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Street Tree Struggles

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While conducting inventory in the Sherman Hub, we came across this row of lilacs having a hard time on Chapple Street.  Not only were there three empty tree spots from previous losses, the remaining three trees show significant damage.

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One tree has completely lost its trunk….

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Another is growing by half a branch…

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And they all have tell-tale weed wacker damage around the bases, which we are seeing quite frequently in the street and park trees we inventory.

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Our street trees are an investment in our city and in our health.  It is important that they are maintained and cared-for, and replaced when necessary.  The impermeable surfaces in which these trees are planted along city streets do not promote a long and healthy life for these trees, as there is limited soil and space to grow.  If we plan for the long run and take care of our trees properly, we can aim to exceed the abysmal typical street tree lifespan of less than 15 years.

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Author: treespleasehamilton

A project of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club and Environment Hamilton. Funding by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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