What's Green with Betsy?!?

The large and majestic trees along our streets, on your property and in parks make up the urban forest. While we are aware of their beauty and benefits, we might not realize that many of our larger trees are suffering from environmental stress and neglect.

Unless we protect them, a majority of our heritage trees will disappear within twenty to thirty years. Air pollution, soil compaction and contamination, construction injury, exotic invasive insect pests and limited water, oxygen and nutrient availability has taken a toll. Mother Nature also causes stress with sudden ice storms, high winds, extreme low temperatures, a devastating spring snowstorm or summer drought. Many new large growing trees are planted in confined spaces with soil devoid of essential micronutrients.  And the life expectancy of newly planted street trees is only 25 years; it is unlikely they will ever reach the grandeur of the majestic trees today.


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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dot Moore on June 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Very interesting. I wish I could save the urban trees!

    Sent from my iPad



    • You can save your trees! Everything begins at home.

      How are you feeling? I hope this is all behind you,and you are cured. My thoughts are with you Dot!

      Take good care!!



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