Tree Plantings

There are many things to consider when choosing to plant a tree.

The site selection and species are important to the success of the tree planting project. The growing conditions including soil drainage, sunlight, space available, existing trees and plants and utilities are just a few conditions to consider.

There are proper ways to plant a tree. You don’t just dig a hole and put it in the ground. There are a few techniques to follow to ensure the longest possible life for your new investment. The benefits to having a healthy shade tree are numerous when planted properly.

Proper care and maintenance throughout the life of a tree helps maintain its health. Such activities include mulching, watering, monitoring, and pruning.

For more information, contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Tree Planting on Public Property in the City

No person shall plant, move, trim or remove any tree in any street parking, boulevard, park or public place in the City without first obtaining a written permit from the City Forester.

The application for a permit shall be accompanied by a plan or drawing which should include to be of definite scale:

*the property of the applicant and property where the tree is desired to be planted;

*the species and location of each tree proposed to be planted and the species and location of those trees already existing in the parking;

*the location of any fire hydrant, utility poles, street light pole and/or mailbox or other obstructions located upon the street parking


The City Forester must approve the application for permit prior to the homeowner planting the tree(s). The permit issued shall be to plant trees in strict compliance with the terms and provisions of the City Code. The City Forester has the authorization to revoke the permit at any time and all trees planted pursuant to the permit may be removed by the City without liability to any person for the removal.


Prohibited species of trees and shrubs (this list may be updated anytime):

The following varieties are prohibited for use on city streets in Mason City:

American Elm-Elm species that are certified to be disease resistant may be planted.

Birch – River Birch, White or Paper Birch, etc.

Black Locust

Box Elder

Catalpa

Chinese or Siberian Elm – Elm species that are certified to be disease resistant may be planted.

Cottonwood

Ginkgo (female only)

Hawthorn – except thorn less variety

Mulberry, Common

Poplars

Russian Olive

Silver Maple

Sumac

Willow

Common Fruit Trees

Ash

Trees bearing large nuts, i.e. walnut, hickory, butternut

Conifers (evergreens)

All species of shrubbery, except as provided in Section 5-3-10B of the City Code


Permitted species of trees and shrubs (this list may be updated anytime):

Oak

Linden

Locust – excluding Black Locust

Hackberry

*Hard Maple

Gingko – (male)

Kentucky Coffeetree

Elm – Elm species that are certified to be disease resistant may be planted

Hawthorn – (only thornless varieties allowed) to be used when overhead utility wires are present and the parking is more than ten feet

Japanese Lilac – to be used when overhead utility wires are present and the parking is more than ten feet

Tatarian Maple - to be used when overhead utility wires are present and the parking is more than ten feet

*Hard Maple – allowed but not recommended due to over population of maples at this time and the susceptibility to the Asian Longhorn beetle that feeds on and kills maples


You still need approval from the City Forester to plant the trees even if they are on the list of permitted species of trees.


Property owners that intend to hire a professional tree contractor shall ensure the contractor has a license to perform this service in the community. The license is issued by the City Clerk’s office. Contact the Clerk at (641) 421-3600 for a list of licensed tree contractors.


REMEMBER TO CALL IOWA ONE CALL AT 1 (800) 292-8989 TO LOCATE ALL BURIED UTILITIES BEFORE PLANTING A TREE.


Questions? Contact the City’s Street Division Supervisor at (641) 420-1999.

 

       
       
       
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