The QC passed by Flushing High a few days ago and noticed the street trees there were not looking well.
These Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) street trees have been in declining health for well over a decade. For the years that they've resided here they should be healthy and of incredible size but they are not.
Many factors may be behind their poor health but I suspect that the tree health problems started at the time of installation by Parks as either inferior tree stock from the tree nursery (trees that we refer to as culls b/c the Forester did not bother to inspect the trees for quality in advance of their arrival to the job site), or an improper placement into the planting hole by the landscape contractors.
Improper installation? How can that be?
There's far more of the tree installation process than one imagines. We take tree planting for granted and its goes far beyond just simply digging a hole and rolling in the tree. Yet throughout the 7 year PLaNYC Million Tree program, it was observed that Parks Forestry contractors repeatedly installed thousands of street trees improperly. That is b/c the daily inspections for compliance to the Parks Forestry tree planting specifications would have taken them away from other important tasks. Nothing is more important in the tree installation process than making sure the trees are installed properly. And we as recipients of a NYC tree planting program should demand more accountability on the return of the tree installation investment.
Just to let you know that the Kissena Park Civic general meeting is scheduled for April 6 7PM at Marys Nativity Parish Center, NWC of Parsons and Jasmine.
Guest speaker will be DEP Green Infrastructure people speaking on the bioswales issues.
- Carsten W. Glaeser