The world is increasingly urban. The UN’s World Cities Day promotes discussion and action around sustainable city life.
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Planting Cherry Blossoms as city trees in your community add life and love to your streets, but how do you properly care for them?
When choosing how to protect trees on sidewalks, boulevards, and plazas you have a choice: tree pits vs tree grates. Which should you choose? Which is easier to maintain?
Urban tree canopy is of increasing importance in cities all over the world. As climate events become more common, trees help moderate their effect. They clean and cool air, manage water, prevent erosion, and manage the urban heat sink.
Yes, trees drop leaves and fruit, produce pollen, and have roots that can become invasive or heave sidewalks. Yet trees make such a big difference to quality of life and urban management that these are small problems to overcome.
Sustainability seeks to bring resource consumption and resource replenishment into balance, like a budget that keeps balance sheets in the black. We look at strategies that cities are using to help create a more sustainable, livable future.
There’s no need for grates be tree murderers. Use simple tools and methods to expand cast iron tree grates by cutting out the center rings.
Street trees increase greenspace, provide clean air and shade, and maintain ecological balance. Street trees meant for sidewalks and tree grates should meet the city’s design goals and not interfere with infrastructure and utilities. Check out the top 10 deep-rooted trees for urban landscaping.
As rates of flooding increase, cities must adapt their water management. Some of the best ideas come from nature. Urban forests, raingardens, and bioswales are designed to filter water and return it to the water table.
Active design guidelines are strategies that designers and city planners can use to enhance public health. Even small changes can make neighborhoods more walkable. Explore what communities can do to enhance walkability!
Walk Score and Walk Appeal are used to measure walkability, and help to create communities with a higher standard of healthy living.