Summer 2016 Update: Sidewalk Repairs & Free Trees!
by Dorothy E Harris, Beautification Division Chair
During the past year this major Department of Public Works project – which encompasses all County sidewalks in Ladera – has progressed toward the last phase. As the job of repairing/replacing concrete sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and driveway aprons, removing unsightly asphalt safety fills and the negatively contributing parkway trees moves into the final stretch, we got an update from County Engineer Greg Even, coordinator.
Minor Repairs – Grinding: The concrete grinding has been completed throughout Ladera.
Major issues – Concrete replacement: Estimated at 70% complete with the repairs (remove and replace) in Old Ladera and Lower Ladera, and an estimated four months to complete the remaining Upper repairs.
Do You Want a Free Tree? Parkway trees will be impacted by the concrete repair work, and will need to be removed at approximately 60 locations. Affected residences have been notified. Most of these are in Old and Lower Ladera, relatively few in Upper Ladera. In recognition of this loss and the need to provide green relief, the County continues to encourage new as well as replacement trees to be planted in the parkway if the location meets the requirements below. If County has enough stock, you may even get a second tree! Please refer to the Illustration below.
These trees come in a 24” box will be available even if you aren’t replacing a tree. Planting will be done by the County contractor, and will include a watering pipe so your hose water goes efficiently, directly down to encourage deep rooting. You should plan to water your new tree weekly until it’s well established.
Here’s How: email Dorothy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sept 1. Title your email Tree Request, and in the message be sure to state “replacement” or “new”, and if you would consider a second tree. Don’t forget your address, email and a weekday contact phone. You may also request a specific type of tree in accordance with your street’s theme, if the tree is on the approved parkway planting list. (Note that some species have been removed from that list due to problems with root problems or disease susceptibility.)
And Then You Wait! The optimal season for planting trees is late fall, early winter. Since the County’s stock and budget is not unlimited, this advance plan is to ensure the trees for Ladera are reserved! The Tree Request list will be furnished to the County and they will respond to each home-owner when it is time to plant their tree.
Problem Private Trees – on your residential property (i.e. front or side yard): Your private tree(s) roots may be problematic to the concreted areas of concern. The County has already notified property owners about this situation and apprised them of their options:
If you do nothing to address the problem tree on your property DPW will continue to patch the location with asphalt until the tree is removed or root-pruned by the property owner. Note if you wait and do it later, there is no guarantee that the concrete work will be available at your date of convenience.
If you want to root-prune your private property tree, at your expense, DPW recommends that you first consult with an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist to have them evaluate whether your tree can be safely root pruned without compromising the structural integrity of the tree. A root control barrier will need to be installed.Certified Arborists can be found on internet listings, and DPW has an arborist who can consult with you when the time comes. For further info contact Greg Even GEVEN@dpw.lacounty.gov