While you’re out enjoying a nature walk in one of Merriam’s colorful parks this unseasonably warm fall, you might notice signs identifying different species of trees. This is part of a Kansas Forest Service initiative to encourage the planting of different kinds of trees. Signs provide the common and scientific names, as well as the mature height and spread.
Merriam’s parks and trees identified as part of this project include:
• Vavra Park (6040 Slater St.): HackBerry
• Chatlain Park (6300 Carter Ave.): Shingle Oak
• Farmers Market (5740 Merriam Dr.): Burr Oak
• Quail Creek Park (7024 Grandview Ave.): Hickory
Planting a variety of trees in any particular area makes a big difference if one species is especially vulnerable to a pest or disease, as is currently the case with ash trees in Kansas and other states.
The Kansas Forest Service recommends planting a wide array of tree species in your home landscape and community. To learn which trees will work best in your area, visit, www.KansasForests.org and click on “Resources” then “Community Forestry.” To see locations of where you can view tree specimens, see the KFS arboretum map at: http://www.kansasforests.org/events/diversity.html.
For more information, contact Kim Bomberger, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-532-3315.