DEARBORN – Residents who are in need of some eye-catching greenery for their property may soon order affordable trees that will be planted on the easement in front of their home. Online ordering will begin on Aug. 25.
Trees provide for more attractive neighborhoods, reduce energy consumption and support a healthy environment, according to a city of Dearborn press release.
The program is open for Dearborn residents only.
Trees in 2020 cost $185 plus tax; the supply is limited.
Beginning Aug. 25, residents can place their 2020 order through the Department of Public Works at 313-943-2107 or by going to www.cityofdearborn.org.
Residents can choose from an assortment of trees that meet the American Association of Nurserymen standards and are zone hardy.
This year’s tree options are: Cleveland Pear, Columnar Hornbeam Tree, Copper Beech, Crimson King Maple, Eastern Redbud, European Beech, Pink or White Flowering Cherry, White Flowering Dogwood, Ginkgo, Greenspire Linden, Hackberry, Hybrid Elm, “October Glory” Red Maple, “Red Sunset” Red Maple, “Autumn Blaze” Red Maple, and Zelkova.
Homeowners can suggest a planting location, but city personnel will have final approval.
The area between resident’s sidewalk and curb must be a minimum of four feet wide to accommodate a tree. Public Works officials will decide if there is adequate space in the easement of a property owner’s home for a tree. Multiple trees may be ordered if correct spacing is available.
Trees will be planted by a contractor and have a one-year warranty. Planting generally begins in October and should be completed by the end of November. The contractor is responsible for planting, mulching, staking, pruning, watering and cleanup at the time of planting. Residents will be responsible for maintaining the health of the trees through regular watering.
At the end of the first year, the contractor will provide a final inspection and remove tree stakes and bracing.
Residents will be billed by the city after tree planting is complete, usually in early December.