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Trees & Landscaping

Trees & Landscaping

Trees & Landscaping

About City Trees

Trees beautify the landscape and enhance the quality of life for all residents. The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized our city as a “Tree City, USA ™ ” since 1987 in honor of the care we provide for our trees.

Trees provide aesthetic, environmental, and economic values, including clean air and increased property values. The Trees & Landscaping Division is responsible for the oversight of planting, pruning, preservation and removal of trees in city right-of-ways by private contractors, volunteer organizations and citizens when working in and around trees within city jurisdiction.

These activities can be broken into three categories. These categories are Private Property, Public Property and Utility Trees.

City Neighborhood, Riverside, California

Private Property

Generally refers to any tree not obstructing Utility Lines planted on the resident’s property.

Public Property

Generally refers to any tree planted in open spaces, in parkways (the area between a street curb and sidewalk), and right-of-ways along streets whether the trees are planted by a contract, by a city representative or by a resident.

Utility Trees

Generally refers to any tree on private property or on the city right-of-ways that are encroaching on utility power lines.

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Save Our TreesSave Our Water and Our Trees!

As you cut back on water use during this historic drought, you may not realize the impact this will have on your landscape trees.

Trees in irrigated landscapes become dependent on regular watering. When watering is reduced – and especially when it’s stopped completely – trees will die.

Tree loss is a very costly problem: not only in expensive tree removal, but also in the loss of all the benefits trees provide.

Your trees provide an immense range of health, energy, environmental and economic benefits. Trees help reduce water by reducing evaporation. Mature trees only need to be deeply watered 1-2 times per month with a simple soaker hose or drip system toward the edge of the canopy - NOT at the base of the tree.

For more information on how to save our trees, check out the resources available at Save Our Water and California ReLeaf.

Additional information on how to water trees during a drought can be found here: Watering Young Trees and Watering Mature Trees.

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Info for Tree Owners

Basic knowledge of proper tree care helps individual tree owners understand the quality of care necessary for the health of their trees. The International Society of Arboriculture provides downloadable brochure on a number of topics including Choosing the Right Tree, Managing Tree Hazards and Risks, Pruning Your Trees and more. Check out their website at to learn more!

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Utility Trees
(Trees Near Power Lines)
City Trees & Landscaping
Landscape Water Conservation
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3900 Main St. 4th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-5311

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