Individual tree planting occurs every year. Residents who require a tree for their nature strip should contact us.
If you are enquiring about the maintenance of street trees or tree maintenance in parks you should also contact us.
Damaged Street Trees
Have you noticed a damaged, dead or diseased tree on your neighbourhood or in a local park?
- Advise us of the location of the tree.
- We will arrange for an arborist to inspect the tree within the next 5 working days.
- If you are a resident, a card will be left in your letter box advising you when and what action is to be taken.
Ph: 8470 8888
Watering Street Trees
Under the Yarra Valley Water Drought Response Plan, street tree watering with a mobile water tanker has exemption under every stage of water restrictions. Darebin has obtained the relevant exemption to continue the program.
Residents are encouraged to water newly planted street trees in accordance with current restrictions. Mature drought tolerant trees should not require additional water unless during times of extreme drought in which case residents are advised to use grey water.
Infill tree planting program
Darebin City Council plants approximately 250 trees per year as part of the infill or single tree planting program.
Following a request for a tree to be planted on a residents’ nature strip, Council’s Planning Arborist will inspect the location to determine if:
If both of the above are true, then the tree is added to the program to be implemented in the next planting season (April to September). All available spaces are usually planted as part of this process.
If there is no suitable tree theme, then the street will be scheduled on the whole-street tree program.
Whole street tree planting program
Darebin City Council plants approximately 1200 trees per year as part of the Greenstreets or whole-street planting program. This program assesses all trees in the street and consults with the residents to determine a suitable tree theme to plant in all available opportunities. All species offered are tailored to the particular needs of the street with a range of trees, including native and exotic. The ‘right tree for the right spot’ is offered as per Council’s Urban Forest Strategy
A map for the upcoming whole-street planting program can be viewed here
A street list for the upcoming whole-street planting program can be viewed here.
Electrical Line Clearance management and block tree pruning
Darebin City Council has a two year cyclic program that prunes all street trees to ensure compliance with electric lines clearance regulations, maintain the health and aesthetic appeal of the City’s tree population. All street trees are pruned to regulated clearances from electrical lines, road and pathways.
Darebin Councils’ approved Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan can be viewed once approved by Management.
A map and timing of the pruning blocks can be viewed here.
Shading and Solar panel access
Shading is often a desirable service provided by street trees helping to reduce the heat island effect. In some cases shade can conflict with other elements of a street.
Council receives tree removal requests because shade from a street tree conflicts with their solar panels, vegetable garden or entry garden.
A tree will not be removed solely because of the shade it casts on private property. Each request for tree removal will be assessed on its individual merits. (Further information can be found in Councils GreenStreets Strategy)