2011 City Street Tree Applications Due April 8
At no cost to residents of Colorado Springs, the City Forestry Division is collaborating with the Colorado Tree Coalition for the 2011 street tree planting program. Residents who would like a street tree planted in front of their property may fill out the attached application. A City Forestry representative will then inspect the site and mark the curb to indicate the best planting locations. There is usually room for a street tree if there is 25 to 35 feet between current street trees. To apply for a tree, please return the attached form by April 8, 2011. Residents are required to pick up and plant their own street trees. Planting and watering instructions are provided at the time of pickup.
Available trees include: Hedge Maple*, Ruby Red Horsechestnut, Hackberry, American Yellowwood, Ginkgo, Kentucky Coffeetree, Goldenraintree*, Coralburst Crabapple*, Cleveland Select Pear*, Swamp White Oak, Bur Oak, English Oak, Northern Red Oak, Japanese Tree Lilac*, Greenspire Linden, and the Valley Forge Elm. (The Valley Forge Elm comes as a bare root stock which requires special planting instructions.) Click here for a list of street trees suitable to Colorado Springs and descriptions of the tree species listed above. (*Smaller trees suitable for planting in small spaces or under powerlines.)
Everyone knows that trees provide us with beautiful landscapes, can camouflage unsightly views, and provide privacy, but did you also know that they:
- Keep our air fresh by supplying the oxygen that we breath and absorbing the carbon dioxide that we exhale and are emitted by factories and engines. Some trees also trap and filter out dust and pollen on their hairy leaf surfaces.
- Save energy. Trees are natural air conditioners - they lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves. Trees can also reduce home heating and cooling costs. Large, broad-leafed shade trees are most effective shading the east and west windows from summer sun while keeping south-facing windows open to the winter sun reduces the need to heat in winter.
- Act as barriers, which cuts down noise pollution and slows down strong winds.
- Stabilize soil and prevent erosion. Trees also absorb stormwater, which keeps pollutants our of our waterways.
- Provide food and shelter us from direct sunlight on hot summer days.