The Village is lined with more than 24,000 parkway trees. In our efforts to keep trees healthy and vigorous, trees are trimmed on a five-year cycle. Approximately 5,000 trees are trimmed every year. The Village hires a contractor to complete the tree trimming program. The Public Works Forestry & Grounds Division oversees these operations. The trim sections for this year are located on the highlighted areas on the map above. Parkway trees in these locations will be pruned in 2020.
Regular maintenance of parkway trees helps to prevent issues such as: structural defects, deadwood, low branches, sight obstructions, disease, and it also prolongs the life of the tree. There are many long-term benefits of the tree trimming program. Additional information on tree pruning can be found on the Village's Tree Trim Information sheet.
Residents who have concerns about trees not in the current year’s trim cycle should contact Public Works. Village crews will address these issues separately and on an individual basis. Other trees in need of maintenance pruning will be completed by Public Works crews.
Parkway Tree Planting Options
The Village of Mount Prospect will continue to plant parkway trees in Spring and Fall of 2020. The Village’s tree replacement program now entails replacing every tree that is removed, as long as spacing requirements are met. The Village is currently one season behind when it comes to replacing trees. Trees removed in the fall of 2019 will be replaced in the spring of 2020, and so on. Additionally, the Village will continue to plant new trees in available planting sites, and also replace trees removed prior to the current policy of one for one replacement. With the help of citizens and property owners, the Village will continue to plant as many replacement trees as possible this year within the Village’s existing planting budget.
A 2013 study by Urban Forestry LLC staff noted that trees provide Mount Prospect with multiple benefits, including oxygen production, filtering pollution, slowing storm water runoff, increased property values, and much more. The Village urges concerned citizens to consider participating in one of the following parkway planting options in 2020.
Reforestation/Replacement Parkway Planting
All trees for the reforestation / replacement planting program will be 2” to 2½” diameter trees hand-selected from several nurseries by Village staff, planted and guaranteed for one year by a contractor. Village staff visit a number of different nurseries each year to ensure the best selection, high quality, and a diverse mix of species each season. Tree availability is still very much dependent on area demand, which continues to be high in the aftermath of EAB. Species availability and sizes vary by season, depending on nursery stock. Also, certain species of trees are spring dig only, and thus will not be planted in the fall planting season. A suitable planting site must be available in order to plant a replacement or new tree. Residents can check with the Public Works office for available trees species by season. Requests for specific species should be made by March 1st for spring planting, and August 1st for fall planting.
The following trees are generally what is available by season:
Spring – Multiple varieties of Oak (Red, Swamp White, Chinkapin, Scarlet, Bur) and disease resistant Elms (Frontier, Valley Forge, Accolade), London Planetree, Ginkgo, Dawn Redwood, Bald Cypress, Tuliptree, and Black Tupelo.
Fall – Catalpa, Kentucky Coffeetree, Hackberry, Linden, Crabapple, Tree Lilac, Honeylocust, and some varieties of Elms.
In addition to the trees listed above, the Village will try to procure additional species when they are available. (Generally, trees listed for the fall can be also be planted in the spring season if available.)
Planting By Permit
Property owners can also beautify Village parkways by planting trees on their own, but only with an approved Village permit. Planting permits are available through the Public Works Department at no cost. All Village code requirements must be met, including having a suitable planting site, planting a minimum 1 ½” diameter tree, and choosing a species approved in the Village Code. Note that “suitable planting site” means that certain minimum conditions are met, such as spacing between trees and required distances from utilities, driveways, etc. Once the completed permit application is approved, the tree can be planted. Property owners should be aware that all trees planted on public property, regardless of who did the planting, become the property of the Village. The Village will assume responsibility for the future care and maintenance of these trees.
Private Property Tree Planting
If you have any questions concerning the programs described above, please contact the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640 or email.
Easy Spring Tree Care
Raking and gathering debris that has collected beneath trees is a great place to start with your spring cleanup. Removing fallen twigs, leaf litter, and fruit is especially important for trees that are susceptible to fungal diseases. A good example would be Norway Maples leaves that had black leaf spot last season. After your cleanup is done, you can move on to doing a visual inspect of your trees. Look for any damage that has occurred over winter, split limbs, broken branches, and deadwood. Now would be a great time to repair that damage, and prune deadwood. A Certified Arborist should be contacted when taking care of your larger trees or bigger jobs not suited for the homeowner.
Spring is also a great time to fertilize trees before they enter the growing season. Fertilizing not only replaces nutrients, but also helps improve a trees resistance to insect and disease damage (see product label for specific timing). Preventative insecticide applications, for insects such as Emerald Ash Borer and many other early season insects, should be done at this time. Mulching is another item that is sometimes forgotten in the spring. Applying mulch secures the organic matter beneath the soil surface, conserves soil moisture, and controls weeds when applied correctly. Aim for a three (3) inch layer around trees, but not piled against the trunk. Mulch piled against the truck holds moisture and heat, which can create a point of entry for diseases. Mulching the area directly beneath the tree is one of the best things you can do for the health of your trees.
Finally, and often forgotten about is watering trees. In spring, trees use stored energy to push out new growth. Watering, when spring rains aren’t adequate, can help start your tree off to a healthy growing season that can continue all season long. Focus your watering on the critical root zone, which is the area directly beneath the tree, from the trunk to the furthest branch tips. Deep watering thoroughly, at least one (1) time a week, with the hose running at a trickle for a few hours will do wonders. This practice will moisten the soil rather than soak the soil and have the water run off the surface. A slow trickle allows the water to penetrate the ground, to roots that can be as much as 18 inches below ground.
Following some of these simple guidelines, will help ensure the enjoyment and benefits of your trees for years to come.
Please contact the Public Works Forestry/Grounds Division at 847-870-5640 with any tree care questions.
An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. An arborist is knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
ISA Certified Arborist List
|Services That Arborists Can Provide:
Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed. An arborist has the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees. Removal is recommended when the tree
- is dead or dying
- is considered irreparably hazardous
- is causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning
- is crowding and causing harm to other trees
- is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
- is located in an area where new construction requires removal
|Emergency Tree Care
Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on other trees, homes and other structures, or cars. The weight of storm-damaged trees is great, and they can be dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist can assist in performing the job in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.
Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend types of trees that are appropriate for a specific location. The wrong tree in the wrong location could lead to future problems as a result of limited growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth.
Many arborists also provide a variety of other tree care services, including:
- Plant Health Care, a concept of preventive maintenance to keep trees in good health, which will help the tree better defend itself against insects, disease, and site problems
- Cabling or bracing for added support to branches with weak attachment
- Aeration to improve root growth
- Installation of lightning protection systems
- Spraying or injecting to control certain insect and disease problems
Selecting the Right Arborist for the Job
When selecting an arborist:
- Check for membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). Such membership demonstrates a willingness on the part of the arborist to stay up to date on the latest techniques and information.
- Check for ISA arborist certification. Certified Arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care.
ask for proof of insurance and then phone the insurance company if you are not satisfied. A reputable arborist carries personal and property damage insurance as well as workers compensation insurance. Many home owners have had to pay out large amounts of money for damages caused by uninsured individuals claiming to be tree experts. You could be held responsible for damages and injuries that occur as a result of the job.
- Check for necessary permits and licenses. Some governmental agencies require contractors to apply for permits and/or to apply for a license before they are able to work. Be sure they comply with any local, state, provincial, or national laws that govern their work.
ask for references to find out where the company has done work similar to the work you are requesting.
- Don’t hesitate to check references or visit other work sites where the company or individual has done tree work. Remember, tree care is a substantial, long-lasting investment; you would not buy a car without a test drive!
- Get more than one estimate, unless you know and are comfortable with the arborist. You may have to pay for the estimates, and it will take more time, but it will be worth the investment.
don’t always accept the low bid. You should examine the credentials and the written specifications of the firms that submitted bids and determine the best combination of price, work to be done, skill, and professionalism to protect your substantial investment.
- Be wary of individuals who go door to door and offer bargains for performing tree work. Most reputable companies are too busy to solicit work in this manner. Improper tree care can take many years to correct itself and, in some cases, it can never be corrected. Are you willing to take that risk with your valuable investment?
- Keep in mind that good arborists will perform only accepted practices. For example, practices such as topping a tree, removing an excessive amount of live wood, using climbing spikes on trees that are not being removed, and removing or disfiguring living trees without just cause are unnecessary.
get it in writing. Most reputable arborists have their clients sign a contract. Be sure to read the contract carefully. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, such as
- When will the work be started and completed?
- Who will be responsible for clean-up?
- Is this the total price?
- If I would like more to be done, what is your hourly rate?
What Is a Certified Arborist?
An arborist by definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. It operates without mandate of law and is an internal, self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.
Certification is not a measure of standards of practice. Certification can attest to the tree knowledge of an individual but cannot guarantee or ensure quality performance. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.
Be an Informed Consumer
One of the best methods to use in choosing an arborist is to educate yourself on some of the basic principles of tree care. ISA offers several other brochures in this series, which discuss many of the basic principles of tree care. Your local garden center, extension agent, or city arborists are also excellent sources of information if you should have further questions. They may also be able to refer you to an ISA Certified Arborist in your area.
E-mail inquiries: email@example.com
(c) 1998, 2004 International Society of Arboriculture.
UPDATED JULY 2005
Developed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a non-profit organization supporting tree care research around the world and is dedicated to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees. For further information, contact:
ISA, P.O. Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826-3129, USA.
© 2007 International Society of Arboriculture.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2005
*Notes added by Village of Mount Prospect May 8, 2007.
*Although we cannot recommend a tree care company, we can provide a list of tree contractors that have successfully worked for the Village upon request. Call Public Works at (847) 870-5640.
*If you are hiring someone to apply pesticides on your property, make sure they have a valid Pesticide License issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA). You can call the IDA’s Bureau of Environmental Programs, (217)-785-2427, to check a license status.