Landscaping in progress to replace trees cut down at Lakewood Village
Landscaping has begun on the east side of Lakewood Village, where buffer trees were felled in 2018, but neighbors say the mall’s main owner is not following the approved landscaping plan.
Madison Partners planted Vitex trees along Hillside Drive to Winton Street, where cedar elms were felled without permission. The removal of the old trees annoyed nearby neighbors who said the foliage blocked the view of the mall and created a noise buffer.
Boxwood and hawthorn were planted in flower beds next to the center’s privacy screen. The hawthorns died in the February frost, and the box trees are not native to Texas. Neither are the Vitex trees.
“They do a good job, but they loaded it with the wrong species,” said neighbor Michael Seay. “It’s supposed to be a plan for Texas natives. The idea was to provide variety so that different things happen – spring bloom or color changes in autumn. “
The box trees will be removed, as will some of the vitex trees that were planted too close to the sidewalk. The intersection of Hillside and Winton will be a focal point with canopy and ornamental shrubs.
The plants are watered with a hose until a sprinkler system can be installed in the fall.
“IIt’s still a work in progress, ”said Seay. “Madison Partners met with me and we’re going to revise it to better follow the plan. There will be more plantings and revisions to what’s already here. “
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