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 »

Students Dig Right In to Help Care for Langum Woods

Students from Haines Middle School learned about the value of natural areas and got a firsthand look at what it takes to care for our local parks on a recent day in May. The students pulled weeds, cleared pathways, removed fallen branches and brush, replanted displaced specimens and spread mulch at Langum Woods. The effort was coordinated by the St. Charles Tree Commission, St. Charles Park District and the City of St. Charles. 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 interested in participating in t 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 »

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