Life is not easy for a New York City street tree. Unlike trees in the forest, urban trees must contend with an incredible host of threats – pollution, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, winter salt spray, vandalism, perpetual drought-like conditions, confined growing space and dog waste are just a few.
Street trees need to be cared for and protected in order to survive and thrive. One of the best things you could do to support the ongoing health of your street trees is to install a tree guard.
Tree guards –
Prevent pedestrians from walking on the soil which causes compaction and prevents the tree roots from receiving vital nutrients, oxygen and water.
Prevent car doors from hitting the trees and keep bicycles from being locked around their trunks. Which greatly reduces the chance that the tree will get wounded and become susceptible to infection.
Prevent dogs from using trees as toilets. Dog waste contains toxins that are seriously harmful to trees.
Look nice and indicate that someone is invested in the tree, which in turn, discourages others from vandalizing the tree
Go to page 12 of NYC Parks tree planting standards for city mandated tree guard specifications.
The following links are to manufacturers that design, build, and may also install tree guards. Trees New York recommends that you get several estimates and references before selecting a contractor.
ADM Landscape Corp.
A&T Iron Works, Inc.
(212) 769-CURB (2872)
City Tree Guards
Da Costa Landscaping Contractors (Installation Only)
E&J Iron Works Inc.
Guardian Gates Company Inc
Iron Age Designs
Kendi Iron Works
Mozart Iron Craft Corporation (Excl. Staten Island)