A much valued American elm in Loveland Co. has been lovingly cared for be the
local DAR ladies. The tree has some health problem and I think some of the
"improvement" around the tree has contributed to this. The tree was planted in
1932 on a school ground which is now a Walgreen parking lot on a busy
intercection. The area out from the base of the tree is covered in driveway
pavers out from the bas for 15 to20 feet.Also, at the outer edge of the pavers
are vertical timbers( treated lumber) that form a raised area that are topped by
the pavers. All I understand about tree care goes against what I have see done
to this tree. Out from the pavers is the paved parking lot of the Walgreens.
What advice can we give the DAR to help this spectacular tree?
Probably best bet is to get them to consult w/ the local extension agent
as one presumes they may not take kindly to being told they're wrong by
"just anybody". :)
Pictures would be good but from what you've described they're working
hard to kill it. It needs the open ground to the radius (or as close as
feasible) of the outermost branches for water collection and aeration
and the ground contour should never be raised above that originally
Tell them to contact local media, as well as prepare some material to
post on fecebook and youtube.
Retailers don't want negative exposure on social media, so do what you
can to tell them it's in their best interest to turn a bad-news story
into a green, environmentally friendly, happy-ending story.
That's true but pavers are permeable. And trees thrive in many cities
almost totally surrounded by concrete. I'm wondering how long the parking
lot has been there?
We bricked in our courtyard 3-4 years ago. The bricks surround a large oak
tree, their distance varying from it by 8-12'. The tree gets just as much
water as it did originally...when it rains, a bit may run off toward it but
at least 80% goes straight down. Same with air...permeable to water,
permeable to air.
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