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Tree planting tips for park strips

Article Published 10/03/2013

Fall is a good time to plant new trees. However, if you are considering planting any trees along the park strip, you should consider Layton City’s recommended tree list and be sure the trees you plant are appropriate in the long term for that location.
Residents often plant trees that are too big for the width of the park strip they are planted in, or the root systems of a particular tree have a tendency to cause sidewalk and curb damage.  
Trees need space to grow and if a large tree is planted in a small park strip, then it will be difficult for that tree to grow to maturity. 
Planting large trees in smaller park strips also encourages sidewalk lifting and damage.
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It is also important to note that if residents would like to further protect against sidewalk lifting, there are root boxes that can be installed at the time the tree is planted which force roots deeper and lessen the chance of them lifting any sidewalks. 

“We always encourage people to contact Blue Stakes of Utah (800-662-4111) before any digging to make sure there are no utilities in their park strip,” Andrew King, Layton City Planner, said.
Currently, however, Layton City does not have any standards that require trees to be planted a certain distance from driveways, mailboxes, water meters, or utility boxes.
Layton does have a requirement that requires tree branches to be pruned up to a height of 7 feet above the grade of a sidewalk and 13.5 feet above the grade of a street. 
Trees with a base wider than 2 feet should not be planted in clear view areas, which are areas close to driveways and intersections.

--In addition, trees that grow too close to power lines can cause outages, start fires or create other hazardous conditions.
To reduce the need for future pruning, be sure to choose an appropriate tree for the space (especially around power lines). Some things to keep in mind while planting:
• Low-growing trees (under 25 feet when mature) may be planted adjacent to overhead power lines.
• Plant tall-growing trees (over 25 feet when mature) at least 25 feet away from overhead power lines.
• Trees that grow taller than 35 feet when mature should be planted 50 feet away from overhead lines.
• Plant trees and shrubs at least 10 feet away from ground-mounted transformers.
• Locate underground utilities before planting. 
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