Street Tree Program - Planting Instructions

Learn how to plant your new trees.

Below please find details on how to plant your new trees and how to care for them to ensure they grow properly at our home.


Trees should be planted in a hole at least twice as wide and one and a half times as deep as the root ball of the 15-gallon container. Good quality planting soil and/or soil amendment should be mixed 50/50 with the native soil when back-filling. The base of the tree trunk should not be below the surrounding soil level.



The tree should be supported with two or three stakes to avoid wind damage. Two support poles will be provided for each tree. A direction sheet will come with the poles.

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The tree should be watered deeply once a week during the dry season to prevent the tree roots from thrusting under and lifting the sidewalk.


Pruning and Care

Most of the trees listed need very little pruning or care. Some, however, may need pruning of the lower or interfering branches to help shape the tree in the early stages of growth. Crossing branches also may need to be removed occasionally.

Click here to download a PDF of the planting instructions outlined above.