October is National NeighborWoods™ Month!

by mphippen 1. October 2012 09:55

Laser Technology Laser Measurement Products Take the Guesswork Out of Planting a Tree.

"National NeighborWoods™ Month celebrates the value of trees in communities and engages volunteers to take action to green their neighborhoods. Each October, National NeighborWoods™ Month unites local community groups nationwide to draw attention to the immense value of urban forests for building vibrant neighborhoods. When National NeighborWoods™ Month began in 2005; just 28 local ACTrees (Alliance for Community Trees) member organizations participated. Now organizations in hundreds of cities are joining together each October to promote our common message: trees are critical for successful communities."

Primarily focused on Urban settings there have been a number of "rule of thumbs" tossed out there as to spacing and 'best practices' to keep our urban forests healthy for each successive generation. Unfortunately most of these rules of thumbs were expressed in approximations and stepping off to gauge proper spacing. For example:

  • "Estimate the drip lines of the mature tree and plant the saplings in the center of each, with the drip lines forming the boundaries between plants."
  • "Look up the mature width for each tree (e.g., Red Maple has a mature width of 25 to 45 feet). Divide that in half (e.g., 12.5 to 22.5 feet) and you should consider not planting anything closer to it than that. Of course having a width range is tricky, do you go with the 25 feet or the 45 feet? I'd say split the different and would not plant another tree within about 17 feet."
  • "In most cases for street plantings and many landscape plantings, it is desirable to have overlapping tree canopies. Street tree plantings aim for having the canopies overlap by about 20%"
  • "If the trees are planted too close together, they will grow narrower. Some people want the trees to grow narrower if they don't have the space, or if they are going for the woodsy look. It's important to note that some trees don’t thrive grown this close together particularly if they need space to develop a good branch structure OR if they are not shade tolerant."

Taking hundreds of volunteers, most of which I assume are novices at best, becomes a real challenge to keep planting areas consistent. Proper research should be done to consider soil conditions as well as prevailing sun conditions to determine the best type of tree(s) to be planted! Deciduous, evergreen, shade, flowering, or fruit and nut trees will have different spacing requirements.

Let's take the guesswork out of this year’s planting. Not only will the TruPulse 360provide precision measurements for spacing, canopy volumes, and clearance, but with GIS mapping software and/or ArcPad every tree and surrounding geo characteristic can be mapped making the process easier as well as accurate; maximizing the potential of every tree planted.

Call 1.877.OWN.A.LTI or get online to find a dealer near you.

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