Street Trees and Sidewalks
Forestry Division plants street trees in the tree lawn. The tree lawn is the City easement along public streets that is typically between the curb and the sidewalk. Trees are planted at no charge to the adjacent property owner by the Forestry Division. Street trees are normally planted from November to April.
Property owners can request a tree (or trees) for the tree lawn (city easement) adjacent to their property by calling the Citizens’ Service Bureau at 314-622-4800 or by completeing the request form here. The Forestry continually surveys wards to determine planting needs and plants street trees in open or otherwise available planting sites.
To learn more about the Street Tree Program, click here.
All street trees are the property of the City of St. Louis. If a tree or limb has fallen, the Forestry Department will take care of the issue. You will need to contact the Citizen's Service Bureau to make your request. The City will also inspect trees to determine if they have become hazardous. Again, you would contact the Citizen's Service Bureau with your request.
Property owners adjacent to any newly planted tree are expected to water the new tree. This is only necessary during the hot weather the first summer of the tree's life.
Sidewalks are public right of ways, but are to be maintained by the adjacent property owner. The Alderman have a "50/50" program that can provide an incentive for property owners to maintain the sidewalks in front of their property. A bid would be provided and you would be responsible for 50% of the repair costs. If you'd like to repair your sidewalk, contact Alderman Ken Ortmann (w) 314-622-3287, (h) 314-776-0161.
Contact the Citizen Service Bureau online or at 314-622-4800.