Residents will see 84 trees planted in Canal Winchester's right of way as part of the fall planting program.

Residents will see 84 trees planted in Canal Winchester's right of way as part of the fall planting program.

Village council will be asked to pass emergency legislation for the fall street tree program on Oct. 4.

Three companies submitted bids to do the work. The lowest, from Winchester Landscape Gardens, was for $14,315. Klamforth Inc. submitted a bid of $15,028 and Greenscapes Landscapes submitted a bid for $15,108, according to village officials.

Public service director Matt Peoples said on average, Canal Winchester spends $25,000 a year on its fall and spring tree-planting program. Some years, that has gone as high as $40,000, he said.

"It depends on how much (money) we get in," he said. "The more development we have, the more money we have coming into (the fund)."

In addition to an allocation from the general fund, he said money for the tree-planting program comes a charge assessed on every new home built in Canal Winchester.

Urban forester Dick Miller said the village has a street tree advisory committee that decides what species will be planted twice a year. Trees to be planted this fall include shagbark hickory, Norway spruce, eastern white pine and Robinson crabapple.

"We discuss what species will go where," he said. "We also have a list we work from. Occasionally, we try something that is not on the list."

Miller said the window to get the trees in the ground is October through December.

"Trees come from multiple suppliers on different dates during that period," he said. "Assuming all trees delivered to the contractor, 84 trees would equate to three to four days work for a six-man crew."

Miller said if an entire street is receiving new street trees, the village likes to plant three to four different species in order to add some variety.

He said an inventory is conducted in order to determine what streets will receive new trees.

"We walk around, drive around and see what streets need trees," he said. "Like right now, Cherry Landing is kind of the busy place to build a house."

There are also several trees being planted in the Westchester subdivision, he said, adding that an effort is made to plant trees on streets where new homes are being constructed.

In other instances, the village tries to fill in some gaps, he said.

"Occasionally, we do a plantin,g like state Route 33 and Gender (Road) that is away from homes," Miller said.

This year's program includes planting 20 trees around Howe Pond along Howe Industrial Parkway in the extreme northeastern section of the village, he said.

Trees will also be planted on Dietz Drive, Columbus Street, Porter Drive, Kramer Street, Cherry Bend, Chesterville Court, Stradley Place, Hocking Street, West Mound Street, West Oak Street, North High Street, Brunns Court, Bergstresser, Bigerton Bend, Murdock Lane, Crossett Court, Brooksbend, Streams End, Hemminford Drive, Patch Drive and Bromfield Drive.

Miller said it is important to have both a fall and spring planting cycle in order to cut down on the number of weather-related problems.

"There was a horrible drought in 1989," he said. "People lost a lot of trees that year."

Miller said he was not the urban forester when the street tree advisory board was established in the early 1990s. There was a need for the board, because trees were being taken down to make roads wider or when new homes were built, he said.

"People don't want to live in a desert," he said. "They want to look out and see trees."

Trees have a tremendous calming effect, improve aesthetics and help create a sense of place, Miller said. They are good for cooling and purifying the air and slowing storm water runoff, he said.