Small tree care is a key component of the street tree program. The Forestry Program staff includes a dedicated Tree Care Specialist position that is responsible for the planting, pruning, and watering of young trees. This position is supported by a grounds maintenance worker and part-time hourly staff.
Approximately 200-300 new trees are planted every year along City streets. Trees are planted in empty tree wells and when trees are lost due to age, disease, or weather. The small tree care program ensures that the City maintains and enhances the urban forest. To avoid problems over the long term, young trees require care for at least three to five years. Staff trains the tree to correct naturally occurring defects and develop the canopy clearance needed for trees adjacent to the roadway.