The newly planted trees on the Reeperbahn / Spielbudenplatz in Hamburg are in a very poor condition. This has led to press reports in the city accusing the authorities of squandering 660,000 euros on planting of the trees.
The oaks and maples in particular have predominantly dry, dead foliage. As a result of the frailty of the trees, the leaves of the maple have been attacked by a fungus (probably Tar Spot, Rhytisma acerinum).
On 28 June 2006 all 105 trees of the newly planted row were treated by Hermann Grewe GmbH - Garten- und Landschaftsbau of Rotenburg (Wümme) with WALDLEBEN.
The press noticed this too: "Bild" on 29.06.2006
State of the trees on 11 July 2006, i.e. just 2 weeks after treatment:
During the intervening two weeks it was very hot and dry for the most part. The World Cup fan fests on the Heiliggeistfeld and the Spielbudenplatz / Reeperbahn, hosting over 70,000 visitors, certainly also had an effect. In spite of regular watering, the stress was thus fairly substantial!
Nevertheless: with the exception of 2 of the 105 trees, which were entirely devoid of leaves and completely dried out prior to the treatment, all trees are now showing clearly recognizable signs of recovery. The badly shrivelled leaves of the trees are being shed, while the inner, less damaged leaves are once again a vivid green.
The first photo shows a recovering Columnar English Oak, while the second shows the leaves of the oak in detail.S
State of the trees on 24 August 2006, thus approx. 2 months after treatment:
The shrivelled leaves of the trees have now largely been shed. The fresh leaves are once again a vigorous, dark green.
The first photo gives an overall impression of the row of trees. The second shows the oak featured above in detail during treatment.
State of the trees on 18 July 2007, thus more than 1 year after treatment:
The fresh and vivid green looks like the problems of the last year have never taken place.