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Franklin TN Trees Murdered

Healthy Trees at Right, Dying Trees at Left on Gillespie Dr in Franklin TN

Healthy Trees at Right, Dying Trees at Left on Gillespie Dr in Franklin TN

Who or what in Cool Springs is killing trees on Gillespie Drive in Franklin Tennessee?

Gillespie Drive in Cool Springs is lined with beautiful mature trees that give a “boulevard” type feel to the street.  Alara Farms, Alara Cool Springs and Alara Brook apartments are the only properties located on Gillespie Drive in Franklin.  The three complexes total about 1200 upscale apartments.

Some time ago several people noticed several trees losing bark at the base.  Over the next month or two, they had lost enough bark that the trees soon died.

Trees were quietly removed and stumps ground down.

It happens just a few at a time and only on the South side of Gillespie Drive.

Of the 27 trees on the South side of Gillespie Drive, 7 are dead and have been removed, 9 are dying and only 11 appear to be healthy.

At first people thought RAM Partners, the property management company in charge of the three Cool Springs apartments located on street, may have been reconfiguring the streetscape.

I spoke with Skip Johnston, one of the property managers with RAM Partners at Alara Farms and he said they were not purposefully removing the trees.  Skip mentioned Alara Farms and RAM Partners were also very concerned as to why the tree on Gillespie Drive in Cool Springs are dying.

“Beautiful tree lined Gillespie Drive is one of the signature amenities Alara Farms is known for”, Skip said.  Not to mention the huge cost in replacing mature trees.

The landscaping company contracted by RAM Partners to maintain the street was not able to determine why the trees are dying.

A resident passed by while I was documenting the tree carnage and mentioned another neighborhood in Cool Springs that also had a mysterious landscaping assassin killing trees.  The passerby thought that neighborhood was maintained by the same landscaping company responsible for Gillespie Drive as well as most of Cool Springs.

We are contacting the landscaping company responsible for maintaining Gillespie Drive to see out what their analysis of the tree killing on Gillespie Drive is.  Hard to believe a cause cannot be determined, whether it be human or mother nature.

Throughout the Cool Springs area, beautiful streetscapes are everywhere you look.  Property owners pay into a general fund that maintain the always green and perpetually blooming streetscapes.

What is the annual contract value for the Cool Springs streetscape landscaping services?

We’re interested to find out.

Any forensic arborists in Cool Springs, Franklin or Brentwood TN who would like to shed some light on the situation?

27 Trees on South Side of Gillespie Drive in Cool Springs (Tree 1# is closest to Alara Farms and Tree #27 closest to Carothers Pkwy)

1. Alive
2. Alive
3. Alive
4. Dead
5. Alive
6. Dead
7. Dead
8. Dead
9. Dead
10. Dead
11. Dead
12. Dead Soon
13. Dead Soon
14. Alive
15. Dead Soon
16. Dead Soon
17. Alive
18. Alive
19. Dead Soon
20. Dead Soon
21. Alive
22. Dead Soon
23. Dead Soon
24. Alive
25. Dead Soon
26. Alive
27. Alive

  • coolsprings

    I spoke with Skip again later in the day and more information has surfaced regarding the trees. Turns out it has to do with the company who originally planted the trees 13 years ago. Skip said the problem now is “canker” and something to do with the trees being improperly planted or something way back when triggered the canker.
    I looked up canker and its a term used to describe a dead area or blister on the bark and branches of the infected tree. It is a fungi or bacteria and there are no effective chemicals available to control what causes it.

  • coolsprings

    I spoke with Skip again later in the day and more information has surfaced regarding the trees. Turns out it has to do with the company who originally planted the trees 13 years ago. Skip said the problem now is “canker” and something to do with the trees being improperly planted or something way back when triggered the canker.
    I looked up canker and its a term used to describe a dead area or blister on the bark and branches of the infected tree. It is a fungi or bacteria and there are no effective chemicals available to control what causes it.