“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
The trees of Salt Lake City provide a wealth of meaningful benefits. From cleaning our air and reducing the amount of energy we consume, to increasing property values and framing our City’s identity, the trees of our urban forest quite simply make Salt Lake City a better place to live and work.
The City Council embraces trees as a treasured and essential amenity, and has identified urban forestry as one if its priorities for 2015.
Some Salt Lake City residents and property owners may not realize that they play an important role in improving and maintaining the health of the City’s urban forest. While the City’s Urban Forestry Program is responsible for most major maintenance and service to City trees, park strip street trees rely on adjacent property owners to provide water, mulch, fertilizer, and to prevent damage from landscape maintenance equipment.
With the goal of maximizing the many benefits of our City’s trees, the Urban Forestry Program provides the following services:
Gator bags conserve water by providing a slow release watering system for newly planted trees. Wrap the bag around the tree trunk, fill the bag with water, and zip it up. Fill the bag up with water once or twice a week. Gator bags promote deep root growth, eliminate runoff water, provide deep water saturation, and reduce water. Available at garden stores or online.
Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. If a neighbor’s tree impacts another property, this is considered a civil matter to be worked out between neighbors. Property owners should also take corrective measures if a tree on private property impacts the public way or has a diseased or insect infested tree that may impact City trees.
Rocky Mountain Power provides tips regarding correct placement and selection of trees when power lines are overhead. Always call 811 to contact the free underground utility locating service in your area at least 48 hours before digging. Never attempt to prune trees located near power lines, call Rocky Mountain Power at 888-221-7070 [source: rockymountainpower.net].