The City may elect to plant trees on the boulevards and/or allow adjacent residents this right upon receiving a permission from the Public Services Department. The following are the guidelines for planting on the boulevards of Anoka.
The following planting criteria should be observed at all times. Trees shall be planted:
- At least 30 feet from street intersection
- At least 10 feet from alleys and driveways
- 10 to 18 feet from a utility pole
- 10 to 15 feet from a fire hydrant
- At least 6 feet from private sewer and water services
- At least 6 feet from street signs and cross walks
- A minimum distance of 3 feet from the back side of the curb, increase distance by 1 foot for every 12 inches of mature trunk diameter. (Red Oak mature trunk can have a diameter of 36 inches, this tree should be planted 6 feet from curb).
In general, follow these spacing guidelines:
Mature Crown Spread
10 to 20 feet on center
Amur Maple, Columnar Norway Maple, Crabapple
15 to 35 feet on center
Celebration Maple, Ohio Buckeye, American Hornbeam
30 to 50 feet on center
River Birch, Kentucky Coffeetree, Green Ash, Ginkgo
45 to 75 feet on center
Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Pin Oak, American Linden
60 to 75 feet on center
White Oak, Northern Red Oak, Bur Oak
Tree Trimming and Care
Boulevard trees are located within the right-of-way (ROW). The size of the ROW varies greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, especially in those where there are no curbs, no sidewalks or the street is wide/narrow. The city will perform routine maintenance of boulevard trees, which may include trimming lower branches hanging over the roadway or sidewalk, trimming of the tree crown to remove hazardous limbs, or sometimes, complete tree removal. If you are not sure whether or not a tree in your yard is a boulevard tree or private tree please contact the Public Services office for assistance.