This program is a partnership between the City of Edmond Urban Forestry Department and Edmond residents or neighborhoods. As availability allows,the City will plant a tree in the right-of-way along your property. You just need to commit to helping take care of the new tree --Urban Forestry will also provide a Treegator irrigation bag to make watering simple and easy. Fostering a tree helps the City meet tree planting goals, and you and all of your neighbors will benefit from a great new tree. It’s a win-win situation!
Why is the City of Edmond offering to plant these trees?
Urban Forestry sometimes has to remove trees that are dead or a high risk to public safety all over town and vows to replant at least one tree for every one removed through the Street Tree Risk Management program, to maintain urban forest health. By planting trees all over the City through the Foster-A-Tree program, Urban Forestry accomplishes this goal. Other benefits to the City include:
- BALANCED LANDSCAPE: Mimicking the scattered pattern of the Street Tree Risk Management program with new trees
- RIGHT TREE, RIGHT PLACE: Identifying planting spaces where the trees have adequate growing space and will provide optimal benefits to the surrounding areas
- HIGH SURVIVAL RATE: Partnering with a citizen/neighborhood who can provide care for the tree until it may fend for itself
- ENHANCED TREE CANOPY: Planting more trees because of the great partners throughout the City who sign up to foster trees
How does this benefit my community and I?
- Purchasing a tree can be expensive, and planting it is pretty labor intensive. With Foster-A-Tree, you don’t have to deal with these issues.
- Shade for your yard, home and driveway, and resulting energy savings and other environmental services
- Value added to your property and a more beautiful landscape
- Tree-lined streets create a traffic calming effect, and drivers tend to reduce their speed
- Optimal tree form – your foster tree will be pruned to improve its structure the 3rd and 6th years after planting
- The Foster-A-Tree program is an engaging way to contribute to Edmond’s overall tree canopy, get involved with the community, and learn about trees and proper tree care
What will the Urban Forestry Department do?
- Identify eligible planting spots and provide a list of available tree species for you to choose from.
- Plant up to one tree per residence every two years, as long as planting space and program availability allow. (If you are a neighborhood group you can receive up to five trees – see below)
- Contact OKIE for locating and marking of all underground utilities.
- Purchase and plant the tree. All trees will be planted within thepublic right-of-way.
- Monitor tree health periodically.
- Perform training pruning to improve tree structure during the 3rd and 6th years after planting.
Where will foster trees be planted?
- Inside of Edmond city limits on public streets only.
- Within the public right-of-way, which is close to the street
- Where they will have space to mature without causing conflict with utilities, other trees, and infrastructure.
What must the participant do?
- Complete the online registration form and submit it to the Urban Forestry Department.
- Commit to the full two year term of the Foster-A-Tree Agreement, which includes hand watering and basic maintenance according to the Foster-A-Tree Maintenance Guide.
- Protect the tree from damage by lawn maintenance equipment, pets, construction, or anything else that could cause the tree unnecessary harm.
- Understand that only ONE tree per property may be planted; however, after the two year agreement period has passed, participants may sign up again!
Can My Neighborhood Sign Up to Receive Foster Trees?
- Yes! Neighborhood foster trees can go in the right-of-way adjacent to a common area, in a median or along a neighborhood entrance, or any area where lawn maintenance is managed by the neighborhood association.
- A maximum of five trees are available to neighborhoods per maintenance agreement (two years).
- As with individual participants, all neighborhood foster trees must be planted in the public right-of-way.
- When using the registration form for a neighborhood group, be sure to make note of the association's name in the form.