60'), deciduous, sun to part shade, tolerates moist soils. One of the most beautiful native trees.
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana): Broadly conical evergreen, 30' to 60' high, adaptable to soils, sun.
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis): Small (30' x 25'), deciduous, adapt to all but forever saturated soils, sun to light shade. Pink flowers in spring and heart-shaped leaves.
Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum): Dense, multistemmed deciduous shrub, 5'-9' tall and wide, very adaptable to soils and exposure.
Bring this form (go to www.http://www.oceantwp.org/ - look for Tree Give-away), or get a form when you come to the pool complex on West Park Avenue across from the high school. Hand the form to a volunteer who will give you your trees.
The Shade Tree and Environmental teams and the town thank you for helping to restore Ocean Township's tree canopy!