The Wilmington Tree Commission presented their 2008 awards at the June 3 City Council Meeting:
Outstanding Pruning, Maintnenance and Overall Good Tree Health Practices
Muirfield Home Owners Association
The Muirfield Home Owners Association, a 65 home subdivision within Landfall, just entered its 4th year of a complete tree care program, which covers approximately 105 trees within the neighborhood. This community is unique in that it approaches maintenance from a tree health basis, not just a liability basis. Work on these properties includes annual pruning, insect and disease diagnosis and treatment, and fall fertilization. All the trees within this neighborhood have been treated with mychorrizae, a natural root stimulant, to promote strong root structure and healthy growth.
Outstanding Tree Preservation and Outstanding Use of Native Trees
Autumn Hall is a 236-acre mixed-use project on Eastwood Road. The project developer, Autumn Hall, Inc., mandated a strict “save tree” policy during the project’s design and now implementation, starting with the hiring of an arborist at the onset of the project.
To date, approximately 149 native trees, including swamp chestnuts and Darlington, Turkey and Water Oaks, have been moved to locations where they are being used to create street and park tree canopies. The developer has rerouted infrastructure, relocated trees and sacrificed home lots to create parks and to save trees, including stands of long leaf and loblolly pines, live oaks and individual naval storage trees. Water conservation and consumption is being addressed at the development through carefully planned and integrated retention pond and irrigation systems.
Outstanding Handling of Unique Location Challenges
Preservation Park is a nine lot, single-family subdivision located at the corner of Sebrell and Park Avenue. The project was designed using Performance Residential Density criteria to minimize removal of trees and conserve wetland areas. Individual lots were landscaped with native, low maintenance species of trees in order to diffuse runoff. This property has already been recognized as a Stewardship Development award winner and equally deserves to be recognized for its tree friendly planning and execution.