The Village of Homer Glen recognizes that trees are an important asset and add value to our community. Trees help us conserve energy, clean the air, protect rivers and streams, and provide a habitat for wildlife. Parkway trees add beauty to our streets and neighborhoods. To beautify the Village parkways and enhance Homer Glen’s urban canopy the Village has created a public parkway tree replacement program.
Parkway trees are Village property. Permission to remove a parkway tree must be obtained by the Village. If you have had a tree removed from the parkway adjacent to your property and would like a new tree planted as a replacement, please contact the Village Hall.
Watering – Slow and thorough watering around the tree stem is essential. In normal weather the tree should be watered every 4-7 days. When the weather turns hot and dry (above 80°), the tree should be watered every 3-4 days.
Mulch – A circle of much, 2-3 inches deep and 36 inches in diameter is placed around the tree. Residents do not need to add mulch the first year. Mulch should not be more than 3 inches deep and must be kept 4-6 inches away from the trunk.
Fertilizing – Trees should not be fertilized the first year. The new tree needs to establish a new root system. Fertilizers that contain Nitrogen may cause excessive top growth before enough new roots have grown.
Pruning and trimming – Due to transplant shock it is best to wait two years after planting to prune the tree, except for structural integrity. This will allow the tree to recover from root loss. The Village will arrange for tree trimming, when needed.