Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Tree Protection, Buffers & Landscaping 8.9 General Installation and Maintenance Standards


F. Timing of Plantings: Any tree planted to satisfy the requirements of this chapter must be planted after October 1 st and before March 31 st . Any tree planted after April 1 st and before September 30 th will not count toward the landscape requirements of this chapter. If the project timing is such that trees to be counted toward the requirements of this chapter cannot reasonably be planted within the required October 1 st to March 31 st timeframe before the applicant requests a Certificate of Compliance, the Administrator may grant the applicant one additional year from the date of application for a Certificate of Compliance in which to plant such trees. In order to ensure that all such trees are planted within this one year period, the applicant shall provide the town with an improvement guarantee in accordance with the provisions of Section 6.12. G. Plantings near Parking and Vehicular Use Areas: All planting areas that are adjacent to parking or vehicular use areas shall be protected from vehicular intrusion or damage from excessive vehicular lubricants or fuels. H. Motorist Obstruction Prohibited: Landscaping shall not obstruct the view of motorists using any street, parking aisle, private driveway, or the approach to any street intersection so as to constitute a traffic hazard or a condition dangerous to public safety. I. Conformance with Nursery Stock Standards: Plant materials used in conformance with the provisions of this section shall conform to standards promulgated by the American Association of Nurse ryman in “American Standards for Nursery Stock” (ANSI Z60.1-2004), as amended from time to time hereafter. All plant material shall be free of disease and pests; have good structure and branching form; be free from constricting ties; have a healthy root system without girdling roots; have a visible root collar at the time of planting; and be in vigorous health. J. Planting in Utility Easements: The planting of required trees and shrubs in utility easements is discouraged but may be permitted with written approval of the easement owner. K. Ground Treatment: All tree plantings shall be mulched with 3 inches of shredded bark or 4 inches of pine straw in a 3-foot radius around the tree, or to the dripline, whichever is greater. The mulch shall be free of trash and maintained weed free thereafter. The mulch shall not cover the root collar. L. Trimming and Pruning: All required plantings shall be allowed to reach their mature size and shall be maintained at their mature size. Trimming and pruning shall be done in strict accordance with the ANSI A300 standards, as amended from time to time hereafter. Topping is not an acceptable pruning practice. The Administrator may require the removal and replacement of any tree(s) that have been topped or excessively trimmed. M. Staking: Staking is required only when a plant is unable to support itself with its existing root system. Examples of this are: bare rooted plants, a strong wind situation, loose soil, wet conditions, steep slopes, and large size plant material. Tree ties are to be a soft, wide (minimum, 1 inch) polymer material. No knots are to be tied around the trunk that may restrict growth. Ties are to be removed after one year following installation. N. Soil Modification: Soil modifications shall be required on sites where the soil is poor in quality and structure. Soil modifications may include tilling, deep ripping, addition of nutrition/fertilizer or other organic compounds, conditioning additives to effect a change in the water holding capacity of the soil, soil structure, soil texture, and Ph, such as gypsum, sand, lime, dolomite, chemicals, mulches, otherwise.

8.9.2. Maintenance

Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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