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Dying trees to be replaced on Market Street

New trees on Market Street are dying. New trees on Market Street are dying.

Drivers might remember the headaches they had when crews closed part of Market Street in April to remove diseased trees and replace them with new ones. The process will have to happen again, because some of the new trees are dying.

Several local landscapers complain that the trees were not properly cared for.

"They dried up and they look dead" said landscaper Andy Greer.

Greer said he was in the area when crews first planted the new trees and said crews forget a very important detail.

"They forgot their water bowl, their water," Greer said.

According to NCDOT officials, crews did water the trees. They blame the hot weather for two of the ten trees dying.

The Historic Wilmington Foundation helped pay for the Market Street tree canopy replenishment and Executive Director George Edwards said he is a bit discouraged about what has happened.

"We are concerned about the health of these trees," Edwards explained. "It would be very frustrating to replant the trees and start the process all over again."

The Historic Wilmington foundation purchased the trees' water bags. They also raised $7,900 for the project which will be used for a second round of water bags and more trees.

The NCDOT contributed $50,000 for planting, trimming and fertilization by injection. The dying trees will be covered by a warranty.

The trees were transported from Florida and are high rise live oaks. These trees are expected to grow and create a canopy over Market Street.

DOT officials said they will have to close some lanes to replace the dying trees on Market Street between 17th and 21st Streets. Stay with WECT for the latest on these lane closures. 

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