Welcome to the City of New Brighton’s Forestry Department. City crews plant, trim, prune and maintain thousands of trees, plants and shrubs.
The following topics are of general, local interest. Please note the accompanying links for more specific, scientific information.
Grow to Be a Large Tree (50 feet or more)
Grow to Be a Small Tree (25 feet or less)
Know what you are buying when dealing with sellers of firewood. A standard “cord” of wood will occupy a space of 128 cubic feet. The usual pile will measure 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 4 feet high allowing, of course, for empty space between larger pieces. The actual amount of wood of such a “wellpiled” cord will be 90 to 110 cubic feet. A “firewood cord” or “rick” of wood will measure about 1/3 of a standard cord or 30 to 36 cubic feet of actual wood. Remember firewood is sold by volume. Know how to multiply length x width x height of a prospective pile to determine how much you are actually buying.
Proper trimming of trees involves carefully making finishing cuts outside the “branch” collar as shown in the illustration. This method is called “target pruning.” Also important is the timing of the pruning activity. Many species of trees have preferred trimming periods. In general, it is best to avoid pruning most trees in the spring and early fall. Dormant pruning in late winter appears to be the best time. Oak trees should never be trimmed April through October because of the danger of oak wilt spread. Trimming during wet or rainy weather should likewise be avoided. It’s important to know what you are pruning, when to prune, and how to make the correct cuts on the tree.
A quarantine on improper storage of any elm wood with intact bark and diseased red oak is enforced in New Brighton from April 15 to October 15. This is an important measure against Dutch elm and oak wilt diseases. Any such wood kept during this time must be debarked. Additionally, diseased red oak wood can be sealed with a thick poly wrap during the period April 15 to July 1 of the year after the tree’s death. For information, call 651-638-2065.