Bicycles should never be chained to trees. Damaging the bark opens the plant to pathogens that may be an invitation to disease or decay.
Insects & Disease Control
Contact the Parks Department
at (605) 347-9018 for information on insects or tree disease.
If you need help deciding which tree to plant, consult the Tree List for South Dakota
. or The Planting Guide for the City of Sturgis
Newly planted street trees are mulched at the time of planting. Mulch settles and breaks down over time, so adding a little mulch each spring or fall is beneficial.
Mulch should not
be heaped next to the trunk of the tree. A small gap should be left between the trunk and the mulch.
Benefits of mulch include:
- Retention of soil moisture
- Weed and grass control
- Protection of the trunk from mowing equipment
- Erosion control (mulch breaks the impact of rain)
- Improved soil structure (better aeration, temperature, and moisture conditions)
- Improved appearance
Tree Planting in Rights of Way
Sturgis Parks Department recently was awarded a $4,000 tree-planting grant. Trees will be planted in parks and rights of way.
Call (605) 347-4422 to see if you qualify to have a tree planted in your right of way. There is a $5 permit fee and applications can be filled out at:
1040 Harley Davidson Way
Sturgis, SD 57785
Plan Your Watering Schedule
New street trees require little more than regular watering. A newly planted tree will require six to eight gallons of water every 10-14 days. Take amount of rainfall into consideration when planning your watering schedule. Sandy soil requires water more frequently than clay soils.
Be Careful Not to Over-Water
Over-watering interferes with the roots ability to exchange oxygen.
Check the Soil
Soil should be moist, not saturated. One test may be to take a handful of soil, and then close and open your hand. If the soil retains its shape, but is not sticky, the moisture content is favorable.