"Just like New Yorkers themselves, the trees in New York City work harder than any others in the world." - Andy Warhol
New York City street trees have it rough. Unlike trees in the forest, urban trees must contend with an incredible host of threats. Pollution, traffic, winter salt spray, vandalism, perpetual drought-like conditions, confined growing space, bicycles and dog waste are just a few.
Street trees need to be cared for and protected in order to survive and thrive.
One of the best things you could do to support the ongoing health of your street trees is install a tree guard. Tree guards:
Keep pedestrians from walking on the soil which causes compaction and prevents the tree roots from receiving vital nutrients, oxygen and water.
Prevent car doors from hitting the trees and keep bicycles from being locked around their trunks. Which greatly reduces the chance that the tree will get wounded and become susceptible to infection.
Prevent dogs from using trees as toilets. Dog waste contains toxins that are seriously harmful to trees.
Look nice and indicate that someone is invested in the tree, which in turn, discourages others from vandalising the tree
Trees increase property values and business traffic. Trees cool the streets and buildings, reducing energy demand. Trees clean the air and the water. Trees absorb noise and break the wind. Trees are beautiful. The truth is, we simply could not exist without them.
Whether you are part of a block association or Business Improvement District or the owner, manager or renter of a business, co-op, condo, apartment building or townhouse, one of the wisest investments you could ever make is in your street trees.
Go to page 12 of NYC Parks tree planting standards for city mandated tree guard specifications.
The following links are to manufacturers that design, build, and may also install tree guards. Trees New York recommends that you get several estimates and references before selecting a contractor.
ADM Landscape Corp.
A&T Iron Works, Inc.
(212) 769-CURB (2872)
Da Costa Landscaping Contractors (Installation Only)
E&J Iron Works Inc.
Guardian Gates Company Inc
Kendi Iron Works
Mozart Iron Craft Corporation (Excl. Staten Island)
Universal Steel Fabricators Inc.