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Buffer strip too narrow to sustain trees

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narrow buffer strip

Installation of buffer strips around the edge of parking lots are typically mandated by municipal ordinances and codes for construction. Narrow buffer strips such as the one pictured above are fine for shrubs but they are too small to accommodate extensive root growth needed to support trees.

The large maturing honeylocust trees installed in the design above are likely to struggle in this small space. If they do somehow find suitable soil under the walk and pavement for root growth, the hardscape is likely to become dislodged and damaged. Click here to see what can happen to curbs and walks when trees are placed in small spaces.