Under the direction of the Tree Warden, the Highway Division contracts with a Tree Service Company to care for, remove, and plant public shade trees. The Highway Division is also responsible for traffic islands and various grounds including most of the land around Clay Pit Pond.
If you have questions or concerns to report, contact the Highway Division Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at 617-993-2690. For emergency service during evenings, weekends, and holidays, call the Communications Center number at 617-484-1215.
INFESTATION OF WINTER MOTH EXPECTED
This winter, large numbers of adult Winter Moth were sited in Belmont and surrounding towns. As a result, it is anticipated that there will be substantial damage to trees and plants as eggs hatch, and the caterpillars emerge this spring. Winter Moth is native to Europe and has been in Eastern Massachusetts for the last five years. It is thought that it arrived on some plant material imported from Nova Scotia where it has been a problem since the 1950’s. There has been little evidence of the pest in Belmont until this year. The eggs hatch in early spring and the tiny caterpillars enter the buds on trees as they begin to swell. Once there, they continue to feed on the developing leaf or flower unnoticed until the foliage emerges and the damage is evident. Because of this feeding pattern, the insect is difficult to control. The Town of Belmont has a long-standing policy of not spraying public shade trees. The Belmont Tree Warden will monitor the situation to determine what action should be recommended for public shade trees. Residents concerned about trees on private property are advised to contact a tree care professional to explore the various options for treatment. Detailed information is provided by the University of Massachusetts at www.umassgreeninfo.org. Reprints of the articles at this site related to the Winter Moth can be obtained at the Department of Public Works office in the Homer Municipal Building at 19 Moore Street or by calling 617-993-2680.