The Forestry Division is responsible for the planting and maintenance of all city trees located in public right-of-ways referred to as street trees. They also are responsible for all the trees in the parks.
Please learn more about our street tree program and Arborist, Aaron Lehnert!
Tree Survival Guide Tips
Try these helpful hints for maintaining tree health and find out more in our Tree Survival Guide (PDF).
Set a garden hose at a slow trickle moving the hose around the base of
the tree for 15 minute increments in at least 4 different locations
(about an hour duration). A watering of once per week should be
Spread mulch near trees. It helps prevent evaporation from the soil and prevents water from running when the ground is hard.
Pay particular attention to trees on boulevards near construction zones. Road work can stress a tree.
Bigger trees in yards also suffer from stress. Water a larger tree with
a sprinkler. Set out a coffee can near the tree. When the can has an
inch of water in it, turn off the sprinkler. A watering of once per week
Community Roots Program
Although the department has a long history of tree planting to honor, commemorate or memorialize individuals, a formal program (PDF) is now in place.
Honoring Loved Ones
Members of the community can now honor and celebrate a family member,
friend or work associate by planting a tree in a city park on their
behalf. Forestry staff will assist in selecting a beautiful site and an
appropriate tree, suitable for the occasion and the individual to be
honored. Trees will be purchased, planted and maintained by the forestry
Cost & Planting Season
The cost of the tree is set annually by the Parks, Recreation, and
Forestry Board. Family members can coordinate with staff to be notified
of the date of planting. Our fall planting season runs early October