Last fall our beautiful city was hit with hurricane force winds that sadly damaged or destroyed thousands of our trees. The beauty of any city is significantly defined by its trees and we all share in what trees add to our neighborhoods and city. Other cities that lost trees in that storm are encouraging citizens to take this opportunity to replace lost trees with judiciously chosen trees that work best in our location and have historically weathered winds better than others. Click on the link below for a list of recommended trees that the arborists on the City Tree Board have created.
Also, the City Tree Board would like to share some information you may find beneficial as you care for your trees that sustained damage in the storm:
Prune off dead and damaged branches with a clean cut .
Plan on major pruning or reshaping trees in the spring.
Regarding trees lost in the park strip, the current city ordinance says new trees cannot be planted in park strips that are less than 4 feet wide. However, replacing those trees in your front yard where they can freely grow and beautify is encouraged. Again, check the link below to access the city tree ordinance.
We hope this is helpful. If you have questions you can email the City Tree Board and we will respond. Yes, trees require maintenance and intentional investment, but the payoffs are SO worth it to a home, to a street, to a neighborhood, and to a city!
The Tree Board has researched which trees will work well in Centerville and offers these suggestions to you. Please keep the city code in mind when planning your landscaping, especially along park strips and under powerlines.