Several companies and many individuals volunteered to restore the site which had been covered by several feet of salt water during the storm. The dead trees were removed and the salt in the soil was neutralized by the addition of gypsum. June 10 was planting day for a dozen replacement London Plane trees. Almstead CEO Ken Almstead and arborist Chris Busak joined EverGreen board members, staff and other volunteers on the work ferry to Liberty Island to plant the trees. They advised the group on proper planting methods, and pitched in to help alongside the other volunteers. The finishing touch was mulching the entire area with the 70 bags of mulch donated by Almstead.
“Our company was proud to be part of this project. Liberty Island is an iconic site for New Yorkers, and for all Americans,” said Ken Almstead. “The 9/11 Memorial there, originally planted by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, couldn’t be allowed to succumb to the storm surge. Project EverGreen did a great job organizing the volunteers for this restoration. We’re glad that we were able to help.”
About Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co.
Family owned and operated, Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. celebrates its 50th year in 2014; the company has been serving homeowners, businesses and communities in the tri-state area since 1964. Services include: tree pruning and removal, tree risk assessment, plant health care, lawn care using organic or traditional programs, tick and mosquito control, custom blend fertilization, horticultural consulting and disease and pest management. Headquartered in New Rochelle, N.Y., Almstead has locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Almstead can be reached at 914-576-0193 or online at http://www.almstead.com
About Project Evergreen
Project EverGreen is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces in the communities where we live, work and play. Volunteers and donations are welcome to aid programs such as Project Liberty, GreenCare for Troops and park revitalizations. http://www.projectevergreen.org