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Winter Weather Slows Spring Shade Tree Planting in Washington Twp.

Residents can help line two residential streets with new trees on May 3.

Just when you thought it was over, signs of its long-lasting control still linger.

Winter, despite the spring temperatures, is still pestering Washington Township.

A shipment of bare-root shade trees did not make the cross-country trip to the area from Oregon recently due to poor planting conditions across the nation.

The delivery date for the arbors is now set for the week of April 28, according to Steve Zaikowski, head of the Shade Tree Commission.

The postponement has led to a community tree-planting day of May 3, with a rain date of May 10.

Residents looking to participate in the planting can meet other participants at the cul-de-sac on Falcon Lane at 8 a.m. that day for brief planting instructions. All the plantings will take place along Falcon Lane and Quail Run, and last until 1 p.m.

The Washington Township Department of Public Works has pre-dug the planting sites, Zaikowski said, and backfilled holes with loose soil.

Anyone interested in joining the effort can reach Zaikowski at 201-874-9105.

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