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Protect beauty, benefits of native oak trees

Protect beauty, benefits of native oak trees

According to several local arborists and the Sunset Western Garden Book, native oak trees are not suited for the levels of irrigation that grass requires.

The removal of certain oak trees in Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley is an example of this. The trees were old, and their survival was compromised by the continual watering of surrounding lawn. These incompatible landscape practices demonstrate a lack of regard for the natural beauty and protective canopy of the native oaks.

Trees provide benefits such as the conversion of carbon dioxide to oxygen, a haven for wildlife and aesthetic beauty. Grass has hefty water needs and is often maintained with chemicals and gas-powered mowers.

Both oaks and grass can coexist, but only if the oaks have a perimeter area that is free from grass. Contact personnel at Western Gateway Park, 432-1990, to suggest landscape practices better suited to oak survival.

Lisa Fox

Penn Valley

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