Monday, July 29, 2019

Bellevue Gravel Bed a Great Addition to the Forestry Division

As part of a WI DNR Urban Forestry Grant, the Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department constructed a gravel bed to house bare root trees from spring to fall each year.  Bare root trees are significantly cheaper than balled-and-burlapped trees and are easier to plant for a small forestry operation as they aren't as heavy.  Bare root trees are purchased and delivered or picked up in spring and then stored in the gravel bed through the summer and receive regular watering to help booster root-growth.  Rainwater is collected from the gutters and eaves from the Village Community Center and stored in two water tanks for timed and regular watering each week.  These trees are then removed each fall for fall planting.  When removed from the gravel bed, the gravel falls away from the roots which again makes the trees very easy to transport.  There is little to no damage to the roots as compared to when a tree is harvested from the ground.  The trees in the gravel bed will be planted in village parks and other village-owned property.  The trees shown in the pictures are from the Packers First Down For Trees program.