Property owners and the Park Department [(507) 328-2525] share responsibilities for the natural beauty of our neighborhoods. Here is how the partnership works:
Boulevard trees are generally planted by the city as finances would allow.
However the person who owns the property bordering the boulevard may obtain a planting permit from the Park Department and plant their own tree(s). The Park Department is responsible for the general maintenance and removal of dead boulevard trees. The bordering property owner is responsible for the ordinary care of the trees, such as watering, minor twig removal, and raking of leaves. Branches overhanging a pedestrian sidewalk should be no lower than 9 feet from the sidewalk and 14 feet clearance over the street.
Removal of dead trees from property is the responsibility of the property owner. If the property owner uses a tree service firm, the property owner should check with the Park Department to make sure that the tree service is licensed as required.
Grass and Weeds in Yards and Boulevards
Grass and weeds in yards and boulevards are to be kept less than 10 inches high. If violations are found by the Park Department, a notice will be sent to the property owner. If the property owner fails to comply, the Park Department will have the property mowed and will bill the owner. Exemptions are listed in section 48-04.
Natural landscape permits are available and required from the Park Department if the proposed landscape includes planting of native grasses that exceed 10 inches in height.
Property owners are responsible for the removal of diseased trees. (i.e.: Dutch elm, oak wilt, etc.) If the trees are not removed within 10 days of notice, the park department will remove the trees and the costs will be billed or assessed to the property owner.