You may have seen the sticks in a jack-hammered line on sidewalks around the City, or even been woken up by the jack-hammers, themselves (lovely, isn't it). Well, today's press release from Dan DeMaina makes sense of it all...Somerville is plantin' some trees!
After planting over 500 between 2010 and 2012, the City is looking to plant another 575 on it's way to 2,000 total by the end of 2015. Please call 311 if you would like a tree planted near you!
As for those sidewalk stakes, DeMaina writes, "First crews make sure the proposed tree pit will work and meets certain criteria before cutting around the full pit, and then jackhammering a small strip marked with stakes to avoid the tripping hazard created if the whole sidewalk slab is dug up and left sitting before the tree is planted. Workers will return in July with a backhoe and tree, lifting up the entire slab and planting the tree."