Sunday, December 20, 2015

When bigger is NOT better

Nurseries use various techniques to produce tall, thin "fishing pole" trees like this recently planted Jacaranda in Jersey St, Jolimont.  They can charge more for a taller tree plus they know Councils like them because it looks like they're putting in "good size" trees.

It's the wrong thing to do.

Why? Check out the second photo.

Jersey St, Jolimont - Year 1 (click to enlarge)

The picture below is a Jacaranda from the previous year's planting in the same street. All it's done is grow into an even longer and whippier fishing pole!  It would have been better to put in smaller, stouter trees that had been grown properly. Sure, they don't always have the day one 'wow' factor, but our job as Parks professionals is to sell the benefits of foregoing a bit of initial impact for long-term gain.

Jersey St, Jolimont - Year 2 (click to enlarge)

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