Tree Care Tips: Trash and Animal Waste

Street trees in urban settings are very resilient but being on the public right-of-way can leave them open to deposits of debris, litter, and waste that can be harmful to their survival. In addition to weeds that naturally spring up in tree pits, human and animal-derived waste can alter soil quality, damage exposed tree roots, and give the tree pit an unsightly appearance. Younger street trees are especially susceptible to this type of damage. There are several ways in which you can help prevent litter and waste from building up in tree pits.