Many of my friends assume that I am out of the job now that the snow has fallen, and the days are short and cold. Although we don’t get outside as much anymore, there is still a lot of work for team tree over the winter months. Recently, we drove out to St. Paul to take data on the High Bridge dog park. There is an earlier article that talks about the dog park in more detail, but it is basically a remidation site where we planted groups of 1 1/2″ caliper trees on the site of a former rail yard for a coal plant. The site is a difficult place for trees, with poor soil conditions, and of course, lots of dogs, who may or may not be nice to the trees we planted. We have been taking data for awhile on how well they are growing to see what varieties do well in the adverse conditions.
During our check up on the trees, we were going to collect data on caliper and take photos of the trees. Sadly, many of the trees have lost all their cambium at some points, which will most likely kill the trees. Chad said that when he originally checked the site out, the trees in the surrounding area showed signs of damage from critters, and there was probably a lot of them living in the area.
The remaining trees that survive the winter will make it to the 2″ caliper mark, where the bark usually will become hard and inedible. Also, there was generally less damage on Catalpa, Birch, and Alder than other varieties.
Team Tree met up with some Saint Paul Forestry after our initial visit and wrapped the stems, so some of the trees will make it to spring!