Kimley-Horn Arborists Coordinate Relocation of Mature Oak Trees to New Residential Community
The vision behind Wellen Park, a new residential community in Venice, Florida, was unique: an eclectic space that felt like a well-established and deep-rooted part of the community from the moment construction was complete.
But how do you make a newly-built master planned community feel like a historic town staple? In collaboration with Environmental Design, Inc., Kimley-Horn’s landscape architects and planners actualized the client’s vision by relocating 26 Heritage Oak trees that are up to 100 years old and 96 inches in diameter. Kimley-Horn arborists selected the trees, coordinated their relocation, and designed hardscapes around each unique root ball. To preserve and anchor the trees within the community’s planned amenity spaces—including a grand lawn, civic event lawn, and main entry boulevard—the team prepared precise documents to dictate the proper care and placement appropriate for each tree.
Nearly four years before the projected completion date, our in-house certified arborists began the process by selecting the oaks that best brought the desired aesthetic to fruition and creating a plan to provide proper care and protection for each tree. Keeping each tree healthy required careful and deliberate sequencing throughout the relocation, including eliminating excess water to prevent rotting, and mixing in the soil that each tree was previously living in to avoid causing shock.
Serving as the client’s trusted partner during construction, phasing, and sequencing meant non-stop weather monitoring and adapting on the fly when conditions changed quickly. Kimley-Horn coordinated with as many as seven on-site teams to turn this new development into a landmark treasure.
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