Tree guard demo on Roncy

Sample tree guard on Roncesvalles Avenue

Multi-function tree guard.

If you’re walking past 367 Roncesvalles, you’ll see an example of the tree guards coming to the east side of Roncesvalles this fall, along with the tree grates to be installed at grade.

The graceful curved edge at the top serves as a comfortable arm rest when you stop for a chat. These grills can also work for tying up your dog or locking your bike should all of the surrounding bike rings — now sprouting up along Roncy — be taken up.

The four-foot high, New-York style iron grill has a large enough diameter for the tree to grow quite wide before it need be removed. The grates protects the tree bed by preventing further soil compacting by pedestrians.

The City is waiting for the soil around the trees to settle before they’ll install the grates.  In the meantime, cyclists are reminded to lock their bikes to the bike posts and not to the trees.

The digging is done

The project is on track. The sidewalks are tiled; the road is smooth; the streetcar tracks are in; the bike ramps are paved; and most of the bus shelters are in place.

We now have 82 new trees on the east side taking root in conditions where they should thrive and new plants in some of the planting beds. On the west side, 18 new trees were planted on private property with the help of community volunteers. In short, the way is paved for an awesome avenue.

But the project isn’t finished yet. We’re now waiting for the remaining bike rings to be installed, hoping this will be done soon so people will stop locking their bikes to the new trees. The trash bins are coming. There is more street furniture to come including benches once all of the other priority elements are in place.  And, finally, in the fall, once the soil has settled around the new trees, tree grates will be installed at grade and new tree guards put up around the trees.