A Short History of Ladd’s Addition Street Trees (9/16)
1907-10 Ladd Estate Co. paves streets, sidewalks, and alleys; plants 1,600 street trees
1977 City designates Ladd’s Addition as a Historic Conservation District
1988 Ladd’s placed on National Register of Historic Places; city adopts street tree guidelines
Inoculating American Elms against Dutch Elm Disease (DED)
1991-95 DED appears in Ladd’s; 270 American elm street trees remain; Save Our Elms organized
1995-2011 SOE holds 17 annual micro-inoculation programs
2012-16 SOE holds four macro-inoculation programs
2016 180 American elms remain, a survival rate of 67% over 20+ years
1985 Street tree coverage drops below 60% of Ladd’s properties
1986-87 Historic District Advisory Council and Ladd’s Tree Bank plant 250 street trees
1990 140 street trees planted, including DED-resistant elms
1997-2016 SOE plants 395 street trees in 20 annual plantings; average of 20 per year
1986-2016 Total of 785 street trees planted, following 1910 and 1988 planting plans
2012 City inventory shows 1,479 street trees (representing 42 genera), 92% coverage
2004-16 SOE negotiates special rates for winter pruning of large street trees
2013 SOE holds pruning program for young street trees
Since its inception, SOE has received private donations totaling over $200,000.
During that time, Ladd’s residents have invested tens of thousands of dollars for large street tree pruning.
All inoculating and planting since 1986 has been done at no cost to residents!