|At the request of the Maumee Tree Commission,
Gateway Middle School Students, under the direction of Mr.
Jim Sechler and Ms. Amy Stough, have researched some of our
historic trees and developed a web page providing this
information. Click here to view this web
Street trees are important in Maumee. We have well over
6,000 in the City. Not only do trees help beautify the City
but they are also responsible for helping to clean the air
that we breathe. The City of Maumee is proud of its many and
varied street trees and its multi-year status as a Tree City
USA through The National Arbor Day Foundation and hope that
you appreciate the trees also.
The Department of Public Service is responsible for all
trees in the public rights-of-way. Typically the
right-of-way extends from approximately one foot in back of
the sidewalk across the street to one foot in back of the
sidewalk on the other side of the street. However, in some
areas of Maumee, that measurement is significantly
different. If there are no sidewalks it can also be
difficult for the homeowner to figure out. If you have
any question as to whether a tree is yours or belongs to the
City, please call us in the Natural Resources Division at
419-897-7170 and we will be happy to help you.
The City reserves the right and the responsibility to
care for all the trees in the right-of-way. We spray and
trim the trees as needed. If you believe your street tree
needs attention, please call instead of attempting the work
We annually plant several hundred street trees to replace
trees taken down and also to fill in areas where street
trees are missing. If you are lucky enough to receive a
street tree, please take good care of it. Do not damage the
base of the tree with your lawn mower or weed whacker, and
please water the tree when you water the lawn.
Whether we are replanting a large evergreen or planting
one small tree as part of an Arbor Day celebration at a
local school, every tree is important, please help us to
take care of them.
Your New Tree Needs Some
(This is one of a series of articles provided by the
Maumee Tree Commission to help citizens care for trees and
to understand why Maumee is a designated Tree City with a
tree ordinance designed to adequately protect trees and
provide tree care)
Perhaps you've just planted a new tree on your property,
or maybe the City crews planted a "street tree"
near the curb line of your street. So, now you ask,
"what do I have to do to keep the tree growing?"
Actually if you did a good job of providing a large enough
hole, added some amendments like peat moss or compost and
watered it well, you've done 90% of the job! However, we do
have dry spells occasionally in summer, and the long-term
forecast is for a hotter and drier summer than usual. That's
where the other 10% of effort comes in. If your tree is
newly planted this year, or was planted less than 5 years
ago, then watering during dry, hot spells is a must to
preserve your tree and the money you spent on it. Beyond 5
years the tree has established sufficient roots to withstand
all but a severe drought.
When rainfall is less than 1/2 inch per week, then give
that tree at least 3 gallons of water during that week and
each week of low rainfall. And please do the same for any
city-planted street tree in front of your home. If the
street tree is less than 5 years old, give it the same 3
gallons of water per week. The city crews will plant over
300 trees in Maumee this year, as they do every year. They
don't have the time or resources to water 1500 trees each
week (that's 300 trees x 5 years). So we are asking you to
help us and yourself by preserving those trees.