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Tree Protection Gone Wrong

I work for a design / build landscape construction company. Part of my job is to pull permits for the installations of the hardscapes (patios, driveways, walks, pergolas, lighting, etc) along with tree permits. For me, the tree permits are the ones I’m most involved with. Sometimes, I am the arborist that visits the property before construction to determine the condition, size* and type of trees on the lot. I look at what the architect has designed for the property and determine how it will effect the trees around the site. I then produce what is called a tree survey. These surveys determine which trees stay and which trees go. My tree survey then goes to the city to determine how many inches of trees will have to be removed from the property. *Size is determined by measuring the width of the trunk at breast height or ‘Diameter at Breast Height’ (DBH), which has been determined to be 4′ 5″ (1.38m).

The city forester will look at the survey and calculate how many trees were in decent condition, of good quality or of decent size were removed. This number will translate into an inch amount the client will need to replace on their property or pay the tree inch fees. Many times, the return amount could be in upwards of 100″. Not only do the clients need to return 100″ to the property, every municipality has a different list to follow for the trees that actually count towards tree return inches. Many of these trees are native; oaks, hackberry, sycamore, tupelo, tulip trees and spruce are commonly on the approved list. However, many of my clients request chanticleer pear lined driveways and screening arborvitae are not on the list.

The trees on the survey that are marked to stay must be maintained to be able to survive construction. ‘Tree Fencing’ must be installed around the trees that are to remain. Placement of this fencing is usually 1′ foot away from the tree for each inch of DBH. As you can see in the photos below, this fencing is clearly not as far away from the trunk as it should be..  my guess these trees are about 18″ DBH requiring 18′ around the them. Let’s ice this cake with a bunch of construction waste leaning up against the trunk. The last photo shows a large amount of soil piled up on a nearby tree.

Usually, the city forester has to visit the site and approve the location of the tree fencing. I can’t imagine this was the original location (I did not do this survey). As you can see, there are many ruts from construction equipment all around the fencing. This traffic compacts the soil and suffocates the roots of the trees. It’s a slow death for the tree. A few years after the home is built, these trees will start declining and most likely will need to be removed. As these are very close to the foundation of the new home, along with being fairly large, it will be a costly removal.

Hopefully, this information will be helpful to anyone having any construction done and want to keep their trees!

 

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 8-14-2017

Happy Monday =-)

I had a wonderful weekend, was able to make bail and get to work this morning!

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Helianthus pauciflorus ~Stiff Sunflower (Pretty sure)

     

Hibiscus moscheutos ~ Native hibiscus    ||    Eupatorium perfoliatum ~ Common Boneset

     

Hibiscus trionum ~ flower-of-an-hour, bladder hibiscus, bladder ketmia, bladder weed, flower-of-the-hour, modesty, puarangi, shoofly, and venice mallow     ||      Vernonia fasciculata ~ Prairie Ironweed

      

My summer pot looks fantastic!!    ||    Eryngium yuccifolium ~ rattlesnake-master

Carpenter bee on Ratibida pinnata ~ gray-headed coneflower

      

Milkweed bugs on milkweed    ||    Euphorbia corollata  ~ Flowering Spurge

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Summer Blooming Flowers 8-11-2017

Woo hoo! It’s Friday!! And I’m gonna ice that cake with our annual birthday pig roast this Saturday!! Here is a past post. And another. I’m here for the bacon bread and the crunchy, salty, garlic skin. MMMMMM! Oddly enough, I eat little of the pig, else-wise. I like all the things the other folks bring, also.

My neighbor told me last week that the pig the neighbor cooked up (without my hubby around) was overdone and didn’t compare to my hubby’s. SNAP!!! What a compliment, the padewan has surpassed the master. 😉

I hope your weekend is as good as mine will be!! Namaste 🙂

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Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ & ‘Floristan Violet’ & Phlox paniculata ‘David’ & (A very short) Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’

      

Pastinaca sativa ~ Wild Parsnip    ||     More Monarda

      

Solanum ptychanthum ~Black Nightshade    ||   Verbascum thapsus ~ Mullien and some Queen Anne’s Lace

       

Might as well have called this Blooming Monarda post!    ||    Free bird seed!!

      

Phlox paniculata ‘David    ||    An educated guess is: Agrimonia striata ~ Roadside Agrimony… Anyone???

Oenothera biennis  ~  Common Evening Primrose

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Summer Blooming Flowers 8-9-2017

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Hydrangea paniculata’s on a stick

      

Errr, it’s in the mint family!    ||   Lobelia cardinalis ~ Cardinal Flower

Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blues ~ Speedwell

      

Persicaria lapathifolia ~ Knotweed    ||   Salvia reflexa ~ Sage

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’

Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’

      

Not sure, weedy      ||       Perovskia atriplicifolia ~ Russian sage

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-31-2017

Happy Moanday! My hubby has been smoke free for two weeks now!! Yeah!! It as been pretty difficult. I’ve stopped eating processed foods and carbs. We’ve been doing pretty good, aside from the bickering

        

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Hemerocallis fulva ~ Orange Day-lily, Tawny Daylily, Tiger Daylily, Fulvous Daylily, Ditch Lily, Railroad Daylily, Roadside Daylily, Outhouse Lily   These two types grow at my house.

Monarda ~ Purple Lace

     

Pelargonium citrosum ~ citronella plant, mosquito plant geranium, citrosa geranium    ||    Stumper.

       

Tilia americana ~ Linden    ||    Unknown Grass

      

Saponaria officinalis ~ Soapwort     ||     Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’ ~ Cardinal Flower

Red Monarda ~ Beebalm

Delphinium ~ Larkspur

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-27-2017

Happy Thursday!!!   Check out the past –   2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

      

Prunella vulgaris  ~ Self-heal       ||       Allium stellatum ~ Prairie Onion

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’

Heuchera ~ Coral Bells

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ ~ Beebalm

Veronica spicata ‘Purplicious’ ~ Speedwell

     

Hypericum perforatum ~ St. Johnswort     ||    Yucca filamentosa ~ Adam’s Needle

Heucherella ~ Stoplight

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-25-2017

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

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Galium boreale ~ Northern Bedstraw

      

Allium sphaerocephalon ~ Drumsick alloim      ||    Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ ~ Betony

       

Linaria vulgaris~ Butter & Eggs Toadflax        ||       Hosta

      

Amsonia ~ Blue star      ||   Unknown grass

       

Pyrola asarifolia ~ Pink Pyrola (pretty sure!)       ||      Ailanthus altissima ~ Tree of Heaven (Very invasive here)

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-19-2017

Hope everyone has a wonderful day =-)

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What a beautiful combo of daisies and tickseed!!

Campanula carpatica ~ Blue clips bell flower

Centaurea cyanus ~ Cornflower

     

Digitalis grandiflora ~ Big flowered foxglove    ||    Philadelphus coronarius ~ mock orange

     

Dahlia      ||       Lillium ~ Lily

     

Don’t know     ||     Stachys byzantina ~ Lamb’s ears

Hosta ‘Big Daddy   (best guess)

Aruncus dioicus ~ Goat’s beard

Dianthus

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Summer Blooming Flowers 7-18-2017

Yesterday is the past,

Tomorrow is not promised

Today is a gift, that’s why its called the present!!

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Rudbeckia ~ Black Eyed Susan, perhaps?     ||     Rosa ~ Wild Rose

     

Aquilegia canadensis ~ Columbine      ||      Dahlia ‘Happy Single Party’

Clueless

     

Convolvulus arvensis ~ field bindweed    ||     Solanum dulcamara ~ Hairy nightshade

     

Lysimachia punctata ~ Loosestrife    ||    Sedum

     

Not sure – Looks to be in Ribes family, tho     ||     Geranium of some sort

 

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 7-17-2017

Happy Moanday. Let’s leave it at that….

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Hieracium umbellatum ~ Narrowleaf hawkweed    ||   Heracleum lanatum ~ Common cow parsnip

Anemone canadensis ~ Windflower

     

Erigeron ~ Fleabane in pink!!      ||      Rubus parviflorus ~ Thimbleberry

Oh! Yum! These are easy to ID with their large, fuzzy maple shaped leaves. There were so many here… enough for 10 pies!

     

Hieracium aurantiacum ~ Orange hawkweed (so sad… It’s invasive)    ||    Huh… Too blurry =-P

Rodgersia aesculifolia ~ Rodger’s Flower

Aegopodium podagraria ~ ground elder, herb gerard, bishop’s weed, goutweed

Unknown thistles

Cotinus coggygira ~ Smokebush  (A fav of my Mom)

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl