Hamden Tree Commission FAQ Page

 

Can I plant a tree in the grass strip between the sidewalk and the street?

Yes, homeowners can plant a tree in the tree lawn, provided they can reasonably expect to care for the tree until it is established.  This will mean regular watering - about 25 gallons a week - during the growing season.  In addition, the species of tree selected must be from the list of trees approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Trees on this list have been determined to be appropriate for the conditions bordering a road.  In addition, only smaller trees can be planted under power lines.  A current list of approved trees is available elsewhere on this website.

How can I get someone from the town to look at a tree that may be a hazard?

If it is a town tree, contact Hamden’s Help Desk by phone at (203) 287-7676, or by email at help@hamden.com.  The Help Desk will forward your request to the Tree Warden or other qualified town representative.  They will be in touch to inspect the tree.  You can also submit a service request by clicking on the Service Request button located on every page of the town’s website.

If it is not a town tree, you will have to contact a licensed arborist to evaluate the health of the tree.  You can search for a licensed arborist at: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/findanarborist.aspx

Can I request the removal of a town tree so that solar panels can be installed on my house?

Hamden’s Tree Removal Policy states that the following are NOT valid reasons for the removal of a town tree:

1. to facilitate views (including advertising signs)

2. to create off-street parking

3. for the installation of solar panels

4. to reduce the extent of leaf / flower / fruit drop

5. to reduce the impact from any bird or other animal waste or noise.

What constitutes a hazardous tree?

According to the CT DEEP’s State Vegetation Management Task Force, a hazard tree is defined as “a tree that has a defect that could cause it to break apart or fall over and if it did, harm or damage a valuable target.”  Hamden’s Tree Removal Policy states that a hazard tree is one that meets the following criteria:

1. The tree is sufficiently large enough to cause damage should it fall;

2. The tree has a target, that would be damaged should it fall;

3. The tree has a condition that would make it likely to fall. Such conditions may include dead or damaged limbs, insect infestation, disease, significant root damage, or other physical damage or signs of decay or distress as noted by the Tree Warden.

How do I request a tree for the front of my house?

You can request to have a curb side tree planted in front of your house by completing the request form on the Tree Commission’s webpage.  Part of this form requires you to commit to care for the tree until it becomes established – approximately 3 years.  You will receive a care pamphlet when the tree is planted.  Trees are planted in the spring and fall and will be planted in a neighborhood once a sufficient number of requests are received.

How do I find a certified arborist to assess my private trees?

You can search for a licensed arborist at: http://www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/findanarborist.aspx

Can I prune or remove a curbside tree?

Because curb side trees are considered town property, a permit is required to prune or remove any street tree.  Contact the Tree Warden at Hamden Public Works to obtain a permit.  You can also contact the Hamden Help Desk by phone at (203) 287-7676, or by email at help@hamden.com to request a permit.  Any contractor, including the utilities, needs to have a permit from the town’s Tree Warden before doing any work on any public tree.

How do I know if someone has a permit to prune or remove a tree?

You can ask the person doing the work directly, or you can contact the Hamden Help Desk by phone at (203) 287-7676, or by email at help@hamden.com and report

Where can I find information about choosing a tree to plant on my property?

There are many sources of information on trees.  A good place to start is the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Guide: http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeGuide/

Also: http://www.treesaregood.com/treeowner/choosingTheRightTree.aspx

Where can I find information about caring for my trees?

The pamphlet “Tree Owner’s Manual” covers every aspect of tree care and is available on-line at: http://na.fs.fed.us/pubs/uf/tom/090202_tom_lr.pdf

Where can I find information on tree diseases and pests?

There are many sources of information on tree diseases and pests.  Locally, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station on Huntington Street in New Haven can identify most pests and diseases that affect trees.  Visit the Plant Disease Information Office on-line at http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2835&q=377502.

Another resource that includes an index to common tree diseases can be found at: http://forestry.about.com/od/diseases/tp/An-Index-of-Common-Tree-Diseas.htm

Where can I found out about the benefits of trees?

Some useful sources of information about the benefits of trees can be found at the following:

https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits

http://www.earthshare.org/2013/07/treebenefits.html

http://www.arborday.org/trees/index-benefits.cfm

http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/resources/benefits_trees.pdf

Hamden Government Center • 2750 Dixwell Avenue • Hamden, CT 06518 • 203.287.7000