Planting Programs and Maintenance
Tree Planting Programs
City offers two free Tree Planting Programs: block planting and planting
by request. Generally, with either program, only one tree species is designated
per block. When power lines or other utility constrains exist, a second
tree species may be designated for these areas. The standard nursery stock
tree is in a 15-gallon sized container. Property owners may upgrade to a
larger tree in a 24"
boxed container by paying $85. The upgraded tree is usually about
1/3 larger and two to four years older.
This program is co-funded and co-sponsored by CityTrees, a
non-profit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life
in Redwood City through a coordinated program of tree planting, maintenance
and education. Tree planting events are held on selected blocks and every
available planting site receives a new tree. If the residents cannot water
the tree, city personnel will water the tree for the first two years, until
the tree is established.
Planting by Request:
Property owners may also request new street trees – trees along the
public-right-of-way. Redwood City offers two planting program opportunities,
one in spring and the other in fall. To be eligible for these free trees,
the resident must commit to watering the tree(s) for the first two years
after planting. When a simple watering agreement is signed and returned
to Public Works, the tree(s) will be scheduled for the next planting
Tree Maintenance Policies
City personnel maintain approximately 18,000 street trees and 15,000
park trees. Due to the magnitude of the inventory, the most critical and
high priority work is scheduled first. Redwood City is shifting the majority
of the limited pruning resources to a block pruning approach. Block pruning
focuses on areas where a large number of trees need pruning. It can be up
to 50% more efficient than pruning individual trees in different areas,
because of the costs of travel time, mobilizing and setting up equipment.
This method greatly reduces the time (and expense) required per tree pruned.
Certain types of trees are targeted for pruning only during specific
times of the year. These trees are generally not pruned at other times unless
a high-risk situation exists. For example:
- Monterey Pines are pruned between October and February to minimize
the potential infestation by bark beetles. Bark beetles are usually
dormant during these months.
- Elm trees are also pruned from fall through spring. The Elm bark beetle
is usually dormant and the potential for spreading the Dutch Elm Disease
Pruning by request will be available on a limited basis when a high-risk
situation exists, such as to remedy clearance issues, dead or weak limb
removal and in response to storm damage. Public Works also works
closely with the park maintenance staff to maintain the park trees.