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New trees along James Street

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On August 8, Forestry was out replacing some dead tree stumps along James Street North. We were disappointed to see these new trees going back into poor quality holes with compacted soil and minimal soil volume.

The process started with the removal of the old stump:


This involved the use of this vacuum machine…


The resulting hole was only a few feet across and no more than two feet deep, sharing the space with the utilities beneath.




The hole was prepared by adding a few shovelfuls of new dirt, which was compacted.


The new tree species included a Honeylocust, Kentucky Coffeetree, and Gingko. Glad to see the Kentucky Coffeetree being planted more and more – it will be a resilient native choice into the future as it is well-adapted to warmer climates. The non-native Gingko, however, is overplanted and underused by our native wildlife. These are all highly tolerant street tree choices that fare well under the pressure of road traffic and winter salt.


And there it is! Another street tree with a life expectancy of about 15 years. Good luck, little Gingko.



Author: treespleasehamilton

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

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