Last year, 72nd Street expanded west from Northwest Waukomis Drive to North Beaman Avenue, and now Kansas City resident Paul Neill drives on it every day to work.
When the street was new, he noticed the many trees planted along the new route. His view now? Not so leafy. He said he counted about 50 dead trees just on the north side.
So he wants to know: Why shake that money tree for uncared-for plants? Why doesn’t Kansas City replace the dead ones?
The Watchdog got word from city forester Kevin Lapointe, and we could be seeing some foliage along that route by fall.
He said the trees, which are still under warranty, were planted through the city’s Public Works Department and its crews will be pulling out the dead ones. New trees will be planted come autumn.
Lapointe said the demise of the trees was probably related to the drought. Trees are to be maintained by the contractor during the warranty period. Once the warranty expires, they are only watered, if needed, as the city is able to commit staffing and equipment.
The Watchdog has a strong affinity for trees, especially their bark.
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