Caring for Parkway Trees Planted this Fall

Did you receive a new parkway tree this fall?  Newly planted trees need minimal care during the winter months.

If your new tree has a green “gator bag” around the trunk of the tree, the City will remove the bag for the winter. Do not water the tree after the gator bag has been removed.  You may resume watering twice per month next summer.

Finally, please ensure the wood mulch that has been placed around your tree is away from the base of the truck by several inches.  The mulch should be 2 – 4 inches in depth and flat, not mounded.  Read more »

Winter Tree Care for your Yard

Winter brings extreme temperatures, icy winds and plenty of snow. Just as people are challenged by winter weather at this time of the year, so are trees, with one important difference: trees can’t avoid exposure to the elements.

Watering Newly Planted Trees

Did you receive a new tree in the parkway in front of your home this spring? The City works to minimize transplant shock for new trees and promote healthy plantings in several ways:

• New trees are planted with the trunk flare a few inches above grade. The trunk flare is where the trunk expands at the base of the tree. This point should be partially visible after the tree has been planted. If the tree is planted too deep, new roots will have difficulty developing because of a lack of oxygen. Read more »

Fall 50/50 Parkway Tree Program

The City again is offering trees for planting in the parkway this fall for the “50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program.” Contact  the  Public  Works  Department to request a review of your parkway  if you are interested. Parkways must be reviewed  and approved  for planting before an order will be placed. Please do not send payment now. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation letter, order form, and details on how to order. Orders must be placed by Aug. 1, 2014. Read more »

Caring for Newly Planted Trees

Did you receive a new parkway tree this spring? The City works to minimize transplant shock for new trees and promote healthy plantings in several ways: Read more »

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).
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