Sunday, June 29, 2014
Queens loses a lot of new street trees every year
Courtesy of WNYC.
Bear in mind that the landscape contractors that are hired and paid the $1450 per tree by the City to install street trees - are required to water and care for those trees under a 24-mos. warranty.
Tree watering is the most important event in the life of the newly installed tree especially during the period of establishment. Yet, since 2007 NYC Parks Forestry has been unwilling to effectively enforce the watering requirement and/or generate an alternate incentive that would motivate the paid landscaper to go out and irrigate those street trees on a weekly basis (for the duration of the growing seasons).
Instead, guilt is placed unfairly upon the public who already paid for the tree, its installation, its multi-year care - and a contractor is left off the hook.