BROOMALL–At a Marple Township Board of Commissioners work session meeting on March 5, a Broomall resident was recognized for his efforts and commitment to preserving a large Weeping Canadian Hemlock tree on his property.
Michael Gentile was awarded for his tree stewardship on Monday night. Gentile shared his contribution to preserving the tree.
"In 2009-2010, we had a big snowstorm that put a lot of weight on it. It kind of broke the branches. We had to get bolts and rubber slings to hold the branches to keep it in that shape. And the people who did the job said it would live and it's been pretty good since," explained Gentile.
The former property owner had planted the tree in the 1950s and was once offered $15,000 for the tree about 18-20 years ago but refused to sell it, according to Tree Commission President Rick Ray.
The Tree Stewardship Awards are given to Marple residents who have done an exemplary job of caring for trees on their properties, according to the Tree Commission website.
According to the Tree Commission, factors that are considered when assessing a young tree or newly planted replacement tree for a Stewardship Award include site selection, appropriateness for the Delaware Valley, and proper planting, mulching, and pruning.
Criteria used to evaluate established trees include correct pruning, maintenance of the root system within the lawn, and remarkable features of the tree itself.
If you would like to nominate a local homeowner for a Tree Stewardship Award, please print out and mail a completed form for this purpose to Rick Ray, Marple Tree Commission, 227 South Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008.