East Main Street to be Closed Starting on Monday 6/28

Decorah, IA (June 24, 2021)

The City of Decorah is notifying residents that East Main Street between State Street and Linn Street will be closed starting on Monday, June 28th.

The closure is to allow for completion of the 2021 East Main Street Improvements Project. The entire project is expected to last between three and four months.

Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

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Pole Line Road Bridge to be Closed Starting on Monday 6/14

Decorah, IA (June 10, 2021)

The City of Decorah is notifying residents that the Pole Line Road Bridge between US Hwy 52 and College Drive will be closed starting on Monday, June 14th.

Detour routes will be set up on North College Drive and Valley View Drive/5th Avenue.

The closure is to allow for removal and replacement of the bridge. The entire project is expected to last approximately three months.

Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

Valley View Drive to be Closed Starting on Friday 4/23

Valley View Drive to be Closed Starting on Friday 4/23

Decorah, IA (April 21, 2021) – The City of Decorah is notifying residents that Valley View Drive will be closed starting on Friday, April 23rd. The street will be closed between Highway 52 and the 5th Avenue/Pulpit Rock Road intersection. The closure is to allow for the contractor to start work on the Valley View Drive Improvements Project and is expected to last for 4-5 weeks.

Please call the Street Department at 563-382-2157 with any questions.

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Free Boulevard Tree Giveaway

Decorah, IA (April 14, 2021) 

The City of Decorah is announcing a free boulevard tree giveaway for residents within the City. The City has been gifted 50 trees from the Winneshiek Energy District with the goal of improving the City’s urban canopy. The trees will be planted by volunteers through the Winneshiek Energy District and the City of Decorah Tree Board. The trees range in size from eleven (11) inches to twenty (20) inches in height. Available species include Hackberry and Swamp White Oak. Hackberry trees are fast growing (24” or more per year), have a mature height of 50’-70’, a mature spread of 40’-70’, and yellow color in the fall. Swamp White Oak trees grow at a medium rate (12”-24” per year), have a mature height of 50’-60’, a mature spread of 50’-60’, and a yellow-brown color in the fall. Trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, while also taking to account species diversity.

If you are interested in receiving a tree for your boulevard, please contact City Forester, Sam Hogenson at 563-277-5153 or by e-mail at cityforester@decorahia.org and your boulevard will be assessed to ensure setback requirements are met.

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Yard Waste Reminders

No Yard Waste in Street, Yard Waste Site Extended Hours

Decorah, IA (April 1, 2021) – The City of Decorah is reminding residents that yard waste cannot be deposited in City streets or alleys. This includes leaves, grass clippings, branches, etc. The City’s annual leaf pickup program will take place in the fall.

With spring rains on the horizon, it is important to keep the streets and gutters clear of yard waste. Leaves, debris, and other yard waste like grass clippings can clog up storm sewer intakes and pipes which can lead to localized flooding.

For City of Decorah residents, yard waste can be taken to the City’s Yard Waste Site on Trout Run Road which is currently open seven days a week during daylight hours. Residents are reminded that only yard waste can be deposited at the City’s Yard Waste Site. Other items such as lumber, landscape fabric, flowerpots, or other waste is prohibited.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 with any questions.

 

Spring Tree Pruning

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2021 0324 Tree Pruning Press Release

Early Spring a Good Time to Prune Trees

Decorah, IA (March 24, 2021) – Early spring is an ideal time to prune your young trees, according to the Decorah Tree Board. Proper pruning will help prolong the life of your trees by reducing the risk of breakage as the trees grow. Pruning will also help your trees develop attractive, symmetrical shapes. Tools that are useful for pruning young trees include hand shears, loppers, and pruning saws. Make sure your tools are sharp so you get a clean cut and do not crush or tear the branches you are pruning.

Here are some tree pruning tips:

  • One of the most important things to remember when pruning a tree is that trees cannot heal Trees can only seal wounds so any wound you create will be with that tree for the rest of its life.
  • Wound dressing is not recommended to seal wounds on trees. Research has shown that wound dressings may actually harm the tree. Only apply a wound dressing if you must prune an oak tree during oak wilt season (April through July).
  • Remove any branches that are dead, broken, or rubbing against other branches.
  • Prune to maintain a central main stem that is as straight as possible and taller than the tree’s side branches. Remove or shorten any branches competing with this stem.
  • Remember that the branches attached to the main stem (trunk) will eventually become the main limbs of the tree. These main limbs should begin around ten (10) to fifteen (15) feet from the ground. All lower branches should be considered temporary for proper trunk development and to make street and sidewalk clearance easier to maintain. Select the strongest and sturdiest ones, and prune away competing branches. Make sure the branches you select are well-spaced along the main stem, with only one branch at each level. Favor branches that form a wide angle with the main stem, as these will have the strongest attachments.
  • When pruning a branch off, do not leave a stub! Always remove the entire branch, but take care that you do not sever the thickened, collar-like area at the base of the branch, as this is crucial when the tree begins to seal its wound. Improper pruning cuts are more likely to lead to pest infestation, disease, rot, or even tree death.
  • Be careful when removing large branches, so they do not break before you are done cutting them, tearing the bark as they fall and creating a large wound. Cut such branches with a 3-step process as shown in the accompanying diagram.
  • Do not prune oak trees from April through July as wounds made at that time will attract the beetles that spread oak wilt disease.

When hiring a contractor for tree work, it is important to hire someone who is qualified for the job. The City of Decorah recommends an ISA Certified Arborist for any tree work. Credentials generally mean a more professional and qualified individual is doing the work.

For more information, please contact City Forester Sam Hogenson at 563-277-5153 or by e-mail at cityforester@decorahia.org. Additional information is also available on the Decorah Tree Board website at https://www.decorahia.org/tree-board.

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Free Tree Guards

Decorah Tree Board Offering Free Tree Guards

Decorah, IA (October 26, 2020) – During the fall and winter, wildlife can severely damage young
trees. Deer browse the twigs, rabbits and small rodents eat the bark at the base of the trees, and
deer rub their antlers on the trunks of the trees. Antler rubbing, which removes the bark and vital
tissue underneath, is a special threat at this time of year.

To assist property owners in protecting young trees planted in boulevards, the Decorah Tree Board
is offering free tree guards while the supply lasts. The guards are made of sturdy plastic and are
wrapped around the trunks of the trees, providing a barrier that discourages deer from rubbing and
rabbits from eating the bark.

To request tree guards, contact the Tree Board by e-mail at treeboard@decorahia.org.
Please note that the tree guards are only available for trees planted in boulevards along Decorah
streets.

Property owners can also make their own tree guards using hardware cloth, chicken wire, or fencing
material. Deer rubbing usually occurs at a height of 1 to 4 feet, so homemade guards should extend
to a height of at least 4 feet. When fabricating a guard, remember that rabbits can climb on
snowbanks and eat the bark as far as they can reach.

Please contact the Street Department at 382-2157 or City Hall at 382-3651 with any questions.