Thanks, Karena and J.HA. I share your concerns about the possible
disturbance of plantings under trees - some visible (like ground
covers), and some not visible. Brian said they will definitely be
mindful of other plants in the tree pits, and won't mulch tree pits
whose surfaces are level with the sidewalk/curb UCD (or where there
are heaving roots). Before the project begins UCD will circulate
information about the project via doorknob hangers, and residents can
contact Brian with any questions/concerns. UCD isn't looking to do
anything invasive, just protective (for the curbside trees only). I
believe UC Tree Tenders will continue to observe and prune sidewalk
trees as they've done in the past -- any tree tenders out there who
can comment on this?
Re. the street cleaning vacuum thingy, I'm sure this is managed by
some other department at UCD. You could go to their website and check.
On Jan 26, 2017, at 9:49 AM, Karena Valentine wrote:
Just curious (disclaimer: I don't live in the area that will be
impacted by tree mulching): will UCD honor residents who do not want
their tree pits mulched? Are they also going to maintain sidewalk
trees in other ways (i.e. timing branches, cleaning up fruit
dropped, and tending to any instances of disease)? My understanding
is residents are responsible for the property (including trees) up
to the curb in front of their house. If UCD is taking it upon
themselves to start tending people's property, to what extent are
those responsibilities shared with the homeowner? I know some people
have plants in the area around tree pits, or add annuals, which UCD
certainly wouldn't be aware of this time of year, and mulching may
impact plant growth. Is UCD asking every household whether or not
they want their trees mulched?
While I respect UCD's efforts to be good stewards of our
neighborhood, this seems it could be particularly controversial,
especially if homeowners aren't even consulted on the matter. It's
good to at least one they're using appropriate (arborist) mulching
material. I know I would be a little upset if someone came and
mulched our tree pit without my knowledge or consent.
Just my two cents.
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