OYO: Planting trees on the boulevard

Published: Jun. 1, 2018 at 4:36 AM CDT
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Planting a tree in your boulevard or parking strip is a great way to spruce up your yard and the entire neighborhood, but there are a lot of rules that you must follow when considering planting a tree in that space.

Lewis yard and garden expert, Doug Schroeder, says the first thing you have to do when planting a tree anywhere is call 811 and have your yard marked for utilities.

When deciding what type of tree to plant in your boulevard or parking strip, refer to this guide. The city of Sioux Falls has published an approved list of trees that are allowed on boulevards and parking strips. These are the types of trees that will best survive the sometimes harsh conditions encountered in this space. Boulevards tend to be drier than many other areas, plus the salt and chemicals that are used to keep roads clear in the winter can have a negative impact. Some types of trees won't survive in this environment.

There are several requirements regarding placement of trees. Trees must be 40 feet from another tree. Trees must be placed at least 30 feet from the nearest street corner and 10 feet from a driveway. If you're planting a tree in the boulevard it must be at least 20 feet from a fire hydrant and 15 feet from a light or utility pole.

Doug has created a handy reference guide that includes the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department's guide of approved trees for boulevards and parking strips, all of the required distances and measurements, and a tutorial on how to plant a tree.

If you're planting a tree, you can also reference this previous edition of Owning Your Outdoors on planting trees.