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Trees, Plants & Flowers

Flowers & Plants

Flower basket in Morden’s downtown area.

The Morden Parks Department maintains 94 flower baskets each summer. They also plant the many flower beds in the downtown area, at the Morden Civic Centre Garden, at the Access Event Centre and in the parks.

Trees

On average the Morden Parks Department plants 150 trees each year.

The City of Morden has an annual Tree Voucher Program for boulevard trees.  Click here for more details on the program.

BOULEVARD TREE – DO’S, DON’TS, AND REMINDERS
The trees on Morden’s boulevards are for everyone’s enjoyment and benefit. Everyone can assist in their establishment, maintenance, care and protection. No one person or property owner has the right to arbitrarily make decisions concerning these trees regardless of their location. The following are some DO’S and DON’TS concerning boulevard trees:

Do Don’t
WATER NEWLY PLANTED TREES Watering will enhance a new tree’s chances for survival. PRUNE BOULEVARD TREES
If trees require pruning, contact the Parks Department, who will evaluate the situation and take necessary action as soon as possible.
REPORT ALL DAMAGE
Repairs can only be made if the proper authorities are notified, regardless of cause.
REMOVE BOULEVARD TREES
Contact the Parks Department and provide details of your reasons for the removal request.
REPORT DISEASE & INSECT DAMAGE
If these problems are suspected, contact the Parks Department.
ACCIDENTALLY DAMAGE BOULEVARD TREES
Lawnmowers, bicycles, etc., when repeatedly contacting trees can cause substantial damage and even death to the tree.
REPORT VANDALISM AND VEHICLE DAMAGE
Supply names and license numbers to police when possible.
PLANT TREES ON CITY BOULEVARDS
Private planting can be arranged using the City’s Boulevard Tree Voucher Program.  There are City guidelines in place to assist you with the process.
ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF YOUR TREES

The above Don’ts are prohibited by specific City of Morden Policy CS-004 and Provincial Acts and Regulations, which carry specific penalties for violators. Observance of these few simple rules will go a long way to improving and maintaining the condition of Morden’s tree population and beautifying Morden’s boulevards.

*** REMINDERS ***

* Elm firewood, regardless of its source, is prohibited by law. Anyone in possession of it should dispose of it immediately.

* Pruning of American Elm trees is prohibited between April 1st and July 31st and pruning of Siberian Elm is prohibited between April 1st and June 30th.

*  TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY interfering with public right-of-ways are the responsibility of the property owner. If you are aware of, or bothered by, such trees, report their locations to the Parks Department. For excellent information on how to prune your trees, click on this link http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/treecareinfo.aspx

TIPS FOR GROWING A TREE!

We kindly request your assistance with maintaining your new tree during the first 2 to 3 years while the tree becomes established. Here are some helpful tips for growing a healthy tree.

  • Water your new tree regularly during the growing period (from approximately late April to mid-October). During periods of little or no rain, your new tree should be watered approximately twice a week. You should provide the tree with at least 8 liters of water per watering. Infrequent, deep soakings are better than frequent shallow watering.
  • Weeds (particularly grasses) are strong competitors for water and nutrients. It is essential to minimise this competition, especially in the early years when tree roots are being established. A one square metre weed free zone around the tree should be maintained for at least three years.
  • Wood chip mulch can be placed around the base of your new tree when it is planted. This will help discourage weed growth. Please do not pile the mulch or mound soil against the trunk of the tree as this can cause the bark to rot and kill the tree.
  • Please do not plant shrubs, vines or flowers around the base of the tree. Root damage will occur to the tree during the planting and cultivation of these plants and they will also compete with the tree for water and nutrients.
  • If tree stakes and support ties have been installed on your tree, the support ties should be inspected at the beginning of the second growing season and loosened, if necessary, to avoid abrasion or damage to the tree trunk. Support is not usually required by the end of the second growing season. The Parks Department will remove the support ties and stakes at the end of the second growing season.
  • Please do not prune, fertilize or spray the tree.

The Parks Department will help you maintain the new tree over the years as it grows. If you wish to request pruning or inspection services of these trees, please call us at
204-362-3999.