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Trees are growing into lights

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trees growing into streetlights

These trees are growing nicely due to good site design. Long linear strips allow roots to share soil space. However, since the security lights were installed way too high (blue arrows) the tree canopy is beginning to reach the lights. This conflict often leads to poor tree pruning choices resulting in unhealthy trees.

It is a shame that all other parts of this design were well executed except for the security lights. This is not uncommon in urban projects. ALL appropriate professionals including landscape architects, arborists, engineers, planners, inspectors, etc. must be involved in the planning process. Do not wait to call the arborist until the lights are interfering with tree canopy expansion. By that time, it might be too late to make good choices.