Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, however you are not required to plant trees in the parking strip but the tree-lined streets of Sioux Falls are a big part of why this is a beautiful community.
These trees add to property value, provide aesthetics, provide shade from summer heat, reduce utility bills, temper the wind, reduce noise and air pollution, support our urban wildlife and provide for a pleasing environment to live, work and play.
In some cases. Generally, the forestry crew will respond to dangerous situations involving street trees and the street right-of-way. You can call 367-8222 for downed trees, splitting trees, hangers and large downed branches.
Smaller material is considered maintenance and is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to collect and dispose of these branches properly. Small material is any branch less than 6 inches in diameter, (approximately the size of a coffee can), no matter the length.
The forestry division will be happy to inspect any trees growing in the parking strip. We will contact you with a follow-up recommendation after the inspection.
Private tree inspections will be referred to the private arborists or the State Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry, (605 362-2830).
No. Young trees require shaping so the branch tips do not interfere with the street or sidewalk. However, the lower third of the tree should have all branches removed to the trunk. See Tips for Tree Care page.