I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy driving down an oak canopy-lined street. The oak trees form a green tunnel providing cooling shade, beauty, and slows down car speeds. There are some roads in Safety Harbor like Grand Central Avenue, 10th Avenue, and parts of Country Villas where an oak canopy exists. The City is starting a shade tree planting program where free trees will be planted in residents’ front yards to provide shade and beauty to our City.Trees available are southern live oak, shumard oak, bluff oak, swamp chestnut oak, sand live oak, bald cypress, pignut hickory and winged elms. Trees are available in 15 and 30 gallon containers. Please select two tree choices since one may not be available. Trees will not be planted in city rights-of-way due to utility conflicts and not within 15’ of powerlines. Application can be found on the city website: cityofsafetyharbor.com/StreetTrees and can be mailed to City of Safety Harbor Attn: Art Finn, 750 Main Street, or emailed to Art at firstname.lastname@example.org.And don’t forget, the Mayor’s Tree Plant Challenge! Once you get your trees planted, email your tree planting successes and nominations for Mayor Joe Ayoub’s Tree Challenge Award to MayorsTreeChallenge@cityofsafetyharbor.com by September 1.
- Art Finn, City Arborist