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Silva Cell Trees Years of Growth

Some say a picture is worth 1,000 words, how about 1,000 cubic feet? Silva Cells have supported trees throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for over a decade. From University plazas to corporate office headquarters, and streetscapes, trees installed with Silva Cells are thriving. At a minimum, each tree on all of... More

La Plaza De Las Americas: A Silva Cell Case Study

– A permanent public space reclaimed for the community of Washington Heights elevates large city space transformation via incorporating green infrastructure – 14 trees create an inviting ambiance for people at the lively market, establishing a hierarchy of trees and people over cars and streets. – The trees have grown substantially in the past several... More

Treating Hydrocarbons with Green Infrastructure

I’ve always believed in nature’s processes to manage compounds in the environment. Even as a young undergraduate engineer, I often wondered why we are removing natural systems like trees and soil rather than working with them, why we weren’t protecting and bolstering those systems in ways that enhanced their natural mitigating processes. The (relatively) recent... More

Convening and Greening with Silva Cell Trees

Convention Centers bring people together in the form of concerts, graduation ceremonies, summits, conferences, and tradeshows. Oftentimes convention centers are packed with multi-day events. These events can be productive and busy: back-to-back keynote speakers, presentations, break-out rooms, exhibits, and after-hours networking. With limited daylight available inside, the ability to leave the building and go outside... More

UK Soil Volume Status for Urban Trees

Trees do a tremendous amount for our communities in a number of essential ways. Unlike a streetlamp or a water main, their influence is diffuse— they affect everything from air and water quality, to flooding, to temperatures, to property values and incidence of crime. Urban trees are under more pressure and facing greater challenges to... More

Silva Cells Can Be Installed with (around) Existing Trees – Part II

Following our post about critical questions to ask prior to using Silva Cells with existing trees, the following are a few examples of successful applications in the USA and Canada. As with any root pruning operation we always recommend close consultation with a local certified arborist. Hanover Inn Hanover, New Hampshire At the corner of... More

Silva Cells Can Be Installed with (around) Existing Trees – Part I

A common question we receive is can Silva Cells be used with an existing tree? Yes! While Silva Cells are typically used to provide soil volume and stormwater management with new tree plantings, there are many circumstances where saving an existing tree is the goal. With care and consideration, Silva Cells can be installed to... More

Horticultural Myths Exposed

Horticulture is the art of cultivating. Garden herbs, plants, produce, flowers, fruits, nuts, and trees all fall under the horticulture category. The common denominator in all of these is soil. One of DeepRoot’s favorite industry leaders and researchers of healthy soil and effective horticulture is Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott. Dr. Chalker-Scott is an Extension Urban Horticulturist... More

Boise: City of Trees Rooted in Silva Cells

– Boise, Idaho has streets lined with trees that account for over 30 Silva Cell projects.  A total of 450 trees, 225,000 ft3of soil volume, and over 10,000 Silva Cells make up Boise’s urban landscape. – Seven years of partnerships between nonprofits, city councils, industry leaders have created a cohesive process for using suspended pavement... More

Plastic Use in Silva Cells: A Resilient Product for a Resilient Future

– Silva Cell is made primarily of virgin plastic because it guarantees quality, reliability, traceability, equality, and strength. – Recycled plastic and virgin plastic have distinguishable differences and potential advantages/disadvantages. – Silva Cell and other DeepRoot products are not single-use plastics (e.g., water bottles, single-use face masks, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids), which... More