Sidewalk repairs doomed over 3,000 trees that were toppled by strong winds and storms last June, prompting recommendations to prevent such a massive treefall during future storms, according to an article published by the Star Tribune.
Trees located near sidewalks in Minneapolis’ boulevards that underwent reconstruction in the past five years were twice as likely to fall over as those near sidewalks with no repairs.This happened because sidewalk or street repairs can damage some of the tree's strongest roots, the article asserts.
The findings are part of a $30,000 study commissioned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board after observing most of the tree loss appeared to have occurred on boulevards, the grassy corridors between sidewalks and streets, and not in yards.
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