We all know the importance of trees in our cities, however urban trees are often neglected and do not receive the appropriate care they require in urban settings. Each of these photos tell a story of neglect, disregard, or simple lack of knowledge.

Learning from both our own and others’ mistakes is imperative if we are to pursue the goal of increasing urban tree canopy cover in our cities.

Against tree guard 2Inappropriate product selection can blight the results


Against tree guard This tree guard is killing the very thing it was supposed to protect


Proper tree guard use A healthy tree: With the right product selection urban trees can thrive


Proper tree guard use 2
A healthy tree: With the right product selection urban trees can thrive


Improper irrigation
Makeshift and untidy – a home for rats and mice


Proper irrigation
A healthy tree with appropriate irrigation measures


Uneven Sidewalk
Pavement heave due to improper root management


Proper root management
With proper root management, the area around trees will be free of pavement heave


Cut trees
Insufficient rooting volume caused these trees to be cut down



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Trees will flourish with sufficient uncompacted rooting volume


Chocked tree
Poor planting techniques harm trees


Cut tree 2
This tree died due to poor drainage and was removed


Trees decorated road in modern city

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