Tree Spotlight: Hop-hornbeam Ironwood

Under the botanical name Ostrya virginiana, Hop-hornbeam Ironwood is a local native to the Chicagoland area. Some facts about the species:

•     Height: 25 to 40 feet

•     Uses:  Shade,  ideal  for  parkway/streetscapes  as  this species is tolerant of road salt, dry  and/or alkaline soils

•     Leaf:  Alternate, simple deciduous leaves, 2 to 5 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide, medium to dark green in color with doubly serrate leaf margins and a pointed leaf tip Read more »

Spring Trees Arriving Soon

The Public Services arbor team is busy preparing to plant more than 600 new parkway trees and replacement trees in the City right-of-way areas. Spring planting will begin, weather permitting, in early April. Please note: Read more »

Tree Spotlight: Yellowwood

Our arbor staff has been working on diversifying tree species within the St. Charles urban forest.  Have you spied the yellowwood? Several have been planted as replacements for recently removed ash along Ashbrooke Court, Concord Court, Independence Avenue, and Tower Hill Drive.
The yellowwood (Cladrastris kentukea) tree is chosen for its excellent shade in a small to medium-sized landscape area. It also has deep roots, so other plants can grow easily underneath. It is native to North America.

2014 Brush Pick Up Schedule

East Side 
April 21
West Side
April 28
Brush (branches at least 3 feet in length and less than 12 inches in diameter) must be placed on the parkway, in front of your house (or along the frontage where refuse/recycling is collected), cut ends facing the street before 7 a.m. on Monday of the scheduled pick up (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday).

Tree Care: Right Tree in the Right Place

Proper tree selection and placement enhances property value, prevents costly maintenance trimming and lowers the risk of damage to your home and property, according to the International Society of Arboriculture.

Plan for Proper Planting Read more »

50/50 Parkway Tree Program Pre-order Approval Form

The  City  again  is  offering  trees  for  planting  in  the  parkways  through  its  “50/50  Parkway  Tree  Planting Program.” Please contact the Public Works department to request a review of your parkway if you are interested in participating. All requests must have an approved parkway review before an order will be placed. Please do not send payment at this time. Once approved, residents will receive a confirmation letter, approved order form, and details on how to order a parkway tree. Read more »

Public Works Fact

757 parkway trees were planted

by the City this fall.

Public Works Fact

5,000 Cubic Yards of Leaves Were Collected During the City’s 2012 Leaf Collection Program

Tree Care: Proper Mulching

Wood Mulch is a good source of nutrients and protection for your tree.  Once a year the mulch should be turned and new mulch added as needed.  Mulch should be applied from the drip line toward the trunk.  If this is not practical, minimum mulch circles should be 1.1 feet for small trees, 3.3 feet for medium trees and 9.9 feet for large trees.  As beneficial as mulch is, too much can be harmful.  The recommended mulching depth is 2 to 4 inches.  Mulch should not be piled up around the base or against the trunk of trees.  This is called a "mulch volcanoe". Read more »

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