Tree Planting

 Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in Elgin's tree bank planting program. New trees will sustain our neighborhood forests and provide you and your property with valuable benefits for many years. There are two ways to participate in this tree planting program.

You may request a new tree be planted by the city, or you may purchase and plant one yourself. 

Tree Planting

City Planted Tree

If you want the city to plant a tree, please fill out the Tree Bank Planting Request & Tree Selection Form. You may choose from the current species list found here

There is no direct cost to you; however, tree planting requests are processed in the order they are received and according to the resources available. Tree planting requests will be inspected by the Public Works Department and prioritized accordingly. The city purchases its trees directly from a local nursery, which allows us to provide a much greater selection of trees at better prices and of higher quality.

All trees planted by the city will be fully mulched and watered at the time of installation. As the recipient of a new tree, you are encouraged to water and provide easy, basic care for the tree for several years after it is planted. For information on the maintenance responsibilities, please refer to the enclosed New Tree Care fact sheet.

City tree planting is generally performed twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The application deadline for the spring planting program is April 15th and for the fall planting it is August 15th

Resident Planted Tree

If you want to purchase and plant a tree or trees in the tree bank yourself, the city very much appreciates your effort.

To plant a tree yourself, please complete and return the Tree Planting Permit Application. There is no fee for this permit. We advise you to evaluate your planting site and choose your preferred species. The location and species selection will be reviewed for approval by the City of Elgin Forestry Division. Once we receive the completed application, City staff will contact you to discuss the project and help you plant the right tree in the right place.

Thank You

Thank you very much for your interest in Elgin’s tree planting program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 311 or email.