Trees

Tree Planting Program

West Chester Borough has an aggressive tree planting program, planting two trees for every one tree removed. From 1989 to the present, the Borough has planted over 3,860 through our tree program.

Please call the PA-1-CALL for utilities at 1-800-242-1776 if you are cutting a tree-well in a concrete sidewalk or for stump grinding. 

Requirements
Please water your tree the day that it is planted and then once per week in dry spells during the first summer and autumn. A good soaking with a garden hose for one to two hours will supply enough moisture to the roots, which extend about 18 inches into the soil. The hose should be moved to several positions to distribute water uniformly to all roots, thus preventing leaf wilt. It takes 3 years for a tree to become established.

Homeowners are responsible for watering the tree once a week and more frequently during dry spells. Orders for spring plantings should be placed by mid-March and fall plantings by mid-August. The earlier you place your order, the sooner the borough can plant your tree and the better selections you will have from the nursery.

If you have a concrete sidewalk and want a tree planted, it is your responsibility to have the sidewalk cut for the tree. All stumps are to be ground out to a depth of 3 - 4 feet. The ideal tree pit is 3x4 or 4x4. The borough is not responsible for any trees that are vandalized or have died.

Suitable Street Planting Trees
The following are a list of trees that are best for street planting. If you want to order a tree and it is not on our list, call Public Works to see if it should qualify as a street tree.
Types of Trees

Application
To apply for a tree, please fill out an online
Tree Planting Application.

Tree Removal, Planting, Pruning, Etc.
Tree removal shall include removal of the stump, roots, and wood residue to a point at least ten inches (10") below sidewalk grade to allow for proper sidewalk and curb restoration, in accordance with Chapter 95 of the Borough Ordinance.
 
When replanting a tree, grind the stump 2-3 ft. deep for the new tree.

When pruning or removal of any street tree is taking place in the Borough, one must comply with the requirements of the Borough of West Chester and standards set forth in PennDot Publication 213, Work Zone Traffic Control.

Whenever streets are to be closed off to the public service, the contractor shall notify the police dispatcher, 610-696-2700, of the location and length of time the street will be closed.

The contractor shall notify the PA One Call system. When planting a tree, it's the law.
DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG 1-800-242-1776.

To apply for a permit to remove, plant, or prune a tree please fill out the Tree Permit Application
   
Pillagalli Tree Update

The Borough will continue with the Pillagalli Street Tree Planting Program in the Spring of 2016. This program offers FREE street trees to Borough residents. If you are interested in having a FREE street tree planted in front of your property, please have your order in no later than February 15, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Dunn-Kesterson, Urban Forester at
ddunn@west-chester.com or 610-696-5282. 

         Thank You for helping to keep West Chester Borough green!