The soil at Constitution Gardens is compacted, saturated, and unable to sustain healthy planting. Tree species that exist there today are a collection of species not necessarily suited to their topographic placement, are generally undersized for their age, and lack long-term sustainability. Trees closer to the lake are generally in worse condition than those at the higher perimeter of the site. We will undertake relocation, replacement, and rigorous in-situ treatment to nurse the tree population back to health.
Diverse woods planting will allow for flexible phased tree relocation. A naturalistic approach to maintenance, including leaving leaf litter in place, will provide a consistent influx of nutrients to the soil, reduce maintenance requirements, and encourage the nutrient cycling capacity of the Gardens’ plant communities.