Trees: Enhancing Public Spaces and Honoring Memories

Are you looking to make a lasting impact on your community while commemorating a special person or event? Look no further! At Tips Tree Planting, we believe that trees have the power to transform public spaces and create a sense of beauty and tranquility. Through our Memorial Trees and Park Benches program, you can make a generous donation that will grace the City of Marshalltown’s public areas for decades to come.

Memorial Trees and Park Benches: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

The City of Marshalltown welcomes donations for our Memorial Trees and Park Benches program. This unique opportunity allows you to honor a special person or mark a notable event while beautifying our public spaces. Our dedicated parks staff will handle the physical planting of trees or placement of benches, and the City will ensure their continued maintenance. It’s a win-win scenario that benefits both your community and your cherished memories.

Enhancing Safety and Beauty in Right-of-Way Areas

Maintaining the health and safety of trees in right-of-way areas is crucial. The right-of-way area refers to the city-owned easement between the property line and the edge of any street, road, or boulevard, including the sidewalk if present. To ensure proper tree planting in these areas, a Tree Planting Permit is required. Our Parks and Recreation Department staff will assess the location, tree species, area utilities, and growth ratio to space before granting approval for planting.

If you have concerns about an existing tree in a right-of-way area, such as disease or damage, you can report it online or contact us at (641) 754-5715, Ext. 1. Using our Hazard Tree Rating System, we will rank and evaluate the concerns. The results will be provided to the property owner, along with the appropriate course of action. Our evaluation results may recommend pruning, removal, or even taking city action for removal if the tree is a prohibited species or improperly planted.

Recovery and Assessment after the August 10, 2020 Derecho

Following the devastating August 10, 2020 derecho, our team assessed right-of-way trees based on FEMA criteria. We identified and removed trees with dangerous branches, indicated by red numbers. Trees marked with yellow numbers were also removed as they met FEMA guidelines for removal (missing more than 2/3 branch canopy, a split trunk, or leaning more than 30°). Thanks to FEMA public assistance, 85 percent of the tree removal costs were covered. However, please note that FEMA funds are not available for stump removal. We have budgeted Road Use Tax funds for stump removal, which will be completed in 2023. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.

Tree Planting on a City Right-of-Way: Guidelines and Procedures

If you’re considering planting a tree on a City Right-of-Way, there are a few important steps to follow. First, you will need to obtain a Tree Planting Permit. Along with the permit, provide a diagram or map of the proposed planting site. Before planting, contact Iowa One Call to locate and mark any potential utilities in the area. Once you have received the permit and notification of completed Iowa One Call utility markings, our team will review the proposed planting site. We will then notify you via email regarding any required adjustments or the approval of the proposed site.

Tree Pruning: An Essential Practice

Proper pruning is crucial for the health and well-being of trees. If you are unsure about why, when, and how to prune, we recommend seeking guidance from the Sustainable Urban Forestry Training and Assistance (SUFTA) program. They provide valuable information on the importance of pruning and offer assistance to ensure you do it correctly.

Join Us in the Journey of Tree Planting

At Tips Tree Planting, we firmly believe in the power of trees to enhance public spaces, honor memories, and create a sustainable future. Join us in our mission to make a positive impact on the environment and community. Visit our website Tips Tree Planting to learn more about our programs, initiatives, and how you can actively participate in the journey of tree planting.

Remember, by planting a tree today, you are shaping a better tomorrow for generations to come. Let’s make our world a greener, more beautiful place together!