Have a tree that has been planted by the County?
If you would like the county to inspect a tree that they have planted, please submit a request by calling 311 (MC-311 call center) so that there is a formal record of the request in the Country’s system. Once they receive a request, an arborist will usually be out within 3-4 weeks or earlier to inspect the tree(s). Then, the arborist will leave a door-hanger specifying the result of the inspection (tree will be removed/tree will be pruned/no maintenance required at this time etc.).
As for street tree care – during the winter it is not necessary to water newly planted trees. Once spring comes, the arborist recommends watering the trees at least twice a week during weeks where there is no rainfall. The arborist mostly wants residents to water the trees during the hotter summer months, especially during July when we routinely have a drought. The arborist recommends watering 10 gallons per session, or by leaving the hose on at a trickle overnight if able (to imitate slower rainfall). Once the trees are established, all future maintenance is the county’s responsibility.
How to Mulch a Tree!
Please read this important flyer on How to Mulch a Tree. Many homeowners are doing it wrong and this could result in a sick or dead tree – certainly one that will not be flourishing.
Another important resource can be found here.