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Boulevard Tree Planting Criteria

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1100 Hamline Ave N
Saint Paul, MN  55108

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The following criteria are followed as closely as possible by Forestry staff when determining tree placement. 
  • Large, medium and small trees will not be planted closer than 40, 30 and 20 feet from each other, respectively, unless the shape of the tree warrants a deviation in spacing. If trees on private or public property are growing too close to a potential planting site that they will hinder the development of a new tree, then no new trees will be planted.
  • When planting beneath overhead wires, selection of species will be made to minimize interference with those wires and to reduce maintenance needs.  
  • No trees will be placed within 30 feet of a stop sign, traffic sign or traffic signal, nor within 15 feet of a street light.
  • New trees will not be planted within 5 feet of identifiable underground gas utility nor within 10 feet of an underground water utility.
  • New trees will not be placed within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, driveway or utility pole.
  • When possible, new trees will be planted near old stumps that have not yet been removed.  However, due to woody material underground this is not always possible and planting decisions are left to the discretion of the Forestry department.
  • No tree will be planted on a street that does not yet have street curbs.  When the public works department installs curbs tree roots can be damaged, and therefore Forestry waits to plant the area when curbs are installed.

For additional planting criteria refer to the Street Tree Master Plan selection criteria.
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