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Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan

This free book details how to design beautiful and functional street tree plantings

This full-color, 91 page design manual will help replace many of the subjective decisions made during street tree design and plant selection with objective criteria. The manual is intended to assist communities and planners in selecting the best trees for their available planting sites (if the sites can support trees), and also to use specific principles of street tree design to most effectively create public green spaces, positively affect traffic patterns, and create healthy living spaces. The design manual presents a matrix of questions to help the user select the best plants for the area, and poses enough questions that issues of spacing, placement relative to travel corridors, and a wide variety of design elements will be resolved. The selection philosophy includes not only whether the tree is hardy enough, but whether it can achieve the design goals in its intended location. A well-placed tree in a well-designed landscape will require less maintenance and yield more benefits for the community.

The manual is available online at http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2008/12/road-to-a-thoughtful-street-tree-masterplan/. A limited number of CDs are also available for a nominal fee. To request a CD, contact Gary Johnson at 612-625-3765 or johns054@umn.edu.

Date Prepared
Jan 23, 2009
Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson
Indexed By
Species Selection, Landscape Design
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