For a newly planted tree, the first two years are critical. The level of care a tree receives during this period will largely determine its long term health and viability. You can adopt a tree near your place of residence to help keep the Murray Hill trees green and healthy!
Click the link at the left to visit the website from which the adopt-a-tree process begins: http://stewardship.nycparks.org/add_trees.php. The website has a map of trees that need to be adopted and explains how to care for the tree.
Call 311 or tap the Park Department link to:
- Report a damaged or dead tree
- Request a new street tree
- Notify NYC Parks of illegal tree damage
- Submit a report of potentially hazardous trees or branches
- Let NYC Parks know about an undesirable root, sewer, or sidewalk condition
All requests sent to NYC Parks are given direct attention and will be resolved as soon as possible. nycgovparks.org/services/forestry/request.
Electrical outages and damaged trees
If you see damaged trees, debris or damaged power lines and equipment after storms, there are a few things you can do:
- Report the locations of damaged trees by contacting 311
- fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment should be reported to 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) immediately
- NYCHA residents can report any power- or weather-related issues to 718-707-7771.
You can also reach out to Council Members Keith Powers 212-818-0580, KPowers@council.nyc.gov and Carlina Rivera 212-677-1077, District2@council.nyc.gov, and to Community Board 6 firstname.lastname@example.org, Community Board 5 email@example.com, or your local Community Board.
Flowers planted around a tree
Perennials, annuals, and bulbs are beautiful additions around a tree, as long as you remember that the tree's health comes first. Choose plants that require little watering. Key words to look for are "drought tolerant" and "xeric conditions."
Use small plants and bulbs - large plants require large planting holes, which damage tree roots. In addition, plants with large root systems compete with the tree for water and nutrients.
Mulch is always good for your tree and plants. Mulch keeps the soil moist and prevents weeds from sprouting in tree pits. After planting, put mulch between the plants.
In a street tree pit, never plant bamboo, ivy, vines, woody shrubs, or evergreens. They are all major competitors for water and nutrients and can stunt or kill a tree.
Greenstreets are individually crafted by our landscape designers, and maintained by our gardeners, so please do not add extra plantings to them.
Click the link on the left for a full list of plants recommended by the Parks Department.