Wausau Wisconsin

Parks

September 24, 2017

Boulevard Trees:
1. I have a problem with a boulevard tree in front of my residence; what do I do?
The park department maintains the trees located on the city right of way within the City of Wausau city limits. Call the Park Administrative Office (715) 261-1550, or E-mail if you notice large dead limbs, limbs obstructing sidewalks, roadways, your driveway, or traffic signs.  An Urban Forestry staff member will assess the situation, make a determination and advise the adjacent property owner of anything that can or will be done.

2. Can I prune my boulevard tree?
No. City ordinance prohibits homeowners from pruning boulevard/right-of-way trees. Contact the Park Office if your tree is in need of pruning.

3. A boulevard tree is marked for removal. When will it be removed?
If a tree is marked for removal, our tree crew or a private contractor may be performing the removal. A marked tree may not be removed immediately. Typically, trees are removed in groups, as this is the most efficient use of personnel and equipment groupings. Our crews may be removing the entire tree and leaving the stump for a later date, or the tree may have the branches removed and the log left standing for a period of time until specific equipment is available to remove the large wood.

4. Can I keep the wood from a boulevard tree removed at my residence?
Yes, the property owner has the option of keeping the wood. Wood from removed trees is left as is and will not be cut to firewood length. ***Be sure to check state and local ordinances prior to moving firewood.

5. My boulevard tree was removed. When will the stump be ground?
As with tree removal, stump grinding may be done by our crew or by a private contractor. We make every effort to grind stumps in a timely manner, however stumps are a low priority in our work schedule. The stump grinding is a process that involves contacting the utility companies to mark the underground utilities prior to work. As with tree removal, this work is done in groups, as this is the most efficient use of personnel and equipment.

6. When will the stump in my boulevard be cleaned up?
After the stump has been ground, the material is typically cleaned up within a few days. The grindings will be hauled and the hole will be filled with soil and re-seeded. On rare occasion, during the clean-up process, it is realized that we may need to return to grind a portion of the stump that was missed.

7. Can I pick the species of tree that is planted in my boulevard?
No. Tree selection is done by the City Forester. There are many variables that influence what species of tree may be planted.

8. When will the new tree be planted?
Our crew performs tree planting in the spring and in the fall. Trees planted in the spring are ordered in the winter and trees planted in the fall are ordered in the summer. The start and end times of planting are weather dependent and also depend on when our suppliers are able to deliver trees.

9. What can I do to care for my boulevard tree?
A properly maintained tree can provide years of benefits; shade, aesthetic beauty, habitat, reduce storm water runoff, carbon sequestration, etc. You can help your tree by providing adequate water during prolonged dry periods. Newly planted trees require heavy, infrequent watering. Additionally, the mulch that is added after planting provides nutrients to the tree and should not be removed or piled against the trunk.  Weed whips and mowers can cause severe injury to tree trunks. Please avoid contacting the trunk with any equipment.  If you feel your tree requires any maintenance contact the Park Office (715) 261-1550.

10. I’m concerned about Emerald Ash Borer. What can I do?
The following link contains information regarding Emerald Ash Borer. If you suspect your tree has EAB contact the Park Office.  Protecting your tree from Emerald Ash Borer