Healthy trees are a valuable asset to any community. Trees naturally enhance the aesthetics of an area while purifying the air, providing relief from the hot summer sun, and blocking the cold winter wind.
Please help Liberty take full advantage of the many benefits trees can provide to this community. Proper planting, pruning and watering techniques can go a long way in improving and maintaining the health and longevity of our trees. Treating or removing failing trees will make neighborhoods safer and more beautiful.
Plant it Properly
In general, trees should be planted in a shallow sloping hole and at a depth where the root flare is just above soil line in a hole that is 2 to 3 times the root ball diameter. Backfill with the existing native soil without amendments tamping progressively. All strings, burlap and metal cages should be removed while keeping the root ball intact. Water well and spread 4 inches of mulch keeping it away from the trunk. Staking, which is optional, should use stakes with flexible ties on the lower of the trunk which allows movement. Visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's Tree Care webpage for additional information on how to plant a tree properly.
When it comes to street trees, or those trees planted between the street curb and the sidewalk, we hope you will help plant a diverse variety of trees. If you need help selecting trees for your property, be sure to visit the Missouri Department of Conservation's Right Tree for the Right Place (PDF).
Liberty’s Tree List
Trees for Areas Near Power Lines
The following tree species typically mature to less than 30 feet in height. As a result, these are ideal choices if planting near overhead power lines:
Trees for Areas Free of Power Lines
Because the following tree species mature over 30 feet in height, they should be planted at least 30 feet from overhead utilities:
Trees Not Suitable in the City of Liberty’s Rights of Way
The following trees should not be planted due to insect or disease problems, weak wood, messy droppings, or line of sight issues:
These lists are not comprehensive. If you would like to plant a tree in the City of Liberty’s right-of-way that is not currently on the recommended tree list, please contact the Parks and Open Space Manager at 816-439-4384 to determine if that tree is appropriate.
A tree’s biological needs, its shape and size at maturity, and its function in your landscape help determine the best tree to plant in a particular location. Select trees that grow well in this climate and your soil.
Think about what the trees will look like at maturity. How tall will they grow? What shape will they be? The following guidelines are designed to ensure that the placement of street trees does not negatively affect driver or pedestrian visibility or harm structures in close proximity to the tree.
Along with these guidelines, please contact the Parks and Open Space manager at 816-439-4384 if you are interested in planting a street tree.