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 »
— Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
British physician (1654 – 1734)
Trees grow best when soils are moist to a depth of six inches. As a rule of thumb, it takes one inch of water to wet six inches of soil. Most of our soils have a lot of clay so they are very slow to absorb water (0.1 to 0.25 inches per hour). Contrary to popular belief, running the sprinkler system on your lawn won’t give your trees the water they need. It’s best to take a drip or soaker hose and coil it under the dripline of the tree. Read more »
Summer, 2010 - Since EAB was first discovered in St. Read more »
The City of St. Charles Streets Division maintains all trees in the right of way or the area commonly known as “the parkway.” The parkway is the area between the sidewalk or lot line and the curb. Read more »
The City of St. Charles Streets Division maintains all trees in the right of way or the area commonly known as “the parkway.” The parkway is the area between the sidewalk or lot line and the curb.
The City has every right-of way tree inventoried by size, location and species. The City inspects, monitors, trims and fertilizes as needed. The City also has a pest management program if appropriate and approves removals when necessary. Read more »