Visiting the lands with a forestry engineer – Solution

We are researching the “prescriptions” for the Bubueci parcels on a daily basis, analyzing precedents and speaking with various institutions that are engaged in the area of planting, such as national forestry agency. Quite a lot depends on their support, on the varieties of seedlings that they can offer, on the financial resources, on the attitude and involvement of local residents, as well as some other factors that we can or cannot influence.

However, a milestone in this process was put with the help of an invaluable consultation of Constantin Gajim, who is the President of the Nut Growers Association of the Republic of Moldova, and also a forest engineer.

  1. Eroded slope

Even without any complex analyzes you can see that this place bears signs of a very strong erosion; and the vegetation indicates that the soil is poor, clayey, humus having been washed away over the years. It is even possible that in the past some tree-planting events took place here, but the seedlings didn’t survive – most of what you can find here, apart from, surprisingly, Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica), is Russian olive (Elaeágnus angustifólia), dog rose (Rōsa), privet (Ligustrum) and robinia, or bastard acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia), which grow as they want and can, and some walnuts (Júglans régia) that are barely surviving.

The conclusion is that it is a problematic piece of land that certainly has to be rehabilitated through planting – and primarily with those species that grow or could grow there by themselves, through seedlings and seeds:

  • Russian or “wild” olive (Elaeágnus angustifólia)
  • elm tree (Úlmus) – sometimes it has a contagious illness, but all in all it is an easily growing and self-spreading plant, and we could take the seedlings from a grove on the way to the Bubueci, where young elms grow way too thickly)
  • Turkestan elm (Ulmus pumila celer)
  • Asian sumac, or ailant (Ailanthus altissima)
  • Gleditsia or Honey/thorny locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
  • black pine (Pinus nigra) or its subspecies, Crimean pine (Pinus nigra subsp. pallasiana) – they are perfect for such an environment.

The fruit forest options are:

  • sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
  • chokeberry (Arónia melanocárpa)
  • dog rose (Rōsa)
  • Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) – more of this wonderful plant!
  • hawthorn (Crataégus monogyna)
  • hazel (Corylus avelana), but in the moister spots
  1. Former landfill

The determinative words by Mr. Constantin: “Guys, here you can plant anything!”

In spite of the associations that might arise in connection with waste and places where it is gathered, this piece of land has a great potential. The jungle of weeds and thorns that we observe here is the evidence to the fact that the soil is rich and fertile, and has enough moisture. The trash, of course, is going to persist as one of the specific factors of the area, but our apprehensions about it have been worse than the reality. In truth, the problem is much smaller, as the landfill is already old and doesn’t contain as many toxic substances as the modern ones. We will have to do something about the pieces of trash that come out at the top, but otherwise…

The combination of soil, relief and the small lake that is found under the hill can result in a picturesque place, even an informal recreational area. It can turn into a beautiful pine forest or a grove of walnuts and linden… you can already find some sturdy poplars (Pópulus), spiraea (Spiraea) and wolfberry (Lýcium bárbarum, or Goji). Whatever the final decision will be, the idea is not to plant in straight rows, but in groups of trees and shrubs of different species.

  1. Plain near to the stadium

In this case, we need to plan for some land upgrading (removing garbage at the very least) and protection against goats, but otherwise it is a very good place for linden (Tilia) and Turkish hazel (Coryllus colurna). These species can serve as a basis for a park, something much needed in this place bereft of shadows (something that you can notice even on a cloudy day, while looking for a tree that could serve as a shelter when it begins to rain).

The relief, most probably, will have to remain the same.

  1. School park

It lies beside an important street and just left of the lyceum building; however, the presence of garbage and some scattered and mostly miserable trees indicate the lack of care that this area faces. It is something very basic – to water the seedlings from time to time, as they strive to grow on the top of a hill; to remove dead branches and extra shoots…

One of the most essential rules, however, that apparently had not been respected, is the correct way of planting – it is important to avoid as much as possible roots’ exposure to the air, both before the planting and when you put the seedling into the soil (you should consolidate it by trampling and watering), to cover the immediate area around the tree with mulch… all of those are having a decisive effect on the future life – or death – of a tree.

We hope that in our actions we will be able to avoid these mistakes and also have time and energy necessary to come and care for what had been planted before us. Moreover, we are planning to add more trees and shrubs to this area, in order to transform it into a truly green area, recognized and appreciated by the community.

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