Our Tree Work Request Form is Open!
We are now taking requests for free tree work in Greenpoint! Learn more about the types of tree work offered below and then follow the link to the online form to request a new tree planting, tree bed expansion, block removal, bulb planting, and/or perennial planting for a tree bed on your block.
NEW TREE PLANTING
We are able to plant new trees in existing, empty tree beds, replace dead trees, and cut new tree beds in the concrete sidewalk. The tree location must be on a city sidewalk in the public right-of-way. Please refer to the Park’s Department Planting Process for more in-depth information on how trees are planted.
PERENNIAL AND BULB PLANTING
Adding bulbs and perennials to your tree bed lets people know that the tree is cared for and adds aesthetic value to the block. Planting also helps discourage people from walking through the tree bed which compacts the soil and can eventually suffocate the tree roots.
TREE BED EXPANSION
Many trees in Greenpoint were historically planted in very small tree beds. This can be problematic for a number of reasons: once a tree begins to grow, if it does not have adequate space the roots can push up the surrounding concrete, creating a tripping hazard. By increasing the soil volume, we create a healthier growing environment and enable your tree to grow to its fullest potential.
Cobble stone, Belgian block, and even concrete blocks installed in tree beds long ago can create tripping hazards, inhibit tree growth, and are often an eyesore. Removing the blocks and adding soil and mulch to the tree bed provides a better growing environment for the tree and a more pleasing streetscape.
The form will close on December 1st, 2018. Requests made after September 1st will be included in spring 2019 work. All new tree planting requests will be completed in spring 2019.
Block removal and tree bed expansion work has to be completed before bulb and perennial planting when both are requested for a site, this may affect timing of work.