From far left, the crew meets at Clinton Park in Fair Haven on April 5 at 9 a.m. to go over the plan to plant four lilac trees that morning. Tim and Leon use a hand truck to push one of the trees, whose root ball is easily over 300 pounds. After digging a two-foot-deep hole in a space between the curb and sidewalk, the crew positions and stabilizes the tree. Then the wire basket and burlap supporting the roots are cut away. Under favorable conditions the 12-foot-high trees will grow a foot every year.