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:
With the promise of warmer days approaching, the Public Services arbor team 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 approximately 100 trees to be planted!
New trees are planted in several phases.Some reminders:
The mission of this Urban Forestry Management Plan is to outline goals and industry best management practices for the City of St. Charles' urban forest. The environmental and aesthetic benefits of the tree population will be maximized, while risk and costs are minimized in a financially and programmatically sustainable manner by the year 2040.
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 volcano".
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 this program.