Tips for Passing Landscape Inspections

Helpful Hints

Requirements for site landscape design are specifically laid out in Edmond’s Title 22 Zoning Ordinance, Site Design Standards. Title 22 should be referenced for guidance in expectations and requirements for site landscaping. The Edmond Tree Preservation Guide is another resource for requirements if tree preservation or protection is to be included in a site plan.

Often in landscape inspections, the same issues appear again and again. By addressing these issues in advance, the Urban Forestry Department hopes to help applicants get through the landscape inspection process smoothly. Below are some hints to help avoid issues at the time of landscape inspection.

Site Layout

  • Discuss any modifications with the Urban Forestry Department, prior to installation.
  • Install the landscape in accordance with the approved site plan.
  • Make sure that there is adequate space for each plant to mature without being crowded. Ensure that the mature size of the plant will not conflict with signage or circulation.

Tree Installation

  • Be very careful to minimize damage to tree branches or trunks, and purchase trees that are free of existing damage. Significantly damaged plant material will not be approved.
  • Remove the ties, burlap, and wire basket from at least the top 1/3 of the root ball. If these materials are left on, Urban Forestry will require their removal prior to approving a landscape inspection.
  • Uncover the root flares of trees and plant them with the bottom of the root flare even with or 2” above surrounding grade. Trees planted too deeply will have to be replanted with soil removed from the top of the root ball to uncover the root flare.
  • Remove all tags, ties, ropes, flagging, and bamboo stakes from planting stock.
  • There should be no mulch against tree bark. Instead, pull it back from the trunk a few inches to prevent rot.
  • When staking trees, do not fasten them so tightly that the tree’s trunk is rigid. The trunk should still have some natural movement and ability to sway. Trees staked too tightly have been known to fall over after stakes are removed.

Tree Preservation

  • Tree preservation and protection areas that are not properly executed may not be credited toward required plant units in the landscape plan. Make sure to follow procedures in the Tree Preservation Guide very closely.
Please contact the Urban Forestry Department with any questions or concerns about landscape inspections.