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Published March 27, 2013, 06:19 PM

Late spring creates more work for city forestry crews

The late arrival of spring is making it a challenge for the forestry department to do its annual tree removal. This time each year trees that are in poor condition are removed from berms or boulevards. The snow and cold can make that job tougher.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The late arrival of spring is making it a challenge for the forestry department to do its annual tree removal. This time each year trees that are in poor condition are removed from berms or boulevards. The snow and cold can make that job tougher.

Right now there is several feet of snow on the berms -- much different than on a normal year where there is no, or very little snow. So this year crews just have to work around it.

With temps barely in the double digits, crews from Gary's Trees Service, hired by the Park District, are dealing with the weather as they slice and dice.

Mike Fugazzi, Forester : "Usually, the snow is kind of gone. everyone is thinking spring and we are not out here shivering."

Fugazii says he can't remember a year like this one where crews had to deal with so much snow when removing the trees.

Forester: "The upside about this is, when the guys are removing the trees we don't have the damage in the turf, but it is a little harder raking and stuff like that."

Because the ground is still frozen and with the deepness of the snow, crews will have to come back later to finish the job when the weather is warm.

Forester: "We will grind out the stumps towards the end of April. And in some instances we will actually replace them with trees."

Property owners are given a notice with a door tag a few days before crews cut down a trees so that they are not shocked about losing a tree on the berm.

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