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Tree Tips from the City of Cape May Shade Tree Commission

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By Carole Sick
Save our trees!
So many trees in Cape May set our town apart from other resort towns. They are the crowning glory to our beautiful space in addition to providing many ecological needs.
Please help to keep our trees alive. Check your property. If you see a tree with ivy or vines growing up the trunk, cut the ivy/vines off of the trunk; only a couple feet up the trunk from the ground will do the trick. It will cut the food supply to the ivy/vines and they will not be able to grow. The ivy/vines strangle the tree, accelerate rot, attract mosquitoes and cause mature trees to be more vulnerable during storms. Once ivy is in the tree canopy it can block sunlight from the leaves and the tree may not be sustainable. You will have to check the tree annually and remove any ivy/vines that grow back.
If every property owner does his or her part, we will keep our city full of trees. It only takes minutes to save a tree; it takes many years to grow another one. Your trees add beauty to the setting of your house, and consequently, to the value of your property.
Let’s take care of the trees in our wonderful town.
Thank you in advance,
The Shade Tree Commission
“Trees are very nice. They fill up the sky. They make everything beautiful.” – From “A Tree Is Nice” by Janice May Udry

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