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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 Fall 2017 has begun

In the following link is the list of species available for Watertown's the Fall 2017 tree planting season.  
Available Species List for Fall 2017.  

If you are interested in a tree being planted in front of our home  or on your own private property, within 20 feet of the back of the sidewalk, please send an email with your top 3 choices to the Tree Warden, Chris Hayward, by October 13, 2017 at mailto:.   

He will try to accommodate your choice selection but if any of your choices are not suitable for your location, he will advise a more suitable species from this list. 

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

Tree Hearing Updates

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 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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Photos of Tree and Wires Situations
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Hardy Avenue Electrical Fire:
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