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Trees in metro St Louis can go through rough times. With our changeable weather we can experience thunderstorms with damaging wind and lighting, winter ice storms, and late hard freezes in the spring. These events leave many of us wondering what we should do about replacing our damaged trees.
There are a variety of trees that grow well in the St Louis area. Common trees that are found in the forests of the Ozarks such as oak and hickory also line the city streets. Residential areas of the city are planted with large shade trees.
A City of St. Louis ordinance passed in 1826 said that north-south streets were to be given numbers and east-west streets were to have names of trees.
The type of tree you wish to plant will affect the time to plant. Most trees do better if planted in the fall, but you should verify this because some trees do better if planted in the spring. Good planning before the tree is purchased and put in the ground will save you problems in the years to come.
Trees should fit in with the other plantings you have on your property. Plant the right tree in the right place. Plant shade trees on the side of your house that receives the most sun for maximum benefit. Plant evergreens for winter protection from cold winds. Check with your local utility for information on planting under or near power lines.
Homeowners can work with the City of St. Louis to be sure new trees are planted and maintained. Each year the City's Forestry Division plants 3000-5000 new trees.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff