Trees

Arbor Day 2015

City of St Charles NewsThe City of St. Charles’ Tree Commission invites you to join in the celebration of Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in Lincoln Park on Main Street, west of Route 31. This annual event features something for everyone – music, art, a tree raffle, tree care demonstrations, and educational material for homeowners. 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.

Watering Your Newly Planted Parkway Tree

Do you have a new parkway tree and have questions about watering it? Every new parkway tree the City plants receives a gator bag to help with watering the tree. 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 to see if it is moist will tell you if the tree needs water.
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