The Human Impacts Institute recently summed up July’s Tree Care Tuesday at Driggs Avenue and Monitor Street. Every Tuesday the Human Impacts Institute holds a two hour tree care event. At tree care the HII crew and volunteers help the city trees thrive; we clean out trash that surrounds the tree, aerate the tree bed, and put new mulch down. This month, with the assistance of many great volunteers, we helped 67 trees flourish in our urban environment.
Why are trees imperative to have in urban environments?
Trees reduce air pollution.
Trees conserve water.
Trees save energy!
Trees reduce noise pollution.
Trees are aesthetically pleasing.
And on those inescapably hot summer days, the best place to cool down outside is under a luscious tree.
There are certain trees that prosper in urban environments. New York City’s most common street trees are the London planetree and the Norway Maple. The London planetree is easy to spot with its shedding darker bark to reveal a lighter colored bark underneath. These plants do well in shady areas, making it perfect for New York City streets that are towered with skyscrapers. The London planetree can spread up to 80 feet, providing an ample amount of shade. The Norway Maple is a slightly smaller tree than the London planetree, with heights up to 50 feet. These are superb street trees that can adapt to a range of sands and soils.
For the month of August, Tree Care Tuesday will be held at Meserole Ave and Lorimer Street. Come join our crew and volunteer to illuminate your neighborhood!