Some downtown blocks I am familiar with from regular use, at one time had somewhat healthy — well, at least ALIVE – trees. But these live trees are getting scarcer and scarcer.
Many are anaemic, tattered, three quarters dead sticks.
Building owners and managers now seem to treat trees and annuals. Stick ’em in, watch ’em die. Rinse and repeat.
Maybe the original tree pits are too small. Maybe the irrigation systems are broken. Maybe sticking trees into the same little cube of soil that has been there for 15-20 years isn’t nutritious.
So why do building owners continue to stick the trees into certain death?
Is it because their site plan requires them to plant trees, and replant trees, and as long as one goes through the motions the city is OK? Don’t results matter?
I notice there are some new, larger raised curb beds on Metcalfe and the new Queen street rebuild. Maybe they will work better.
Or maybe we should give up on the sticking trees into inhospitable grounds, and bring out potted trees for three seasons, say April to Jan 5th. Then fork lift the pots off to some quieter spot, even if just the back of a parking lot, to rest out the winter.
Because the current process is just murder.