Share the Shade
An average of 250 trees a year are removed from Greeley’s urban forest due to age, insects, diseases, environmental events, and lack of proper care. In one generation, that amounts to more than 6,000 trees removed, and unfortunately, the trend of replanting trees in our community is relatively low. To promote and increase tree-planting efforts in our neighborhoods, the City of Greeley has implemented a residential planting program called Share the Shade.
This program helps residents of Greeley purchase and plant trees on their property with an annual goal to plant a minimum of 100 trees throughout the community. Residential property owners can apply to purchase up to two trees per year, with each tree costing $50. The City of Greeley covers the remaining expenses that include supplies, delivery and professional installation by City staff with the help of volunteers.
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 our Memorial Tree and Tree Donation Programs
- Plan, implement, and maintain public floral displays
See our helpful information below, and if you have a question, contact us at 970-351-5150.
Emerald Ash Borer in Colorado
Confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Colorado warns of upcoming and unavoidable introduction of a new tree pest to Greeley’s urban forest. This infestation could adversely affect thousands of ash trees in our community and hundreds of thousands across the Front Range.
To date, the pest has not been found in Greeley, but experts have confirmed the presence of EAB near the Town of Berthoud in Larimer County.
With EAB, it is not a matter of if the beetle will appear in Greeley; it is a matter of when.
Learn how to detect, prevent, and treat for Emerald Ash Borer at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. If you think you have EAB in your ash trees, please contact the Greeley Forestry Program at 970-351-5150.
City of Greeley officials began preparing for EAB in 2014. As a part of that management plan, staff worked to educate the public to identify and avoid bringing the beetle to the area (and to manage the beetle when it is found inside city limits).
The City of Greeley has now implemented a Residential Ash Treatment Program to provide residents with ash trees a treatment option at substantial cost savings. In a nutshell, residents can pay the City of Greeley to treat their tree(s) and the City will hire an independent and licensed Pesticide Applicator to provide the preventative treatments.
Find out more about the Residential Ash Treatment Program.
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.
- 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 an 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 970-351-5150 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.