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More hardware overload

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Thousands of dollars were spent on site design and construction, the tree grate, and the vertical iron gizmo for this one tree. The tree chosen was of exceptionally good quality with a dominant central trunk. But the good-quality nursery stock will not make up for the poor planning and site design.

This tree has little if any chance of success unless the site was designed to accommodate root growth under the pavement. If the site was approporiately designed, be sure you know who will maintain the hardware around the tree. Hardware needs to be adjusted and removed regularly in order to accommodate growth. We often forget that plants are the ONLY element that increases in size in the landscape with time.