Hazard Tree Replacements - Summer, 2015 The Urban Forestry Division is replacing hazard trees throughout the City this summer. Forestry crews will plant replacement trees in the spring of 2016 at sites where the property owner has agreed to water and care for the new trees.
The trees selected for removal have reached the end of their natural lifespans and/or show significant die-back or damage to more than 50 percent of the tree. In this weakened condition, the trees represent an unacceptable risk of injury or damage to citizens and their property.
Most people realize dead trees should be removed as soon as they are detected. But living trees also can be a threat to life and property. A tree can look green and somewhat healthy while suffering from disease, root failure, internal decay, cracks and the like. A living hazard tree has one or more defects that decrease its structural integrity and increase the probability it will fail. The Urban Forestry Division identifies and corrects hazardous situations created by defective trees.
Adjacent property owners have been notified about the removals and informed of the options for tree replacement. For more information about the hazardous tree replacements, phone Urban Forester Chris Boza at 552-6270.
How can I prevent boulevard trees from becoming a hazard? The most important thing you can do for boulevard trees adjacent to your property is to water them. Mature trees need a minimum of 2 inches of water per week during their growing season (May to October) to stay healthy, maintain their vigor, and provide necessary food to sustain themselves. If rainfall during the week does not supply enough water, you should make up the difference. Learn more
Proper pruning can make a difference in a tree’s health and longevity. The Urban Forestry Division prunes trees on a block-by-block basis, or, homeowners may obtain a permit to hire a certified arborist to prune boulevard trees adjacent to their property. Call 552-6253 for more information.