By Canopy Team on September 19, 2016
Every summer, Canopy welcomes a talented intern to lead our annual Young Tree Care Survey, an effort to survey hundreds of young trees planted throughout Palo Alto. This year, intern Michael DeBroeck, an Environmental Science student at the University of Santa Clara, did a stellar job preparing the tree survey mobile app, organizing volunteers, compiling results, and completing the final report.
In all, volunteers surveyed a total of 948 trees, more trees than in any of the last 10 years of surveys. Over 70% of the trees were found to be in good to excellent health, while 15% of trees were in fair health and 6% were in poor health.
The results of the survey (table below) were compiled and analyzed, revealing a few interesting findings:
Caring for urban trees during their first (most vulnerable) years ensures that young trees survive and thrive, growing into healthy mature trees that will stand tall for decades. The results of the young tree care survey will guide future tree care efforts at Canopy and the City of Palo Alto, helping grow a vibrant urban forest for future generations.
Young Tree Care Survey Results for 2015 and 2016:
Notes for Homeowners
|Needs Water||51%||29% (247)|
|Needs Mulch||38%||31% (268)|
|Needs Weeding||25%||23% (201)|
Notes for City
|Needs basin re-building||21%||21% (179)|
|Suckers need to be pruned||10%||9% (76)|
|Needs to be re-staked/re-strapped||11%||7% (59)|
|Stakes need to be removed||11%||11% (93)|
|Root flare buried||16%||19% (165)|