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Springboro, OH - These dying spruces behind Five Points Elementary should never have been planned for this spot due to too much flowing storm water + alkaline leachate oozing out from under asphalt bus turn-around.

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These dying spruces behind Five Points Elementary should never have been planned for this spot due to too much flowing storm water + alkaline leachate oozing out from under asphalt bus turn-around.

Picture posted by Mark Witsken on Sep 07 '10

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Twp Resident

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Sep 9, 2010
What is alkaline leachate? Is this potentially hazardous?

Since: Dec 09

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#2 Sep 9, 2010
Twp Resident wrote:
What is alkaline leachate? Is this potentially hazardous?
wasted Springboro Funds? One need look no further than Heatherwoode Golf Course..A golf course that takes city tax dollars to operate..without it..the golf course can not support itself....FACT..

Since: Dec 09

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#3 Sep 9, 2010
John Parise wrote:
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wasted Springboro Funds? One need look no further than Heatherwoode Golf Course..A golf course that takes city tax dollars to operate..without it..the golf course can not support itself....FACT..
deny it all you want....the golf course , without city tax dollars is a losing enterprise
REAL Boro fan

Dayton, OH

#4 Sep 9, 2010
Oh pu-leeze! You need a different hobby, Mr. Witsken. Next you'll be posting pictures of the grass that has died at our buildings (should the district waste money on water to keep it alive during this drought, or waste the grass?!) It's been HOT and DRY--conditions for landscaping are rough, to say the least. Half of the homes and businesses in Springboro have dying trees, shrubs, bushes, and grass due to the conditions we have had this summer. Some sad looking trees at a school is not news-worthy.
Mark Witsken

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Sep 10, 2010
REAL Boro fan wrote:
Oh pu-leeze! You need a different hobby, Mr. Witsken. Next you'll be posting pictures of the grass that has died at our buildings (should the district waste money on water to keep it alive during this drought, or waste the grass?!) It's been HOT and DRY--conditions for landscaping are rough, to say the least. Half of the homes and businesses in Springboro have dying trees, shrubs, bushes, and grass due to the conditions we have had this summer. Some sad looking trees at a school is not news-worthy.
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"These dying spruces behind Five Points Elementary should never have been planned for this spot due to too much flowing storm water + alkaline leachate oozing out from under asphalt bus turn-around."
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RBf, what you see in this photo has very, very little to do overall with the drought of 2010.
But to be 100% fair to your arguement, this current drought may very well become the final nail in the coffin for them.

These 3 trees, like many others around this facility, have been ravaged repeatedly by spruce mites, bagworms & various sorts of scale since Five Points Elementary first opened its doors.
Since it has opened just 4 years ago, Five Points Elementary has lost spruce, oak, poplar trees, & maple trees. To put it mildly, a number of red maples there are far beyond the point of being aesthetically pleasing.

Typically, the average healthy tree or bush is able to handle 1 or 2 seasons of insect or mite damage. But once you add in negative environmental factors such as poor drainage or the presence of either an extreme acid or alkaline soil pH level (opposite of specific plant requirements), the damage caused by juice-sucking mites or chomping bagworms is magnified exponentially because quite often the plant cannot create enough new growth to offset the root or crown growth that was lost.

These 3 trees specifically, because of their location in a runoff swale, have their roots literally drowned during every major rainstorm or snow run-off. Then the soil compacts & bakes like a cake during drought periods.
No landscape designer in his right mind should have ever planned coniferous trees in this specific location.

If one of these spruce trees had been planted anywhere near the front entrance doorway of the school & it had developed the same level of bagworm problems that they've some of them had had over the last 3+ years, there would have been an immediate A.P.B. issued to the district garage for someone to drive over & spray them.
They're planted behind the building. Out of sight, out of mind.
What's the difference?!?
Their planning, purchase & installation was paid for by this district's taxpayers, right?
They should be thought of as part of the infrastructure of Five Points Elementary School, and put on a preventive maintenance schedule not a whole lot different than roofs, boilers & busses.
Otherwise, they simply are physical representations of yesterday's tax $$ being neglected, unceremoniously yanked out & tossed away.

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