Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tree Problems: Introduction

This is the first of a series of posts on problem trees in my neighborhood. Collectively these serve as my final project for the PCC Spring Tree Care course I am taking at Rock Creek in the Landscape Technology program.

Five of the trees are on my property and five are on my street.
  1. An old cherry tree (Prunus sp.) that is showing signs of root rot and decay.
  2. A pair of Sycamore Maples (Acer pseudoplatanus) that are growing close together.
  3. An Ash (Fraxinus sp.) that is growing right in the corner next to both fences.
  4. A European White Birch (Betula pendula) growing around the fence.
  5. A tall Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) towering over the West side of the house.
  6. An enormous Norway Maple (Acer platendoides) across the street.
  7. A chestnut (Castanea sp.) that has been butchered under the power lines.
  8. An American Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) with co-dominance issues.
  9. A rotten Maple (Acer sp.) with decay so you can reach through the tree
  10. A huge Oak (Quercus rubra(?)) with some very large limbs hanging over the street
The approach in this report is to do one blog post per tree covering tree hazard evaluation based on the Tree Hazard Evaluation Form from the ISA. I will also provide other recommendations.

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