Sewer Safe Trees
In an effort to reduce the amount of root intrusion into sanitary sewer lines, collection operators may recommend trees that are “sewer-safe.” The general recommendation is to choose small, slow-growing species, varieties or cultivars with less aggressive root systems and to replace them before they get too large for their planting area.
There are no “sewer-safe” trees, but by using small, slower-growing trees, sewer lines should be safer from the intrusion of tree roots.
Trees have always played an important role in our community. In addition to their aesthetic charm, they provide us with a host of environmental benefits, such as:
- Assimilate carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels
- Cool the air as water evaporates from pores in their leaves
- Filter out dust and pollen and air pollutants
- Produce oxygen
- Shade our streets and homes
The larger a tree becomes, the greater the environmental benefits we receive from it.
A community that cares about the health and welfare of its citizens will likewise care about its trees. Raking leaves and providing adequate tree care is a very modest price to pay for the many benefits trees provide.
Advice to Residents
As spring approaches and the weather warms, many residents begin to clean up their yards and prune, cut limbs, remove brush, and even remove undesired trees. This is also the time of the year when a variety of firms come into the city to offer their services. We would like to remind citizens anyone contracted to perform these services is also required to haul off the debris they create, according to city ordinance. Most local services are aware of this ordinance. However, there are some individuals and companies who try to avoid the hauling requirement.
Prior to agreeing to any tree services, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently made the following suggestions, which we support:
- Be patient, demand for tree services may be high, but waiting for a reputable company will save you time and money
- Obtain the name, address, telephone number and owner's name, and then verify this information before any work begins
- Make sure the company is licensed and insured
- Use a Certified Arborist whenever possible for tree work
- Obtain estimated (quotes) from several companies to ensure you are getting the best price and service
- Check references
- Pay after the work is completed
Call BBB for reliability reports on the company. Its phone number is 615-242-4222. This is a data base number - follow the instructions, having the phone number of the firm for which you are seeking information available.