Tree lined streets have become synonymous with First Colony. Over the years as the trees have matured a thick leafy canopy has grown that shades many of the boulevards and thoroughfares. However with the beauty of large heavily canopied trees came numerous challenges. Diminished or no turf growth, increased siltation, damage to sidewalks and utility infrastructure caused by dense root systems, and obstructed street lighting are all common problems in First Colony. Due to over planting, an increase in competition for sunlight and nutrients occurs. As a result the weaker trees are overtaken by their healthier counterparts.
In years past First Colony Community Services Association has executed several projects to find the best solution to the issues created by the abundant hardwoods in the right of ways of First Colony. Canopy thinning, planting of alternative varieties of turf and ground cover, and planted beds of shade tolerant vegetation to name a few. In an effort to preserve the signature appearance and insure the health and longevity of the trees in First Colony, a test site was approved for selective tree removals in 2014 at Edgewater Boulevard between Waters Way Drive and Colonists Drive.
First Colony will continue with the fifth year of the Board approved five-year plan for selected tree removals to continue to improve tree health and resolve siltation issues. The areas where this will occur will be in Alcorn Oaks, Riverbend North esplanade, First Colony Blvd., Soldier’s Field, Plantation Park tot lot, Stephens Grant, Lakefield, setback on Colony Lakes Dr., 2nd row of Drake elms at Oyster Point & Riverbend and Alcorn Bend LS reserves.
There will also be tree removals starting January 9, 2020 at Lost Creek, Lakefield Way, Lakestone (Heritage Colony), Colonial Lakes Cross Lakes and Creekbend & Fluor. Removal of the Chinese tallow trees will begin at the Lakefield playground beginning on 2/6/2020.
In addition, 15 crape myrtle trees are being removed (2/25/2020) in the Colony Cove neighborhood. They are being removed due to overcrowding issues caused by the Oak trees next to them.
Work will begin on finishing tree removal on August 10, 2020 to include the following areas:
Riverbend North Esplanade
Fluor Daniel Dr
A written report and presentation by FCCSA Horticultural Consultant, Dr. W. Todd Watson, PhD, BCMA, ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist, Consulting Arborist, Horticulturist, Plant Pathologist, and Adjunct Professor with Texas A&M University explaining the details of the project is available for viewing below.