MANDAN, N.D. - After Dutch Elm Disease ruined part of Mandan's greenery on some arterial streets, the Forestry Department is replanting trees for some homeowners to help rejuvenate the city.
Many elm trees along this street behind me were lost, now the forestry department says it hopes to beautify the area with new planted trees.
Homeowners say this service is a win, win situation for everyone, adding more greenery to the city free of charge to homeowners along Sixth Avenue and First Street North West.
"Tree's do a lot for property value. It gives a sense of stability if someone comes and looks at the property. You got nice trees on the property and they've grown up. It makes it more of a family home," said Mandan resident Ben Deossenko.
The forestry department dug the holes, planted 27 trees, put up stakes and laid down the mulch.
"It just makes the neighborhood look more beautiful and you get more birds, and more wildlife, shade, energy saving, storm water management. I mean, there's so many benefits to having trees," said city arborist Katie Nagel.
Homeowners can choose what tree they want planted in their yard, ranging from elm, maple and ornamental trees.
"We don't want to plant the same thing all in one area. So, it's kind of nice to have, we'll have all these different pops of colors and different shapes of trees going up Sixth Avenue," said Nagel.
All homeowners need to do is be responsible for future maintenance of the trees and water them.
The Forestry Department offers a cost-sharing boulevard tree-planting program where homeowners can be reimbursed for up to $50 a tree.
If you’d like to be part of that program you can contact the Department.