How do you like your tree well done?

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An example of a  tree well on St. Paul St. in Charles Village(6/29/13)

It turns out there are a lot of ways to protect a tree from the day-to-day dangers--including dogs, cars, weed-whackers, and pedestrians-- that make sidewalks a relatively hazardous place to put down roots.  As we talk with folks about what would make them feel more connected to nearby trees, time and time again we hear that a well-maintained tree well can be just as important as the tree itself.

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A tree well box on Huntington Ave. in Remington (4/24/13)

Wrought-iron tree wells are one of the most popular ways to protect tree wells, but they are also very costly. Over the next few months, we'll be working with local artists to come up with creative alternatives that can both protect and enhance our tree wells using less expensive materials.

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A wrought-iron tree well box on Linden Ave. (4/11/13)

Check out how local artist Will Grenier is using recycled wood and debris to turn the tree wells at the corner of Whitelock St. and Brookfield Ave. into places that are comfortable for your body and easy on your eyes.

Before:

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(6/18/13)

After:

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(6/20/13)

Before:

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(6/18/13)

After:

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In the meantime, check out some pictures of other tree well designs from Reservoir Hill and beyond. Which designs do you think offer the most effective combination of form and function? What kinds of tree wells would you like to see in Reservoir Hill? Send your ideas to tkrolik@reservoirhill.net and keep checking your local tree wells for inspiration!

Wood-and-metal combination:

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A tree well guard on Ann St. in Fells Point (2/24/13)

Gathered rocks:

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A tree well on the 700 block of Newington (10/14/11)

All-wood:

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(4/21/13)

Faux-wood:

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A Fells Point tree well fence (4/19/13)

Faux-metal:

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Newington Ave. (10/22/12)

Wood:

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(1/14/13)

Wood bench:

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(11/21/12)