Trees

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 »

Brush Collection - West Side

For the full schedule, see the City's Brush Collection page.

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Mon, 04/23/2012

Brush Collection - East Side

For the full schedule, see the City's Brush Collection page.

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Mon, 04/16/2012

50/50 Parkway Tree Program

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50/50 "Share the Cost" Parkway Tree Program

The City is again offering trees for planting in the parkways through its “50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program.” Please call the Public Works Office at 630.377.4405 to request a review of your parkway if you are inter Read more »

Arbor Day

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.
— Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
British physician (1654 – 1734)

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Tree Care: Watering Trees

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 »

Emerald Ash Borer

Recent Developments

Summer, 2010 - Since EAB was first discovered in St. Read more »

Public Trees

Tree City USA Logo 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 »

How do I report a fallen, damaged or diseased parkway tree or branch?

General Information

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 »

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