View More

Deep Root’s Legacy Products: What Is ArborTie?

Root Barriers, Geomembranes… what is missing from the Deep Root Legacy Products suite? Ah yes, ArborTie. All of our ArborTie products — regular ol’ webbing, complete kits, and bulk stakes and anchors — are to help support young trees as they grow and develop trunk strength.  And, like all of our other products, ArborTie doesn’t... More

Come Fly With Me: Drones for Tree Assessment and Care

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” evoke a variety of responses from people ranging from anger over privacy invasion to awe over the new perspectives on our world. But like the Force, drones are merely tools that can be used for either the Dark Side or the Light. My interest in drones is related to... More

Power to the people: getting involved in citizen science

Chances are if you are a regular reader of this blog, you have an interest in nature, science, or the outdoors.  Maybe you are an avid gardener, birdwatcher, or hiker?  Whatever your interests, you may be able to put your hobbies to use for the greater good.  Citizen science, the act of everyday people contributing... More

What to Consider When Designing Green Stormwater Systems, Part 2

Last month’s blog was the first in a series that focuses on maintenance considerations for Green Infrastructure (GI) systems. We touched on how the design of GI systems should be guided by maintenance funding, equipment, material, staff, and frequency. We saw how early consideration of operations and maintenance (O&M) factors can streamline feasibility assessment, refine... More

The Experience of Silence: Finland Balances Growth and Green

This year’s European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) was held in Helsinki and Vantaa, Finland. The theme “Increasing Cities, Decreasing Green Areas: Challenges to Urban Foresters and Green Professionals” was very appropriate as both cities are expanding rapidly.  Don’t know about EFUF? For 21 years, EFUF has held an annual conference in various European countries,... More

Rethinking Runoff: How Stormwater Can be Harnessed for Better Design

The term “stormwater” does not evoke positive imagery for many people. It’s likely that the term conjures polluted water, pipes, and ponds rather than artful design features. However, the need for stormwater management has only become more important as the frequency and severity of storm events has grown. Over the past 20 years, this topic... More

What to Consider When Designing Green Stormwater Systems

This blog is the first in a series of three that focuses on maintenance for Green Infrastructure (GI) systems and includes design considerations for selecting and designing GI systems, developing O&M manuals, and training maintenance staff to maintain the installed GI facilities. Conventional or grey stormwater infrastructure systems require maintenance in order to provide the... More

Urban Soil Reuse as Planting Soil: Current Science and Lessons Learned

Over the last several years, DeepRoot has written about reusing urban soils as a planting medium. To date, the following have been covered via the DeepRoot blog: Reusing Existing Urban Soil for Planting Urban Soil Assessment and Reuse: Part 1 and Part 2 Search for the “Perfect” Soil Specification The articles above create a basis... More

Speaking for the Trees: Getting to Know Diana Beresford-Kroeger

If you love trees but aren’t familiar with Diana Beresford-Kroeger, it’s time to acquaint yourself with her work.  A botanist, medical biochemist, author, and activist, her background combines western scientific training with traditional folk-knowledge and methods. Perhaps her strongest talent is her ability to bring an understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature... More

Where to Plant a Street Tree?

We hear a lot of discussion about the need to increase urban tree canopy, and the area people often focus on when planting new trees is the strip of land along the street in front of homes or businesses. This strip is known as a planting strip, buffer, neutral zone, park strip, or in Great... More