Live Oak Trees Along University May be Cut Down by This Weekend
The four remaining Live Oak trees along University Boulevard may be cut down by this weekend if all goes according to plan.
The tree removal project was put on hold today because of the weather, but activities will start up again on Friday morning, Public Works Director Chris Peifer said.
The city hopes to have the project complete by this weekend, but if there are any delays it will bleed into Monday, he said.
The city has been keeping its eye on eight dying trees along University and Auden for the past five years.
The trees, which are more than 60 years old, are located on the southwest corner of the West University Elementary School. Six were located on University and two were located on Auden.
The trees have declined over the years because of construction compaction over time in the town center and the current drought, Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Connor said.
The city and Tri-Sports have tried to save the trees with soil aeration, root stimulation and special watering, according to the city. There are more trees located on the school’s campus that will decline and face probable removal and replacement in the near future.
The trees will be replaced with six Mexican Monterrey White Oaks to hopefully prevent potential Oak Wilt or Oak Decline, which is prevalent in the area.
The tree removal project started Tuesday, Dec. 20 and new trees are expected to be planted by Jan. 2.
The city, Tri-Sports and the West University Elementary School PTO is funding the project.