February 20, 2018
How to choose the best trees to plant in your community’s right-of-ways
After a community plants the wrong type of tree near a street or sidewalk, a number of issues may arise as the tree grows. An example of such problems are roots from a large tree can crack a driveway or interfere with sewer and water lines, while branches of a large tree can be a hazard to nearby homes in a storm.
With this in mind, it’s important to choose the right trees to plant near right-of-ways, based on their root structure, canopy and what they’ll look like when they mature.
Rizzetta & Company landscaping experts are dealing with this problem in a number of communities around Florida where 10- to 15-year-old trees are starting to cause issues. This often involves removing large trees, such as sycamores and live oaks, while planting other trees that make more sense near right-of-ways, like Nelly Stevens holly trees and crape myrtles.
Over 250 trees with noticeable issues have been removed over the past year within Rizzetta-managed communities.
Tyree Brown, a Certified Arborist and Field Services Supervisor for Rizzetta, offers three tips for avoiding these problems:
- Work with landscapers and arborists to select trees with noninvasive root systems.
- Plant trees near right-of-ways that won’t grow more than 30 feet tall.
- Review the list of suggested tree species from your county and keep it in mind as you make your plans.
Removing mature trees can cost a community thousands of dollars, so HOA and CDD boards are smart to get professional help and think ahead when they decide which trees to plant near streets, driveways, sidewalks and homes.