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The Forestry Division may (by City Ordinance) condemn a private property tree if it is diseased, infested, or threatens the Public Right-of-Way (street) or Park. Private property concerns between neighbors are a civil matter. The Forestry Division suggests neighbors contact each other and work together towards a solution. If no solution can be reached, you may wish to contact an attorney.
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Planting season is April through May and October through November (after frost).
Pruning season is throughout the year except during planting months.
Tree cutting season begins December through June.
Below ground stump removals are typically done from June through November.
Yes, we do reseed, usually within 2 days.
Yes, we pick up the mess usually within a day.
If the tree is hitting you or your vehicle, a small branch can be pruned by the homeowner with a hand saw or hand pruner to remove the branch. Using chainsaws, ladders, power pole pruners and climbing up into the tree is prohibited.
All basal sprouts can be pruned by the homeowner. Small low branches that are touching you as you walk under them or branches that are touching a vehicle can be pruned by the homeowner with a hand saw or hand pruner to remove the branch. Using chainsaws, ladders, power pole pruners and climbing up into the tree is prohibited.
Trees can be pruned throughout the year except for Oak and Elm trees. Oak and Elm have a pruning ban from March 15 to October 15 as to prevent the spread of disease.
Oak and elm trees can be pruned October 16 through March 14.
If an oak tree is cut down during the pruning ban, they need to treat the cut surface with tree paint.
Alleys are private vegetation. The City is not responsible for maintaining the alley. Under City ordinances, you are responsible for keeping your tree/shrubs from growing into areas used by the public.
Utility Line Clearance is provided by WPS through Asplundh Tree Expert Company. Please contact WPS at 1-800-450-7260.
If a tree is small, (you can put your arms around it), an owner can treat/save the tree. There is an insecticide that can be picked up from a garden center like Home Depot to treat Emerald Ash Borer. A bigger tree can be saved by a treatment from a certified arborist. If a homeowner would cut down their private Ash tree, the wood can be put to the curb and Department of Public Works would pick it up.
The homeowner can have the wood except if it's an Ash tree. To deter the spread of Emerald Ash Borer, the wood should not be transported to other areas.
If the limb is not blocking the road and a firetruck can get through, it is not considered an emergency. These can be on a service request log and can be answered as soon as the Forestry crews can get to them. If the limb is considered a safety issue, the Forestry crew will address it accordingly.
The foresters will respond to requests by emergency storm damage requests first, City owned tree requests second and private tree questions third. The forester will look at the service request by evaluating the tree and putting a door hanger on the residence's door with instructions or a treatment plan. The forester will call the service requester back if needed and will try to answer most requests within two weeks.
A citizen would need a curb cut permit from the Department of Public Works; the forester would have to evaluate the tree that is being requested to be removed, the citizen may have to pay for the value of the tree that is removed.
There is no ordinance that states you can cut your neighbor's tree. We advise both parties to agree upon a solution.
Tree roots heaving sidewalks is evaluated by the Department of Public Works Engineering Division. Please contact Engineering at the Public Works phone number 920-448-3100.
Normally the pipe has to be replaced. This is usually caused from a cracked pipe that the tree roots grow into. The homeowner contracts a pipe replacement contractor. The contractor will identify the location of the pipe and call the Forestry Department to determine if the scheduled work will constitute a safety hazard for the contracted work. Forestry will work with the contractor to remove the tree if necessary.
Brush pile pick up is provided by the Department of Public Works Operations Division. Please contact Operation at 920-448-3535.