Planting Trees in Decorah

Posted: March 20, 2017 in Tree Board Resources

The City has specific requirements for property owners who wish to plant trees in the right-of-way.

What you do to your tree in the first few years of its life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span.  Follow these simple instructions and tips for how to handle, plant, and nurture a new tree.

It is clear that the choice of mulch and the method of application can be important to the health of landscape plants so consider these guidelines when applying mulch as the choice of mulch and the method of application are both important to the health of landscape plants.

After selecting the right tree for the site and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree. Proper pruning will save you money and give you safer, more beautiful, healthier, and easier-to-maintain trees.


Duties of property owners regarding right-of-way trees (from the Decorah City Ordinance):

  • Obtain a permit from the City Forester before planting a tree on the right-of-way.
  • Trim trees to a minimum clearance of 8′ over sidewalks and 14′ over streets.
  • Avoid planting trees and shrubs within 25′ of an intersection, 4′ of an alley, or 6′ of a driveway.
  • Plant trees at least 40′ apart on right-of-way.
  • Maintain the health of trees so they do not constitute a hazard to other trees, vehicles, pedestrians, or property.