Street Trees and Sidewalks
BPW is site of the Neighborhood Foresters tree care pilot program. Residents augment Forestry Division maintenance in the following ways:
Attend free trainings to learn basic tree care
Commit to serve as a Neighborhood Forester
Receive free tree care Tools and safety gear
Participate in annual neighborhood tree inventory to create an accurate picture of needed care by recording tree location, health and other important data.
Partner with fellow residents to address tree care tasks within their skill set and inform Forestry of additional tree care needs.
Share tree care info with neighbors
Street Tree Planting
The Forestry Division plants free trees in the tree lawn, the City easement between curbs and sidewalks along public streets. Property owners can submit tree requests to the Citizens Service Bureau at 314-622-4800 or the request form. Forestry also plants street trees in open locations they identify even without a resident reques
The Street Tree Program normally plants from November to April. Planting depends on available resources; if you submit a request and don't hear for several months, you may want to check the status with CSB.
Street Tree Maintenance
All street trees are City property and must not be intentionally damaged or removed. Adjacent property owners are expected to water newly planted trees during hot weather to ensure they survive. This is very important for the first two or three years of the tree's life, and critical the first year.
Please request the Forestry Department address any hazardous or downed trees and limbs in the neighborhood via the Citizen's Service Bureau. You can also request routine pruning, but this will be a lower prioritiy and may take some time to be addressed. Forestry also routinely inspects trees and may prune or remove any tree deemed hazardous without advance notice to residents.
Maintenance of all trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. For more information on how to care for trees, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Sidewalk Repairs & Replacement
Sidewalks are public right of ways, but are to be maintained by the adjacent property owner. The Aldermen have a "50/50" program that can offset these costs; 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 the 9th Ward Alderman.