Spring Trees Arriving Soon!

With the promise of warmer days approaching, the Public Works Department is busy preparing to plant new and replacement parkway trees in the City right-of-way. Weather permitting; Spring Planting will begin in early April with more than 200 trees to be planted! 

New trees are planted in several phases, please be aware of the few reminders below Read more »

Tree Conservation Areas Code Amendments

If you live in one of these subdivisions, you need to be aware of recent amendments to Chapter 8.30 of City Code, “Tree Preservation on Private Property,” that regulates Tree Conservation Areas on your property:

• Red Gate Units 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8

• Tradition of St. Charles

• Woods of Crane Road

• Kingswood & Kingswood Units II & III

• Majestic Oaks

• Willowgate

• Woods of Delnor

• Woods of Fox Glen Units 1 & 2

• The Royal Fox Read more »

Your Trees Need Health Check Ups Too

Winter is a good time for a health check-up for your trees, while they are dormant and without leaves. Please consider taking some time to examine your trees for signs of stress.

Think Spring! 50/50 Parkway Tree Porgram

It’s not too soon to start planning for spring planting. The City again is offering the “50/50 Parkway Tree Planting Program” that shares the cost of planting a new tree in your parkway. 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.      Read more »

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 »

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 »

Remember to Fill the Gator Bags

Summer is waning, but the weather has remained hot and dry. You may want to check your gator bags to see if they need water. Every new parkway tree the City plants receives a gator bag to help with watering. The City will fill the gator bag initially when the tree is first planted, but asks that residents fill the bag thereafter. If your parkway tree appears thirsty, please fill the gator bag no more than once every two weeks, as long as we have not had significant rainfall.
A quick check of the soil underneath the mulch will tell you if the tree needs water.
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