Every day, people who care about the redwoods ask me how they can enjoy the redwood forest to fullest without hurting the trees. People want to know where it’s okay to party under the redwoods, how they can landscape their yard without damaging the redwoods that were there first, and what to do when a redwood near their home is in distress. Whenever anyone asks me what to do about their personal redwood issue, my first thought is always, wow, these people care enough to ask for advice!
In general, here are a few things you can do to help protect the redwoods in your life:
- Always remember there is more to a redwood than meets the eye, so be mindful of its underground roots. Use raised platforms or footpaths if there will be a lot of weight near to the base of redwoods to avoid compacting soil. Keep roots intact and able to hydrate the redwoods by not digging or trenching directly under the trees.
- If you’re planting near redwoods, use native species that are locally sourced to restore natural redwood habitat and keep from introducing exotic species that may spread into the forest.
- Wash your boots and gardening tools in bleach if you’ve been gardening or walking through areas with Sudden Oak Death to keep from spreading the disease. While redwoods don’t typically die from Sudden Oak Disease, some of their native neighbors do.
- Let creeks and streams flow naturally without diversions or pollution so that redwoods and wildlife get their fair share of clean water.
- If a redwood appears sick, call your local arborist for a consultation. They will know what ailments are affecting trees locally and hopefully can provide an RX.
- Lastly, please don’t carve your initials into redwood trunk, even if it’s a fallen log. Why? Because its tacky! 😉
These are just a few things to think about as you live with redwoods. I’m always open for specific questions and if I don’t know the answer, I will at least try to point you in the right direction with your search.