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Tree Guidelines

November 3, 2017 -

Couples Tree Guidelines

Couples that want to start a family need to prepare for a tree-to-ground connection, and it is highly recommended that couples plan their tree in advance.

1. Choose your trees:

Select a tree that grows in your area. Northern Hamel and linden are examples of trees that are available for the United States.

Make sure to select a tree that is on the list of trees compatible with the city tree ordinance. Trees that are a hazard to people or that take too much water are not permitted.

Keep in mind your location. Choose a tree that is well-tolerated and not likely to cause harm to the property.

Do not remove a street tree unless there is a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed. You can ask permission to take down a hazardous street tree by calling the Public Works Department at 513-383-8000.

2. Have your tree installed:

If you are purchasing a tree in a nursery, make sure the nursery sells your tree with the proper pruning schedule, if any, attached to the package.

Make sure the tree is rooted before going to your local park and garden center. Ask the park’s staff if the tree has a “rooted” tag on it.

Ask the nursery worker for a rough idea of the size of the tree trunk. Trees with a diameter of eight inches will be easier to install than a larger tree.

Take tree measurements with a tape measure. Make sure to take the measurements at the base of the tree, and not in the upper part of the tree canopy. The height measurement must be in the uppermost part of the tree, about 15 inches above the branch tip.

Make sure your tree is not in a freezing rain zone. Trees with a frost pocket diameter of 10 inches and larger may freeze to the ground, and will not grow or produce fruit.

Make sure that your tree is between four and eight inches in diameter. That is how large you want the trunks to grow when your tree is fully grown. Trees that grow to be between eight and twelve inches can cause a hazard and are not recommended for most people’s homes.

3. Secure your tree:

Secure the trunk of your tree with lumber or “tie wires.” Tie wires are inexpensive and can be cut to fit around the tree trunk. You can also purchase trees with tie wires already attached.

Make sure the length of the tie wires does not exceed one-half of the diameter of the tree. There should be a 6 to 8 inch gap between the trunk of the tree and the tie wire. Make sure the tie wire does not go through the bark of the tree.

When in doubt, call the public works department to make sure your tree has been properly wired.

4. Prepare your tree hole:

Remove any weeds or grass from around the tree’s trunk and bring the hole to the park department’s yard. Remove grass, leaves and debris from around the tree hole before placing your tree.

Mark the tree hole. The depth of your tree hole is determined by the type of tree. The diameter of the tree hole is determined by the diameter of the tree. Ask the parks department what type of hole to use.

Fill the hole with two to three inches of concrete (This is done to anchor the tree).

5. Plant your tree:

Bring a watering can or hose to keep the soil moist around the roots. Make sure the area around the tree is not over watered. Trees should not be watered when they have leaves, flowers or fruit.

Tree holes should be potted in a few days after planting, so that the hole is large enough for the roots of the tree to spread.

Stake the tree, and wait three to six months to see if your tree needs a stake.

Trees may need a stake if they are in a windy area, are in a cold area or have large diameter roots.

Do not push or touch the roots of your tree with a stake or iron.

Make sure the tree is planted firmly.Too much space between the tree trunk and the ground may result in rot.

Make sure the ground is not sloped too steeply around the tree trunk. The trunk of the tree may be damaged by high water or high winds.

If your tree has a long narrow shape, avoid placing it at a steep slope. Also, make sure to avoid trees that are growing close to sidewalks and driveways.

6. Check your tree regularly:

Check your tree in late winter for the start of new growth. Leaves, flowers and fruit appear in the spring.

Check the overall health of your tree in the spring. Is the trunk beginning to swell? Are there new shoots from the ground near the trunk? Is the trunk hollow? Do you see any insect damage? If you find insect damage, contact the parks department at 513-381-8000.

Check your tree in the summer. Does it appear to be beginning to drop leaves? Is the foliage turning yellow? Do you notice cracks in the trunk? These may be signs that your tree is in trouble.

Check your tree in the fall. Does it look like it is growing to its full potential?

Keep an eye on your tree. Regular check-ups