Tree Care and Maintenance


The City owns and maintains all the Aurora parkways trees. City crews prune trees when necessary throughout the year. Trees are pruned to improve the overall health, structure, aesthetic appearance, and for safety reasons.

Lower branches are removed for vehicular clearance and improved visibility.

If there is a problem or concern with a parkway tree, please call Customer Service at 630-256-INFO (4636).

Newly Planted Trees

Post-planting care is critical in the first 3 years after planting.  Proper watering, mulching and trunk protection are key components of after-planting care. 


- We ask you to take responsibility for watering your parkway tree as needed, especially during the hot summer months.

- Lack of water is the primary cause of death in newly planted trees.

- Water your tree twice a week in the early morning or evening when evaporation rates are less.

- Soaking is better than more frequent short watering.  This helps the tree develop deeper root structure and provide for stronger anchor roots.

- Gator bags slowly and continuously water trees over several hours; refill bags every 5 to 7 days.

Mulch around your tree:

-Use only wood mulch no more than 4 inches deep, and do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk.

-Organic mulch will decompose, providing nutrients your tree needs as well as keeping the soil from drying out as fast.

-Do not use lava rock or decorative stone, as these will absorb daytime heat and wick moisture out of the soil.

-Avoid volcano mulching or piling mulch around your tree.

Private Property Trees

The City of Aurora encourages residents to plant trees on their property and to properly maintain trees as they grow.

Quick LINKS to resources about tree care:
     Hiring an Arborist PDF (English)
     Contratar a in Arbolista PDF (Spanish)

Trees are Good (link)