When you start knocking on doors asking neighbors what they think about the idea of planting a tree in front of their house, you learn that people can have very strong opinions about trees. But whether they love 'em or hate 'em, usually there's a lot of confusion about just what kind of impact a tree might have on nearby homes, sidewalk panels, utility wires and pipes, cars, gutters, birds, rodents, and on and on.
In fall 2013, we worked with a local designer (thanks Katherine!) and a Reservoir Hill-based illustrator (thanks Lisa!) to create a booklet that gives folks a few facts, lots of descriptions, and a bit of hand-drawn whimsy to help determine what kind of tree is the best match for each person, situation, and taste. We feature testimonials from neighbors who have recently planted each of the 5 presented tree species, and we'll use the "Tree Menu" to help select the 50-75 trees we'll be planting with neighbors this fall.
We have printed copies of the "Tree Menu" available at the RHIC office, but for everyone else feel free to click on each of the following images to enlarge!
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