City of Dayton residents (homeowners) have the opportunity to have a large shade tree planted for free. The City of Dayton has 360 2” caliper shade trees available. Once planted, the tree becomes the responsibility of the homeowner. Trees can be planted in the public right-of-way or front yard, near the right-of-way. All trees must be planted away from overhead utility lines to avoid future problems.
Once planted, the homeowner is responsibile for the tree care, watering, and maintenance. These 2” caliper trees require lots of water to get the roots established in your yard. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, “To thrive and survive trees require deep watering for the first two years after planting.” In this area it is generally recommended to water 15 gallons of water per week for two years during the active growing cycle (May to October).
City Arborist Michael Humston wants to remind you that trees improve the quality of life and are a part of the community character of Dayton: “The City has lost many trees due to age, past trimming practices, and the emerald ash borer. We need to take action now to replenish the trees we’ve lost. Trees offer many benefits including economic, studies demonstrate that trees increase property values 5-20% and reduce heating and cooling costs.”
All requests for trees must be received by the October 31, 2014. Planting will begin in November and all trees must be planted by the end of the year. See the trees that are available. There are a limited number of trees available so you are to sign-up early, you can apply here.