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Average lifespan of a urban planted tree is 7 years

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mudly, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. iand

    iand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,187

    Don't forget "average life" includes trees hit by cars,pulled out and destroyed by people and other reasons for trees to be destroyed or die soon after planting.Near me the local government has planted a tree 3 or 4 times beside the road and I'm not sure but I think the home owner who's view will be blocked when it grows keeps pulling it out
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,504

    Had this conversation with the area rep from ISA , State Dot and Chief arborist at UAF jist two weeks ago.
    I doesn’t matter what you agree with or think, the munis/governments are constantly changing/developing etc.
    The urban tree lifespan is based off that, not improper planting techniques.
    That’s why they do things like plant them inside sidewalks and raised concrete planters and such, because they don’t assume they will be around very long.
    Costs too much to transplant and warranty vs just installing new trees (I was trying to pitch tree spacing services)

    more urban trees are killed by road projects and salt every year than any other reason according to the ISA and university statistics.
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,504

    exactly what I was referring to above
  4. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,252

    Got me a sycamore planted in 1946 in front of my house. Thing is huge and beautiful and provides great shade.
  5. OP

    Mudly LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    Some one forgot half the country doesn’t use road salt. Look at the bigger picture. However if you read the original post...
  6. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Fanatic
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    phasthound, RussellB and Mudly like this.
  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,428

    Thanks for the share!
    A lot of Urban Foresters have a challenge on their hands.
    I always roll my eyes at the street/sidewalk trees growing out of iron grates or brick pavers! :rolleyes:
    Mudly likes this.

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