Tree & Greens Care

Street Trees Data Base

During 2003 the LVIS and East Hampton Village hired the Davey Resource Group to conduct an inventory of the 3500 trees which line our streets using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This inventory is accessed by computer by the Village Department of Public Works and the LVIS. It lists facts on each tree such as date of planting, pruning, inoculation and treatment for disease. Sites where new trees might be planted are noted. A separate hardcover Tree Management Program was set up to note action recommendations for care of specific trees.

Little Trees Program

Each spring the LVIS feeds the new street trees planted within the last three years.

Tree Replacement Program

Each fall the LVIS replaces any Village street trees that have died during the year. Since starting this program, the LVIS has replaced over 500 trees.

LVIS Elm Care

In the early 1950’s LVIS began a vigorous battle against Dutch Elm Disease (DED) which was devastating elm trees throughout the country. Today the LVIS, in partnership with the village, watches over 144 elm trees in consultation with Dr. Jay Stipes, a renowned arborist from Virginia Tech University. Each year about one third of the elms are treated with the fungicide Arbotect as a preventive; however, if a tree shows signs of distress, it is treated with the fungicide Alamo. In addition, twenty trees each year receive deep root feeding. We are delighted to report that in the last two years we have not lost one elm tree to Dutch Elm Disease.

We also need your help. Tell other people about the Dutch Elm Disease problem. And if you have a tree similar to the one pictured above, then please:

  • Have an arborist look at your elms weekly in the spring, then monthly until the fall.
  • If you notice yellowing or wilt, contact an arborist immediately.
  • If an elm must be taken down – it must be done immediately and all wood and elm debris taken to
    the approved dumpsite.
  • Under no circumstances is the wood to be stored on the owner’s property or be used for firewood.

For more information contact Mary Fallon 631-324-1220

Village Greens

The LVIS maintains the Village Greens at Town Pond, the nearby Flag Pole area, Hook Mill Memorial, and the North End Common. Annually over $60,000 of LVIS funds are spent on a comprehensive organic turf-management program. This includes mowing, irrigating, soil testing, organic treatments, seeding and soil aerating. In addition, weeds that are resistant to organic treatments are pulled by hand.