Fiorentini told LaBrode that Haverhill’s program is more ambitious in scope than Amesbury’s, and that although the city prefers to plant trees in the spring or fall, every tree that is planted comes with a maintenance and sustainability contract and one-year warranty. Fiorentini said every tree is guaranteed to be regularly watered and maintained for one year.
“The watering effort will enhance the ability of the trees to survive this season,” LaBrode said.
LaBrode also told the mayor that he was concerned about some of the locations chosen for new trees, including on Bailey and Ginty boulevards and a median strip on Main Street near White’s Corner. Fiorentini told him that under an urban tree planting program, not all trees are expected to survive.
“I believe trees are a testament to the future and represent a belief in the future,” Fiorentini told The Eagle-Tribune. “I want to greatly step up the number of trees we are planting.”
Fiorentini said the 25 trees planted this summer were supposed to have been planted in the spring, but there were unforeseen delays.
LaBrode said the city obtained some “really nice trees” and hired a professional company to come in and make sure the soil was properly prepared in advance of planting.
“Just as a homeowner would do in their own yard,” LaBrode said.
When Fiorentini launched his tree-planting program 10 years ago, during his first term as mayor, disease-resistant elms were planted on Elm Street. Every year since then, the city has planted new trees along various streets.
“We planted disease-resistant elm trees in the median strip along Bailey Boulevard this summer and, if they last, someday the city will have a beautiful, tree-lined street,” Fiorentini said. “We also replaced trees along Ginty Boulevard that had died. It’s a difficult area as a lot of cars go by and sand and salt builds up.”