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Non-sustainable buffer strips under wires

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small buffer strips under wires

Buffer strips at the edge of parking lots are often located under utility wires. THIS DOES NOT WORK! Trees planted in this situation must be pruned to keep them small so they will not interfer with the wires. This makes for unnecessary work and prevents the urban forest from developing.

Move this large soil space from under the wires to a different location such as the side of the property as in the next photo. I have actually heard uninformed professionals say this is a maintenance issue. It is difficult to know quite where to start with people like this because it is anything but a maintenance issue.