|"Street Trees", the trees planted between the "sidewalk
to curb", are not personal trees. They're intended to provide
shade and cover for paved surfaces, reducing run-off and reflected
heat. Street trees also improve the curb appeal of the neighborhood,
known to increase real estate values (as much as 20%). On the flip
side, street trees don't live that long due to limited root growth,
water, and oxygen. Their environment is confining, they have to
deal with the blacktop, cement, the elements and road salt.
When planting these trees and future ones, the Village Tree Board carefully studies the site selection so that the (mature size of the) trees will be trouble-free and enjoyed for years to come. When choosing a planting location, overhead lines, which can be either electric, telephone, or cable, must be avoided. Underground lines, which can be these three, plus water, sewer and natural gas, must also be avoided.
A list of "Street Trees" with a high resistance to insects and disease, adaptable, and hardy is consulted when new plantings are being considered. This list of trees is as follows: