Street Tree Information
Each pruning section is pruned once every 8 years
This systematic pruning assures the trees are maintained in a safe and healthy condition
Street trees are planted in the spring and the fall. To help maintain tree health, please check out the After Planting Care flier for additional information.
Our Foresters will look for and remove:
Limbs that hang low over the street or sidewalk
Limbs that brush against buildings, street lights, traffic signs and signals
Dead or weak limbs
Congested interior branches
The benefits from this pruning are many:
The trees will be healthier and better able to withstand wind and ice storms
The trees will be safer from vehicle damage
The trees will be less likely to cause property damage
The trees become stronger
Our Forester may do an emergency pruning or other urgent tree work on a case-by-case basis following an inspection. Often times, these issues can be deferred to the planned pruning cycle program. Storm damaged trees receive top priority that will be addressed outside the pruning cycle.
Private tree companies work under contract for the City do the majority of the city's street tree pruning. They are required to follow tree-pruning guidelines developed by the National Arborist Association. These are the accepted standards of the Tree Care Industry.
Check out additional resources:
Shading our City
Shading our City: The Urban Forestry Management Plan is now available on-line.
Shading Our City is intended to provide a framework for ensuring that the trees and forests of our City are appropriately cared for according to our community goals.
2019 Street Tree Application Information
Thank you for your interest maintaining our city’s tree canopy. The Street Tree Application is now AVAILABLE: 2019 Street Tree Application Information. The yearly application deadline is July 1st.
You can check out the approved list of trees: http://www.fortwayneparks.org/images/PDF/2019_CM_Approved_List.pdf
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