Tree planting program under way

DEARBORN – Residents can order trees that will be planted on the easement in front of their homes.

The city encourages the planting of trees as a way to keep neighborhoods attractive, reduce energy consumption and support a healthier environment.

Each tree costs $175 plus tax, and the supply of trees for the program is limited. Trees range in size from 8 to 10 feet in height and are sold on a first come, first served basis through city’s Department of Public Works.

Residents can choose from an assortment of trees. Each species offered meets American Association of Nurserymen standards and is zone hardy.

To place an order or to request a selection guide, residents can call 943-2317 or go to www.cityofdearborn.org.

This year’s selections include: “Ivory Silk” Japanese Tree Lilac, “Green Vase” Zelkova, American Hornbeam, “Brandywine” Red Maple, Corzam or Corinthian Linden, Golden Rain, American Yellowwood, Ginkgo Tree/Maidenhair Tree, “Lustre” Allegheny Serviceberry and Sugar Maple “Legacy”.

Homeowners can suggest an easement planting location, but city personnel will have final approval.

The area between resident’s sidewalk and curb must be a minimum of four feet wide to accommodate a tree. DPW officials will decide if there is adequate space in the easement of a property owner’s home for a tree. Multiple trees may be ordered if correct spacing is available.

Trees will be planted by a contractor and have a one-year warranty. Planting usually takes place in late April and should be complete by the end of June. The contractor is responsible for planting, mulching, staking, pruning, watering and clean up at the time of planting.

At the end of the first year, the contractor will provide a final inspection and remove tree stakes and bracing.

Residents are responsible for maintaining the health of the tree through regular watering.

Residents will be billed by the city after tree planting is complete, usually in July.

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