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For Tree Warden News and Updates

To be a recipient of Tree Warden Notify Me Messages, you can sign up as a subscriber on the left hand side of the Watertown Official Home Page.

Tree Planting Season for the Spring 2017 has concluded

The Tree Warden thanks everyone who participated and had a tree or more planted in front of their homes during the spring tree planting season.

A thank you letter will be issued for every resident on the list who received a tree this season.  The letter will contain very crucial information with details on how to take care of your new tree in the first year of life.  The letter will also offer information on how to make a suggested donation to the Tree Fund so that Watertown is able to keep this successful program running into the future. 

The next tree planting season is expected to be in the Fall of 2017.  The list of species available for the Fall 2017 tree planting season will be posted below this spot when the list becomes available.  

If you had requested a tree in the spring but did not receive one at that time, your name and location will be moved onto the list of recipients for the Fall of 2017.

If you would like a tree to be planted, please watch for the list of species coming in the fall.  We will also send out a notice to all subscribers of the "Tree Warden Notify Me", so sign up for notify me if you are interested in getting in on that.  

Once you have seen the species list, please email your top three choices to the Tree Warden who will come out to your site to see if there is a suitable planting location and let you know whether a tree can or cannot be planted.  Keep in mind, if you are interested, that trees can also be planted on private property within 20 feet of the public right of way.  

The spring tree planting available species list is available by clicking the link below. This list will give you an idea of what might be offered in the fall.  This list will be updated with the Available Species List-Fall 2017, when the list is ready, sometime late in the summer.   

Available Species List-spring 2017

Tree Hearing Updates

The next Tree Hearing will be held on Thursday July 13, 2017 at 11:30 am in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room, located in the Administration Building at 149 Main St.

Any written submissions regarding any of the item(s) on this Tree Hearing List are due in the Conservation Office no later than 10:30 am on the morning of the hearing, one hour prior to the actual hearing itself.  All written submissions will be taken to the tree hearing and read into the record by the Tree Warden.

Tree Hearing List- July 13, 2017

Tree Care during critical drought periods

Last year, Watertown was in a drought period during the summer months and drought conditions call different ways of prioritizing how you use your water in the green spaces around your home.  Although we are out of the drought period here in Watertown, for information on how to care for your trees during drought conditions please see these two important articles below.

Boston Globe-Metro West-August 10, 2016

Watertown Wicked Local-August 8, 2016

Arbor Day Activities-  Arbor Day Activities for April of 2017

The program flyer for Arbor Day 2017 can be seen right here!

Please click on the link below to enjoy a video from Arbor Day 2016 which was held on April 28, 2016 at the Commanders Mansion on Talcott Ave.  The video is a courtesy of Watertown Cable Television Network.

Christopher J. Hayward, MCA Tree Warden

149 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472

Ph: (617) 972-6426
Fx: (617) 972-6484
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