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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »