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 23 consecutive years.
2014 Branch pick-up program(s)
Spring Program Begins April 28th, a schedule detailing the dates and areas for pick-up appears in the April edition of the Hoffman Estates Citizen Newsletter for residents.
Hoffman Estates’ free curbside tree branch pickup program has been expanded to twice a year with the spring program beginning on April 28th. This program is for residents covered by the Village refuse collection contract. Routes and dates have been established for various sections of the community. Only one collection pass will be made for each street. Please do not ask for exceptions. If branches are too large, are mixed with unacceptable materials or have not been prepared properly, they will not be picked up.
• Tree branches no larger than 8 inches in diameter or 10 feet in length
• Shrub trimmings and similar brush
• Branches from willow trees if separated from other materials
Public Works crews will NOT accept:
• Tree trunks, stumps or root balls
• Railroad ties or landscape timbers
• Grass clippings, leaves, sod, plants or yard waste
On the first date of pickup listed for your area, neatly stack branches at curbside by 7 a.m., face the cut ends toward the street. Please do not tie branches in bundles or place in any container. Do not allow branches to protrude into the street or block sidewalks. While supplies last, free woodchips will be available to residents at the Village’s vehicle maintenance facility, 2405 Pembroke Ave., during daylight hours after 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during daylight hours on weekends. Please bring your own containers. If you have any questions or want to find out about free large truckload deliveries of wood chips, contact the Public Works Department at 847-490-6800.
The Village's annual curbside tree branch pickup fall program continues on September 29, 2014, 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.
2014 Brush Drop-Off Program
In addition to the annual brush/branch pick-up programs occurring this year, the Village will again offer seasonal brush drop-off opportunities for Hoffman Estates residents on the first and third Saturday of each month beginning in April and ending in August.
Brush may be brought to the Public Works Vehicle Maintenance Facility, 2405 Pembroke Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. free of charge. We will be accepting residential brush/branches only (no commercial loads), and proof of residency is required. Drop-off dates are as follows: May 3, May 17, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, and August 16. For more information, call (847) 490-6800.
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.