Preventing the Disfigurement of Trees

Photo courtesy Trees and Landscape, City of Surrey

By Steve Whitton

Throughout many Canadian cities there are trees worthy of any arboretum in the world. Unfortunately, these specimens are not the majority—too many trees are never given a chance to mature to their natural shape and size, or able to grow as the designer or landscaper intended.

When planting trees or creating landscapes with trees as part of the design, one can visualize what they will look like in the future when grown to their full potential; they can be seen as assets and ways to benefit and beautify the cities they occupy. However, there are people who view trees as a nuisance or visual barrier. This often leads to trees not reaching their full potential as they are removed or so poorly pruned.

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