Thursday, May 5, 2016

Colder climate, the trees take longer

This is Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about an hour north of Boston.

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It's not that far, but far enough for it to be colder and the trees to be lagging behind in putting out their new leaves.

The striking thing though is just how many trees there are. It must be staggeringly beautiful in summer when they're all in leaf.

I always find it ironic that cold places often have more trees than hotter ones. The reason of course is that it's easy to grow trees in cold climates with lots of rainfall and heavy soils. Hot, dry climates with sandy soils (Perth / Los Angeles*) are a tough gig.

But it's all the more imperative. We've got even more to gain from having a good urban forest so we just have to choose the right trees and give them the inputs they require during those first five years to get established. 

Up until now we haven't been prepared to invest the resources required to achieve this.

Those days are over.

* Flying into LA, the lack of tree cover was depressing. Plenty of palms, but they're about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. The good news however is that Treepeople are on to it and the revolution there has started!

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