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Tree Planting

Parks Operations staff planting a city-owned tree on the
residential boulevard in front of a local home

Did You Know?

  • The city owns a strip of land along the front of every titled property, usually for the purposes of utility location.  This is called a boulevard.
  • Residential boulevards are ideal sites to plant city trees, since they have been shown to survive and grow better than trees in parks or along major roadways.
  • Boulevard width varies depending on where in the city your property lies, so it's worth confirming before you start any projects! 

What Can I Do To Help?

  • Parks Operations asks that homeowners do not interfere with their boulevard tree with regards to any pruning, spraying, fertilizing or removal operations as per Section 22 of Bylaw C-504 (PDF, 31 KB).
  • However, during dry spells these trees benefit greatly from supplemental watering.  If no significant rain has fallen in the past month, turning your garden hose to a trickle and letting it soak the ground for one hour in a few different places over the tree's root zone will help it continue to grow and thrive.
  • Directing your downspout or sump pump hose at the root zone of the tree is another option to provide extra water.  However, in these situations the tree must be monitored closely during rainy spells to ensure it doesn't drown.
  • Many homeowners like to plant flowerbeds around their trees, which usually helps with supplemental watering.  However, piling soil or mulch against the trunk of a tree can eventually cause rot and decay, so we ask you to please pull extra soil or mulch back so they are not laying directly against your tree's trunk.
  • CALL don't CUT! The best thing a homeowner can do for their trees is to call Parks Operations at 780-830-5018 if they have concerns about the health of the boulevard tree. 

The Benefits to You

When a tree is dropping leaves or seeds on your lawn, you might ask yourself why we have them in the first place!  There are many concrete benefits to having a healthy boulevard tree in front of your home, such as:

  • Providing shade for vehicles and homes
  • Increasing  property values on your home and in your neighbourhood
  • Providing habitat and food to wildlife and birds
  • Absorbing air pollution and blocking dust and wind

Residential boulevard trees are usually healthier and live longer than trees in parks and along roads. This is typically because of the extra water and nutrition they receive from the homeowner's landscape care.  Parks Operations thanks homeowners for helping to grow Grande Prairie’s urban forest!

An Example of Boulevard Width Differences

You can see an example of different residential boulevard widths in a typical neighbourhood and the city-owned trees (red arrows) in the picture below. 

  • The blue-arrowed trees are within the parcel boundaries of the homeowner and the homeowner may prune, remove or replace them as they wish. 
  • The red-arrowed trees, however, are owned by the city and are part of our tree inventory.  Any pruning, removal or replacement must be assessed and decided by the city, not the homeowner. 

This diagram also clearly illustrates how boulevard widths can change within a short span of distance.  Within the space of one block, the grassed residential boulevard in front of these homes decreases from 5 meters (at point A) through 2.8 meters (point C) down to 1.3 meters (point B). 

CALL don't CUT!  Please double check your residential boulevard width before commencing any tree planting, removal or modification in your front yard!

City-owned Trees on Boulevard

Last updated: 6/20/2017 9:49:47 AM