What does that mean?

Why would anyone want to do setback planting?
  • greater rooting volume: more soil for the roots generally means a healthier tree, because more water and nutrients are available.
  • less pruning: setback trees interfere much less with wires and roads, resulting in less pruning and fewer opportunities for decay.
  • lower stress: trees away from the streets and highways will not be as affected by road salt, compaction, or heat load.
  • better early care: during the critical years after transplanting, trees on private property tend to receive more attention and less abuse.
  • How is such planting possible? Isn’t it against the law or something?
    setback planting of sugar maple
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    Who takes care of setback trees? Where is setback planting of particular value? Where can I get more information?

    Bloniarz, D. V., and H. D. Ryan III.  1993.  "Designing Alternatives to Avoid Street Tree Conflicts."  Journal of Arboriculture. 19(3), 152-156. For other information, advice and help on this topic, call offices of your State Urban Forestry Coordinator or University Extension service, visit urban forestry web sites.