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City requires oak tree in front lawn

Original post made by Artist, Old Palo Alto, on May 8, 2014

I was happy to see the construction of the house on 1130 Middlefield finally nearing its completion. I was not so happy to see an oak tree delivered to be planted in the front lawn. Oak trees are "dirty" trees. They drop leaves, caterpillars and acorns constantly. The acorns are distributed in the neighborhood by blue jays and dug up by squirrels, destroying what is growing, including the lawn. My immediate neighbor planted a lawn under an existing oak tree. The lawn died within a few months for lack of sunlight. So my neighbor had to spend a lot of money installing artificial turf. Along my driveway I just counted 30 oak seedlings. If I let them grow, they can easily lift the sidewalk.
Why not plant a tree that does no damage and that people will actually enjoy - like a dogwood?

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