The Public Works Department's Forestry and Grounds Division provides maintenance and care of approximately 16,500 Village-owned trees, and 151 acres of turf-growth property. Presently, 59 turf acres are maintained in-house, and 92 acres are maintained through contracted service. Maintenance of Village property includes mowing and lawncare. Crew members retain Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators and/or operator licenses.
Parkway trees are the responsibility of the Village. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Public Works Department at 847-490-6800. A staff-certified arborist will be happy to assist you. Parkway trees are trimmed on a five to seven-year cycle. Trees are trimmed to remove dead, diseased or rubbing branches. A majority of the trimming is performed during the dormant season (late fall through the winter months) to remove hanging branches and correct deficiencies that occur throughout the year. Call Public Works at 847-490-6800 if your parkway tree has broken or hanging branches, or if it has been damaged from a storm.
The Village of Hoffman Estates has been certified as a Tree City USA community for 21 consecutive years.
The Village's annual curbside tree branch pickup program begins the last week of September every year, running for four consecutive weeks throughout different parts of the Village. The program is free to all Hoffman Estates residents. A schedule detailing the dates and areas for pickup appears in the September issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen newsletter for residents.
Emerald Ash Borer information
Visit www.hoffmanestates.org/eab for the most current information.
Japanese Beetle information
Japanese Beetles continue to be a problem for residents of Northern Illinois, including the Village of Hoffman Estates. The beetles are approximately 3/4-inches long, and easily recognized by their blue/green/copper/silver metallic color. In their larval stage, the grubs develop in the soil, feeding on the roots of various plants and grasses, and often damage turf in lawns, parks, golf courses and pastures.
Adult beetles feed on the foliage and fruits of several hundred species of fruit trees, ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and field and vegetable crops. Leaves of affected trees will appear to be eaten with only the veins of the leaves remaining (skeletonized), which make the leaves appear similar to lace.
As the impact of Japanese Beetles is currently more of an aesthetic issue, and typically not detrimental to the health of trees, the Village does not treat Village-owned trees for this issue. If you notice that Japanese Beetles have impacted your trees or lawn, the following treatments are available:
Trees can be treated with a foliar application or an injected systemic insecticide. Another treatment method and one that is easier for residents to perform involves applying a soapy water mixture to affected plants.
To eliminate Japanese Beetles at their larval stage, a granular turf grub control treatment early in the growing year will reduce and control the adult populations.
Please share this information with your neighbors, as the Japanese Beetle may migrate to your yard from one of your neighbors' yards, even if you have performed preventative treatment. For more information, visit the Japanese Beetle Homeowners Handbook at www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/pubs/pub_phjbeetle04.pdf.
Branches blocking sidewalks
Bushes, shrubs and trees oftentimes block the sidewalk forcing pedestrians to walk on the parkway or in the street. If parkway tree branches are hanging over the sidewalk and interfering with pedestrian traffic, report the location to the Public Works Department at 847-490-6800. Homeowners should properly trim back any excessive landscape growth abutting public sidewalks on their property. The trimmings should be disposed of properly through composting or through the Village's yard waste disposal program.
Mulching around trees
Placing mulch around trees can help them thrive and maintain a healthy condition throughout the growing season. Mulching slows evaporation of soil moisture thus increasing the availability of this moisture as well as nutrients in the soil for the tree's root system to utilize. While mulching benefits trees in a number of ways, improper installation of this material can be harmful to the tree. Excessive mulch depth inhibits the flow of needed oxygen to the trees' root zone, and can cause root system decay and smothering. Piling mulch against the trunk attracts insects and rodents, which may feed on the truck and subject the tree to decay. Proper installation practices involve placing mulch to a depth of no more than 4 inches over the root zone of the tree in a saucer-like fashion so as to keep the material away from the trees trunk and open to the air. This permits moisture to be maintained for the root zone but allows the trunk to stay dry preventing decay and insect and/or rodent damage.
Improper Volcano Mulching
Proper Saucer Mulching
Woodchips make excellent mulch for trees, shrubs and planting beds. Free woodchips can be picked up at the Public Works Fleet Maintenance Facility at 2405 Pembroke Ave. Contact Public Works at 847-490-6800 in advance to ensure availability. Deliveries of one-half or a full truckload can be requested. A half load is approximately four cubic yards -- producing a woodchip pile that will cover a typical (double car width) driveway apron approximately three feet high.