Do even large trees need to be watered?

Yes. Although requirements vary by species (see Salida Trees for additional information) almost all of our trees will require supplemental water. Trees send out their roots over quite a large area. Most of Salida’s mature street trees get their water when you water your lawn. If you reduce water to your lawn do so gradually ... more »

How much water does my new street tree need?

For the first THREE years, young trees need weekly water of about 15 to 20 gallons in summer. In WINTER your trees need monthly watering when the ground is not frozen. To check for frozen ground use a screw driver, if its blade can penetrate the ground so can water. If you fail to water ... more »

Are there some trees that may not be planted in the city?

Yes, see the Tree Ordinances in the code section of this website. more »

Are there some trees that may not be planted in the right of way?

Yes, all Evergreen trees, Aspens, Lombardy Poplars, Siberian Elms, Russian Olive and White Poplar are all trees that may not be planted in the parkway. In fact some of these species should not be planted at all within the city limits. more »

Where can I get information on trees that will grow well in Salida?

Go to the pamphlet Salida Trees located on this site or pick up a hard copy at the Salida Regional Library, City Hall, the CSU Extension office at the fair grounds or the Colorado State Forrest Service. more »

Can I pick the type of tree to be planted in front of my home?

The Tree Board attempts to respect the wishes of home owners as to species. We encourage to browse through Salida Trees to get ideas. However, availability, correct sizing and other considerations will be the final determinate. The Tree Board has final authority as to species. more »

Does the tree in front of my house belong to me or the city?

Street trees are the property of the city, however, it is a team effort. As a homeowner you are required to give the tree at your home basic care i.e. regular watering. The city is responsible for pruning and removal. You may remove, correctly prune, or replace your tree with permission from the city. See ... more »

Are there reasons I might not receive a tree?

Yes, your site must be able to accommodate a tree. Proximity to corners, fire hydrants, water meter pits, driveways, and over head power lines all make sighting a tree difficult. Trees in your yard may also make it difficult to plant a street tree. Finally, there must be a city right of way at your ... more »

How can I get a street tree at my home?

Fill out the adoption form or a paper form obtained at the Salida Regional Library or from Salida city hall. Forward the form to the Tree Board with the required information. A volunteer from the Board will inspect your site. If there is a suitable planting site, your name will be added to the list ... more »

Mayor Rose’s Commentary on Recent Budget Cuts

The financial blow up has resulted in two years of budget cuts. At this time the cuts total about $700,000. Financial forecasters lead many of us in the city to conclude revenue will continue to decline and there might be a need to cut the 2010 budget further.

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