All City Residents
Due to the breakdown of the city’s two solid waste trucks garbage pickup will be delayed. Hopefully, the garbage truck will be running Friday, May 24th.
Thursday’s garbage route will be picked up first after the garbage truck is repaired and Friday’s route will be picked up Saturday, May, 25, 2013 if possible.
We apologize for our residents’ inconvenience.
Public Works Department
City of Colstrip
#1: Don’t Top Trees!
Never cut main branches to stubs. Many arborists say that topping is the worst thing you can do for the health of a tree. It starves the tree by drastically reducing its food-making ability and makes the tree more susceptible to insects and disease.
#2: Use the 1/3 and 1/4 Rule of Pruning
Never remove more than 1/4 of a trees crown in a season. Where possible, try to encourage side branches that form angles that are 1/3 off vertical (10:00 or 2:00 positions).
#3: How to Make a Pruning Cut
A: Make a partial cut from beneath.
B: Make a second cut from above several inches out and allow the limb to fall.
C: Complete the job with a final cut just outside the branch collar.
Make a sharp clean cut, just beyond a lateral bud or other branch.
#4: The Value of Mulch
A tree's best friend, mulch insulates soil, retains moisture, keeps out weeds, prevents soil compaction, reduces lawnmower damage, and adds an aesthetic touch to a yard or street.
#5: Where the Root Really Grows
A: Because roots need oxygen, they don't normally grow in the compacted oxygen-poor soil under paved streets.
B: The framework of major roots usually lies less than 8 to 12 inches below the surface.
C: Roots often grow outward to a diameter one to two times the height of the trees.
#6: Girdling Kills Trees
Girdling is any activity that injures the bark of a tree and extends around much of the trunk’s circumference. Often caused by lawnmowers and weed trimmers.
#7: How to Plant a Containerized Tree
Ideally, dig or roto till an area one foot deep and approximately 5 times the diameter of the root ball. The prepared soil will encourage root growth beyond the root ball and results in a healthier tree.
#8: How to Plant a Bare-Root Tree
It is best to plant bare-root trees immediately, in order to keep the fragile roots from drying out. If you can't plant because of weather or soil conditions, store the trees in a cool place and keep the roots moist.
#9: You’re Street Trees Maybe City Trees
If you live in atown or city, the trees near the street (often between the sidewalk and street), areprobably city-owned. The city should have a program for planting and caring for these trees. Respect local ordinances as to what trees can be planted, how to prune, etc.