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Perry Hall Improvement Association Tends 150 New Trees

Volunteers helped saplings hit by the orangestriped oakworm.

Diane Brazil of the submitted the following text and photos.

The Perry Hall Improvement Association’s Greening Committee recently gave some attention to the 150 plus trees that were planted over the last four years in the Perry Hall area. The PHIA, along with a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, helped protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and local streams by planting urban trees in the area. Some of the tree types that were planted are redbud, maple, shumard oak, river birch, sweet bay magnolia and white fringetree. Joppa Road, from Belair Road to Ramblebrook, Ebenezer Road from the high school to Belair Road and Holiday Manor Road are forever beautified with these gorgeous trees. 

All of the oak trees were hit hard by the orangestriped oakworm this year. The oakworms are voracious feeders, and quickly skeletonized the leaves of the oak trees. If only hit once, the trees generally are able to survive with minimal growth loss or crown dieback. The greatest damage is the aesthetic impact and nuisance the caterpillar create.  

Rob Prenger, our Maryland State forester and Dorothy Wells, a master gardener and co-chair of the original project were on hand instructing how to prune the trees. Along with pruning all 150 trees the group fertilized and mulched the 65 trees that were planted on school property. All in all the trees are doing well. We do plan to replace five of the trees later this fall. 

Diane Brazil, the chairperson of the project would like to thank all who gave up their Saturday to help with this part of the project. Planting the trees is the easy part counting on volunteers to help maintain the trees is difficult. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four! Do your part and plant a tree!

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