Tree Planting and Maintenance

Tree Planting and Maintenance

The Public Works Department oversees the planting and care of over 7,000 trees along our streets, in active park areas, and on the other city owned property. The goal is to maintain a diverse and resilient tree canopy, while setting gan example for those residents who own the 80% of the urban forest growing on private property. This work is authorized under ordinance 2-14 and annual work plans are based on the Urban Forestry Management Plan and public Tree Inventory completed in 2011.

Tree Planting

Residents who would like a street tree planted can call the Public Works Department at 715-386-4767 ext. 113 to be put on the planting list. Residents who would like to plant their own tree in the right-of-way must obtain a Tree Planting Permit Application (PDF) and choose a tree from the list of recommended trees (PDF) that is included with the permit. City Forestry staff will determine if the site meets all the criteria for a tree.

Trees-of-the-Year

The Hudson Urban Forestry Board initiated this annual tree sale in 2015 to promote tree diversity on private property. Each spring two tree species are offered at cost, a smaller saturated tree and another that needs lots of room to grow. See the Purchase Form for details. 

Proper Planting Resources

The Wisconsin DNR has extensive on line resources to guide the entire process of New Tree Planting. IMPORTANT: Call Diggers Hotline before you dig to have underground utilities located 1-800-242-8511. Here are two brief but useful video clips on Watering New Trees and How to Mulch a New Tree.

Tree Maintenance

The Forestry crew performs most pruning and removals in the winter months. Mature street trees are pruned cyclically once every 5 to 8 years. Smaller trees are pruned more frequently to maintain a central leader. Trees are pruned to improve structure, remove dead wood, clear buildings, and meet sidewalk and street sightline clearances per city ordinance. If you have questions about the city's services or a concern about a public tree, call the Public Works central number at 715-386-4767 ext. 113.

Proper Tree Pruning

The Wisconsin DNR's Proper Tree Pruning is a well-illustrated step by step guide to the tools, technique and timing for this vital practice. Pruning is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can perform on your tree, especially for the first 10 to 15 years after planting. 

Tree Owner's Manual

This US Forest Service booklet captures the latest research based technical information about your trees from selection and siting to maintenance and removal. Hard copies are available at City Hall or online here

Hiring a Tree Service

You can find arborists in the phone directory under Tree Services. When selecting a company be sure to ask for qualifications such as:

  • Membership in Professional Organizations like WI or MN Arborist Society.
  • ISA Certification (International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Proof of Insurance.

Other advice:

  • Ask for references and speak to former clients.
  • Get more than one estimate.
  • Get it in writing.