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Update on Landscaping Maintenance Along 45th Ave NE

Meghan Fuller, manager of the Grounds department, provided the following update on the landscaping work happening along 45th Ave NE.

The area between the Ocean parking garage and 45th Ave NE has been neglected since it was planted in about 2003. If you look from 45th, you’ll see the area is covered with trees – however not one of those trees below the wall was purposely planted; they all blew in as volunteer weed trees. They include cottonwoods, willows, a horse chestnut, quaking aspen, and other trees. They do create a wonderful screen for the neighborhood, however, so that part is a blessing. But unfortunately, the lower area also became filled with dense blackberry – so dense that it has grown up 20+’ in some places, into the trees and to the area above the wall.

Dense blackberry climbs up trees, shades out other plants, and over time kills things trapped underneath it. The area at the north end, above the retaining wall, was so infested that no living plants remained underneath. If you go there now, you’ll notice a large fallen dead pine tree lying on the slope – it’s obviously been there for years, but the blackberry was so incredibly dense and tall, and the area so inaccessible, that we didn’t even know it was in there until we removed the blackberry.

This past Spring, we began the process of renovating the full length of the space above the retaining wall to create a dense but beautiful screen of shrubs and trees for the neighbors.

Here’s a list of what we’re doing:

  1. Cut down blackberries and hand dig out the roots.
  2. Remove ivy off trees, as that also kills them over time.
  3. Remove dead shrubs and trees (we are not removing living plants, just things that are dead or nearly dead).
  4. Have our tree company prune off large dead branches that could be a hazard if they fell.
  5. Mulch the area to prevent weeds and erosion.
  6. This fall, winter, and spring, begin adding trees, shrubs, ferns, and small plants to create a multi-layered canopy and understory of plantings that result in a much more effective visual and sound barrier, not just at the edge of the 45th sidewalk, but across the full depth of the space.
  7. Then we’ll begin clearing & digging the blackberry and dead plants out of the area below the retaining wall. Any hazardous or dead/dying trees will be removed (there are only a few) and the rest of the living trees and shrubs will remain. The area underneath will also be replanted with a mix of trees, shrubs, and understory plantings to add to the visual barrier between the hospital and neighborhood.

Replanting in this area will happen over the next few months to fill in portions of the perimeter where there is visibility to the hospital. To the extent possible, we will select large plants as replacements. Our grounds crew has already installed green landscaping fabric where there are gaps.

As the space comes together and begins to grow in with new plantings, we hope neighbors will be very pleased with it. It is a much-needed improvement that will be designed to last years into the future. Please know that I am very committed to creating and maintaining an effective and beautiful barrier between the hospital and neighborhood – and as a grounds manager, it’s important to me that it’s healthy and sustainable for years to come, and does not include weed infestations, hazardous trees, or areas so dense that they cannot be maintained.


Update: Tree Work Planned at Sand Point Learning Center

Updated with new start date of Sept. 19.

A landscaping crew is scheduled to perform tree work at Sand Point Learning Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, Monday, Sept. 21, and Wednesday, Sept. 23. The work includes removing trees that are dying or hazardous and pruning healthy trees to remove dead or low branches.

Chainsaws and chippers will generate noise. Some parking spots on the south side of the property will be coned off, but no impacts are expected to the north parking lot. The one-way road along the west side of the building will be closed on Sept. 23. Work will occur between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.


Mulch Placement at Hospital Campus, Sept. 17

On Thursday, Sept. 17, Pacific Topsoils will place mulch at the Seattle Children’s hospital campus along the west side of 45th Avenue NE, south of the intersection with NE 47th Street. The mulch will be placed using a blower truck, which will be parked on the west side of 45th Avenue; although the truck will block the west travel lane, vehicles will still have room to drive past.

The blower truck will generate noise, and the mulch will generate some odors. If conditions are dry, the mulch placement could also create some dust. This work will occur from 9 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.


Tree Work at Hospital Campus, Sept. 14 to Sept. 18

Tree Work at Hospital Campus, Sept. 14 to Sept. 18

Bartlett Tree Experts is scheduled to perform tree work at the Seattle Children’s hospital campus from Monday, Sept. 14, to Friday, Sept. 18. The work includes removing trees that are dying or hazardous, pruning healthy trees to remove dead or low branches, and removing branches leaning on structures.

Activities will take place throughout the hospital campus, including along the perimeters. Bucket trucks will temporarily park on the south side of NE 50th Street, the west side of 45th Avenue NE, and the north side of NE 45th Street. We do not expect any traffic impacts; the sidewalks, however, will be closed in those areas while work is underway.

Crews will use chainsaws and chippers, which will generate noise, each day from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. We expect this work will have minimal impact on the perimeter tree buffer.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.


Tree Trimming and Removal at Hospital Campus, Aug. 22

On Saturday, Aug. 22, a landscaping crew will trim and remove trees at the hospital campus. The work will take place along the north and south sides of Penny Drive between Sand Point Way NE and the entrance to Lot 2. Penny Drive will remain open to vehicles in both directions; some sections of sidewalk may be closed for pedestrian safety. The crew will use chainsaws and a chipper, which will generate noise between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.


Tree Removal at Hospital Campus, July 8

On Wednesday, July 8, Bartlett Tree Experts will remove some dead and dying trees from around the perimeter of Seattle Children’s hospital campus. The work will occur along the south side of NE 47th Street, the west side of 45th Avenue NE, and the north side of NE 45th Street. Crews will use chainsaws and chippers, which will generate noise. We do not expect any traffic impacts. This work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will replant to fill any visible holes in the fall.

If you have questions, please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687.


Tree Removal and Stormwater Work to Continue Next Week

From Monday, May 4 to Thursday, May 7, a crew will continue work to repair a broken stormwater pipe at the north end of the hospital campus, near NE 50th Street. This work will require the removal of some trees. Noise from excavators, chainsaws and wood chippers will be generated between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days. Please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687 if you have questions.


Stormwater Pipe Repair and Tree Removal, April 21 to April 23

From Tuesday, April 21 to Thursday, April 23, a construction crew will repair a broken stormwater pipe at the north end of the hospital campus, near NE 50th Street. This work will require the removal of some trees. Noise from excavators, chainsaws and wood chippers will be generated between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on those days. Please contact Meghan Fuller, manager of Grounds Maintenance, at 206-307-6687 if you have questions.


Vegetation Pruning and Removal Along 45th Avenue on March 29

On Friday, March 29, Bartlett Tree Experts will prune and remove some dying arborvitaes along 45th Avenue NE. Chainsaws and chippers will be used, which will generate noise. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until 3 p.m.

Contact Lisa King at 206-510-8481 if you have questions.


Vegetation Pruning and Removal Along 45th Avenue on March 6

On Wednesday, March 6, Bartlett Tree Experts will prune and remove some dying arborvitaes along 45th Avenue NE. Chainsaws and chippers will be used, which will generate noise. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to last until 3 p.m.

Contact Lisa King at 206-510-8481 if you have questions.