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Time for a tree check-up

published: 2019-07-08 10:50, mlan
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Tree inventory is underway. Dry trees and those with fungal infections must be removed for safety reasons. Felling, however, is a last-resort measure. This autumn, the City will plant almost 7,000 trees.

"We know how valuable each tree is. Especially when the capital is struck by a heatwave, since plants lining the streets provide shelter from the scorching sun. We cannot, however, let diseased trees fall down on people or damage property, such as vehicles. When a tree is unstable, the only reasonable option is to cut it down. Currently, we are working on a city-wide system designed to inform residents on all the felling operations within the city, so that each Varsovian can check the related requests and decisions issued by the authorities,” said Justyna Glusman, Head Coordinator for Sustainable Development and Greenery of the City of Warsaw.

Wiem o wycince (tree felling database)

About a dozen municipal institutions are currently responsible for processing tree-felling requests. Varsovians have access to the Wiem o wycince website, where they can check diagnoses of trees to be cut down. The first phase of a city-wide tree felling database project is underway. Three districts of Warsaw have entered the pilot project. In addition, work is underway on the Tree Protection Policy, which will lay down standards for plant protection against damage and breaking.

More trees lining the streets
In spring Warsaw received more than a thousand new street trees – most of them in Białołęka, Mokotów and Śródmieście district. A three-year maintenance warranty is given for each seedling. The city is planning to invest in a further 7,000 trees in autumn. District mayors requested 2,765 of these.

Gardening standards in Warsaw
Between April and October Warsaw’s gardeners water the trees twice a week, either in the morning or in the evening. During the hot and dry season, they take special care of the plants, providing them with water more frequently. Near some of the trunks, the gardeners have installed treegators – 50-litre rubber bags seeping water to protect the trees against drought. The tree-lines in water basins are weeded twice a month. Additionally, experts check at regular intervals whether the plants stay firmly in the ground and if needed, remove branches broken or damaged by, for instance, strong wind. When a tree has a fungal infection or struggles with other pest, it is sprayed with safe agents to aid a fast recovery. The gardeners take care of Warsaw’s trees also by forming branches each year so that the tree tops with leaves look neatly and develop uniformly.