Planting Urban Trees: Maintenance Requirements

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

 Too often trees are forgotten and not maintained after being planted. A tree requires proper care, especially in the early stages of its development, to prevent health problems. Consider the following checklist when planting a tree:

  • Are there adequate resources to maintain the tree?
  • Is there someone or an organization responsible for maintenance?
  • Are there resources, such as labor and equipment, to provide for watering, mulching, pruning, fertilization, protection, and other maintenance needs? Are there strategies to protect the tree from injuries?
  • What are the qualifications of the personnel maintaining the trees? Do they have the necessary training and skills?
Photo credit: Dr. Bert Cregg, Michigan State University.

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By:  Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forester, USFS Southern Region

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