POULSBO — More than six months after he cut down several curbside trees in front of his auto dealership on Viking Avenue, Darrin Hudson has filed with the city a landscape plan he says will “look nicer and more eye appealing.”
Hudson is working with Robin Richie of Madrona Point Landscaping to fix a broken sprinkler system and plant what he calls a low-maintenance but good-looking landscape: grass, colorful flowers in pots, and trees irrigated from a well on the Hudson Auto Center property.
Hudson said the sprinkler system repair was set to begin this week.
“There’s a few people that were upset by [cutting the trees] but I think they’ll be happy with the outcome when the landscape comes back in,” Hudson said.
The eight trees Hudson removed in June were estimated by Poulsbo Planning Director Barry Berezowski to be approximately 12 years old.
“A lot of them were just dangerous,” Hudson said in a phone interview on Jan. 15. Hudson said a lot of the trees were brittle and during wind storms branches would fall onto the street and sidewalks, making them not worth the hassle to trim back.
“The trees haven’t been maintained in years,” he said.
Mayor Becky Erickson said in a phone interview on Jan. 12, “He should not have cut those trees. He is well aware of that, but he is trying to make it right.” She added, “It broke my heart to see [the trees] cut.”
Erickson said the landscape plan is on file and “the landscape should be completed with proper irrigation this coming spring.”