If you live in one of Calgary’s older communities you are probably already very familiar with problems with Poplar trees.
The city of Calgary planted thousands of Poplar trees in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Many of these trees were planted on Calgary boulevards. Unfortunately, many were also planted in front of residential homes. Over the years these Poplar trees have become huge and their size and evasiveness has caused numerous issues with Calgary residential properties and sidewalks. It is likely the city of Calgary regrets planting these very destructive trees as they have cause so much damage throughout the city.
What are the problems with Poplar trees?
Poplar trees can grow to be very large. There are many problems with Poplar trees . Their roots do not run deep but instead they are very shallow. These shallow roots can be up to 12″ across and they have the power to lift sidewalks, paving stones, driveways and retaining walls. We have seen many examples of this destruction while visiting with our Calgary clients at their homes. Poplars have a need to breed and their root structure is extensive. Their root system also creates new shoots that can become full grown poplar trees over time. Poplars not only have very evasive root systems but they are also have very fragile branches. Considering Poplars are such a huge and strong looking tree, they are surprisingly fragile> You may have witnessed the aftermath of a wind storm in Calgary and seen the branches strewn allover the streets. The majority of these branches are from Poplar trees. Poplar tree branches are extremely fragile. A small child can easily break these branches off without much effort. In high winds these branches break off and at times even entire limbs snap and fall to the ground, damaging cars, homes and surrounding landscapes.
Is your poplar tree a city tree?
If your Poplar tree is causing you grief, you may find that getting rid of it will cause you even more grief. Poplars are protected to an extreme in Calgary. As destructive and evasive as they are, the city has made it a priority to protect them. Removing them or even pruning them may be a battle especially if the trees is fronting your property and is deemed to be the property of the City of Calgary.
Is a city of Calgary tree on your property?
The city of Calgary has come up with an exhaustive list you must conform to in order to have them consider allowing you to remove your Poplar tree. This list includes getting permission from your neighbours to remove the tree, paying for the removal yourself and planting a replacement tree.
For more information visit this link to learn more from the City of Calgary about Problems with poplar trees
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