WHY THE CHEAPEST FOLIAGE ISN'T ALWAYS THE BEST
A True Story:
Thirty Years ago the company that built our neighborhood got an excellent deal on ash trees. Because they are a common and beautiful tree, the neighborhood was lined with this type of tree, and no other. For years the community was green and lively with foliage. A few other trees were occasionally planted by other property owners to some degree, but they mostly didn’t need to because the neighborhood already had plenty of trees.
Never could the company have predicted that 30 years later a bug would get into the all of the ash trees that cannot be stopped, killed, or prevented. Only Ash trees were affected. And that was the majority of what we had. And because this was the only tree planted, the neighborhood became like a barren desert. This significantly reduced the land value and the enjoyment of the community. New trees are being planted, but it will take years to restore the neighborhood to its former glory.
This problem can be prevented by having more than one tree planted in your neighborhood. Having at least three can be very beneficial. If the city planted only one kind of tree in your neighborhood, you can purchase one or two different trees of your own property. You’ll be glad you did. Rarely will you have a plague that kills all kinds of trees. Most of the time, there will be one tree type that becomes susceptible to a bug. Even if all of one tree type is lost, the other trees will remain to keep your neighborhood beautiful for the years to come.