Letters: Trees are great, but lets pick ones with least impact



May 22, 2012

I have lived in Rodgers Forge for 45 years, and I have some concerns about the wish of Larry Fogelson, head of the community tree committee, to plant many more trees ("Tree committee gets growing in Rodgers Forge," April 26).

When the Forge houses on the hill were first constructed in the early 1950s, many of the trees planted by Keelty were silver maples. These maple trees grow quickly. At maturity, they often take down power, phone and cable lines, their roots seek out and invade homeowners' sewer lines and cause uneven pavements — which are a hazard — and they also lead to gutters that need to be cleaned of pods and leaves.

Some trees are a danger if large limbs hang over cars and neighboring yards, causing potential loss of property and/or injury to people.

This could be why many older maple trees have been removed from yards in the Forge. This is a densely inhabited neighborhood with small yards, and we all need to be aware of these factors when planting new trees.

Many neighbors have not taken down or pruned their trees due to the expense involved. In our present economy, the cost of pruning and tree removal can be prohibitive and beyond the reach of some homeowners.

I believe Blue Water Baltimore should consider planting slower growing, less invasive trees, such as fruit trees, redbuds, dogwoods, etc. What types of maple trees are being planted?

Let's be responsible and proactive when planting new trees in our neighborhood, and consider all the factors.

Anne Stephanus

Rodgers Forge

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