Instructions for Care of New Township Trees

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Newly planted trees need special care until they are established.

 

 

TREE STAKES

Tree Stakes help support newly planted trees. The Township will remove the stakes after the trees have been in the ground for 1 year. During that period, please do not remove or adjust the stakes.

MULCH

All Township trees are mulched after they are planted. Mulch helps to conserve soil moisture and reduce the growth of weeds. Over time, the mulch will break down. Residents are encouraged to replace the mulch, as needed. A 2-4 inch layer of mulch should be applied in a saucer formation around the tree. Mulch should not be piled around the trunk of the tree… it can kill the tree.

WATERING

Water is critical for the success of newly planted trees. During periods of hot dry weather, new trees will need to be watered. Fill the tree saucer twice with water, 3 times per week.

PRUNING

Please do not prune the tree. If the tree is damaged by wind or ice, please call the Township Arborist,  at (610) 667-1590, ext. 240.

PROTECTION OF TREE TRUNK AND BARK

Please do not hit the tree with a lawnmower, weed wacker, or other gardening tools. This may damage the bark and the trunk of the tree making the tree susceptible to disease, which will weaken and eventually kill the tree. The Township also requests that you not nail street numbers or bird houses into the tree trunk.

If you have any questions or concerns about the tree(s) that has been planted in the right of way on your property, please call the Township Arborist at (610) 667-1590, ext. 240.