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Parkway Trees - Removal and Replacement by the City - Text Only

The Process

  1. Inspection - Trees will be inspected by a City of Naperville, ISA Certified Arborist. If removal is necessary, the inspecting arborist will leave a hang tag at the property's front door. The tree is placed on the removal waiting list.
  2. Removal - The tree will be cut semi-flush to the ground by a DPW crew or contractor. All brush and debris will be hauled away.
  3. Grinding - The stump may be marked with a flag. The City will cordinate JULIE locates to identify any buried utilities. Once you see utility locating (colored paint and flags), the stump should be ground within 14 days, weather permitting. A stump grinder will grind up the stump and any large roots. The excess woodchips will be removed.
  4. Restoration - Top soil and grass seed will be used to restore the area where the stump was ground.
  5. Selection - The hang tag will indicate whether the tree is eligible for replacement and whether the homeowner can choose the replacement. If eligible, the hang tag will list a website, password and deadline for the homeowner to select the replacement tree.
  6. Planting - The homeowner is responsible for marking the desired planting location. The planting contractor will JULIE locate the site prior to planting.

Tree Replacement Explained

What trees will be replaced?

If a tree is removed and there is sufficient growing space both below and above ground, then the tree will be replaced.  

Naperville’s planting standards require parkway trees to be:

  • 30 to 40 feet from other parkway trees
  • 10 feet from driveways, alleys, fire hydrants, or utility poles
  • 5 feet from gas, water, electric, communication, and sewer lines
  • 30 feet from corner property lines
  • Centered between curb and sidewalk

Who chooses the replacement tree?

Trees in front of single or multi-family homes can be chosen by the homeowner. Trees in front of apartments, businesses, along medians or behind properties are chosen by the Department of Public Works.

What species are available?

Species options are determined for each site from a number of factors:

  • Unique site requirements (e.g. overhead power lines)
  • Species diversity requirements
  • Planting season (some trees can only be planted in the spring)
  • Availability from the nursery

How do I choose my replacement tree?

  • Visit the City’s Tree Selector App. (Coming Soon!)
  • Enter the password provided on the tree removal hang tag and then follow the prompts.
  • Choose a replacement tree online by the deadline on the hang tag. If no response is received online, a tree planting packet will be sent to the address to give the homeowner a final chance to select a replacement tree species.
    • Deadline for spring planting: February 1 of each year
    • Deadline for fall planting: July 1 of each year

When will my tree be planted?

  • Trees are planted twice a year, spring and fall.  Your tree will be planted during the next available planting season.
  • The hang tag indicates a deadline by which you must choose a replacement tree. February deadlines are for the spring planting season (May-June). July deadlines are for the fall planting season (October-November).
  • The following trees are available only during spring:
    • Red Oak
    • White Oak
    • Bur Oak
    • Chinkapin Oak
    • Sawtooth Oak
    • English Oak
    • Ohio Buckeye
    • Bald Cypress
    • Tuliptree
    • London Planetree
    • Japanese Tree Lilac
    • Magnolia
    • Redbud
    • Serviceberry
    • Crabapple

Post-Planting Homeowner Responsibilities

As a homeowner, your responsibility to the tree does not end once it has been planted. Post-planting care is critical in the first 3 years after planting. Proper watering during the growing season, mulching and trunk protection are some of the key components of after-planting care.  Please refer to the US Forest Service's Tree Owner’s Manual for detailed information on post planting care.

I have sprinklers in the parkway, will this be a problem?

The City makes reasonable efforts to avoid damaging sprinkler systems but on occasion the stump grinder may hit the line unintentionally. If the sprinkler is damaged during planting, the planter will fix it immediately.

Who calls JULIE?

Under Illinois law, the person doing the digging is responsible for contacting JULIE for locates at least 48 hours prior to the start of work.

I just got my hang tag, when will everything happen?

See steps 1-5.

Should I stake my tree?

Staking is usually unnecessary.  If your tree does start leaning from a storm or wind, the City will stake the tree. The resident should remove these in one year to avoid trunk girdling.

My brand new tree has already died, what now?

Please call the Department of Public Works at (630) 420-6095 to report this. The trees are under warranty from the nursery for a one year period. The City will have your tree replaced as soon as possible.