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.
Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation
Enroll in DSNY’s Organics Collection Service
Instead of sending food waste, soiled paper, and yard waste to landfills, residents can turn them into compost and clean energy by joining NYC Sanitation’s curbside organics program!
All apartment buildings, nonprofits, city agencies, and community based organizations in Manhattan may be eligible for organics collection service. You simply need to request the program online [on.nyc.gov/request-organics] to receive free brown bins. Before receiving service, DSNY staff will work with individual buildings to develop site-specific plans; will provide training to building staff, develop outreach and maintenance strategies, and troubleshoot any issues with organics collection service.
For more info on the program visit nyc.gov/organics.
The DSNY does not collect any waste from commercial organizations.
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 email@example.com, Community Board 5 firstname.lastname@example.org, or your local Community Board.
NYC Parks Department map of street trees in New York City
(By neighborhood) Murray Hill-Kips Bay Street Trees tree-map.nycgovparks.org/tree-map/neighborhood/182
You also can click on each tree and can log in to record activity for the tree, see information about the tree, etc.
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.
The Department of Parks and Recreation just launched Trees Count! 2015, and now they need your help! Volunteers provide vital data by going out and mapping the trees in their neighborhood. You can sign up by visiting the link below or by emailing TreesCount@parks.nyc.gov. Please join this important effort!