Trees are Cleaning up Air & Water!
Trees not only provide scenic landscaping but help reduce pollution by absorbing the primary greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. They also help decrease storm water run-off. Tree shade is a major factor in mitigating the urban heat island effect and strategic tree planting can reduce air conditioning consumption by 20% to 30%.
“Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.”—The Arbor Day Foundation
AME Landscape Companies encourages tree planting and replacement when needed to not only keep properties looking their best but also as an easy, economical way to help our desert environment.
In cities across Arizona and America, efforts to preserve and enlarge the tree canopy in support of sustainability and beautification goals have grown in importance over the past several years. Cities throughout the valley have adopted one or more ordinances governing tree management, removal and replacement.
Each city has their own specific requirement so it is very important to understand the ordinances prior to removing existing trees from your property. City of Phoenix, for example, does not encourage tree removal but when trees must be removed they must be replaced with the city’s minimum requirement of 1 ½” to 2” caliper tree. If the tree removal is to occur within the city right-of-way, a registered landscape architect must submit a Landscape Inventory/Salvage plan, indicating diseased or non-salvageable trees, for review prior to the tree removal. Plans showing the tree replacements must also be submitted.
Many times commercial properties will lose trees over time to storm damage and other environmental factors. Typically, when a new tenant applies for their Certificate of Occupancy, an inspection occurs prior to issuance. The inspection includes the landscape and more often than not, trees quantities will be audited. The C of O will not be issued until the city tree requirements are met. Some cities, like Scottsdale and Chandler require trees to be replaced in “like size.” This means if you have large stumps on your property, the inspector will want you to replace the tree with a tree of that size. The best way to avoid these situations is to immediately replace trees as they are removed. This will save headaches down the road and most importantly, protect our urban forest and reduce the valley’s heat island.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb
Designers Mario Caceres and Cristian Canonico have designed a set of beautiful air-filtering trees. Called TREEPODS, the design harnesses biomimicry to efficiently emulate the carbon filtration qualities of trees.