Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Despite the drought conditions that have killed off trees, the City of Wichita is urging residents to plant as many trees as possible.
Kansas has been getting a double whammy... not only with the drought, but with diseases that have been killing off our trees. Trees are a vital part of our existence, supplying oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide.
At Wichita's Mid-America All Indian Center, the city has been transplanting some trees that would have been bulldozed at various construction sites. They've been trying to do that across the city and despite the drought, arborist Gary Farris says that does not mean you should not plant a few trees.
"We're not always going to be in a drought," Farris explained. "We are going to see better years and when we do see those better years, it would be better to have trees that are on their way to being established, to gain a lot of maturity during those good years."
Due to budget constraints, the city is not going to be able to afford to plant as many new trees this year as they have in the past. Still, Farris says the park and rec department will likely plant about 300 new trees across the city this year.
As for you, a few varities that you can plant that should do well in this climate with very little care are the Chinese Pistache, elm trees, maple trees and redbud trees. But remember, don't plant a large tree underneath power lines.