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Forestry

Trees are amazing creations that enhance our daily lives. They provide the aesthetic qualities of beauty, color, and form; especially in our urbanized landscapes. Greeley loves trees. In fact, we have been a Tree City USA for over 30 years!

In order to keep Greeley green, we do the following:

  • Maintain trees and shrubs in our parks and public grounds.
  • Monitor for damaging insect and disease issues
  • Test, license and monitor shade tree contractors
  • Enforce City codes for tree maintenance and planting
  • Manage a Memorial Tree and Tree Donation Program
  • Plan, implement, and maintain the public floral displays
  • Provide consultations to citizens, as time allows

See our helpful information below, and if you have a question, contact us at 970-350-2405 or Forestry@greeleygov.com.

Hiring a tree service (trimming and removals)

Companies or individuals offering tree trimming or removals in Greeley on woody plants over 10 feet in height must be licensed by the City of Greeley. See our list of licensed contractors.

Tips

  • Ask for job references
  • Check with the contractor and their insurance agency to be sure their policy is current 
  • When receiving bids, make sure you ask for the same exact service from all prospective contractors 
  • Tree "topping" is a unhealthy practice and is not allowed in Greeley 
  • Never pay in advance.  
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau at 970-686-7722 for additional references.  

Close to power lines?

Few tree services are authorized to work within 10 feet of energized lines. Contact us at 970-339-2405 or Forestry@greeleygov.com with questions.

Planting and caring for your trees

Trees are a significant, long-term investment in your property and the entire community. That investment should compliment your home and increase in value over time. Keep your trees strong and beautiful by following our tips below.

  • Planting

  • Pruning

  • Watering and Nutrition

  • Fertilization

  • Diseases

  • Insects

  • Pest Control

  • Environmental/Mechanical Damage

Tree symptom checker

Click on a species below to see some of the commons issues and ailments. Detailed information, along with treatment options is included in the links.

  • Apple

  • Ash

  • Aspen

  • Boxelder

  • Catalpa

  • Cherry

  • Chokecherry

  • Cottonwood

  • Crabapple

  • Elm

  • Hackberry

  • Hawthorn

  • Honeylocust

  • Juniper

  • Linden

  • Maple

  • Mountain Ash

  • Oak

  • Peach

  • Pear

  • Pine

  • Spruce

  • Sycamore

  • Walnut

  • Willow

Donations and memorial trees

We offer a program in which select unwanted trees can be donated to the Parks system. This is done at no cost to the donor.

Additionally, we can help you commemorate a loved one by planting a tree in a park of your choice.

Find out how on our donations and memorial trees page.

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