What is the Energy Tree Program?
The Energy Tree Program established in 1993 by the Hutchinson Utility Commission is a program that funds the delivery of trees and mulch for Hutchinson residents in an effort to reduce future energy consumption. Trees can help reduce energy by providing shade from the sun in the summer months and blocking cold northwest winds during the winter months.
The energy tree program provides for up to 3 trees to be delivered to the homeowner’s property for a flat fee of $15. Homeowners will consult with the city arborist on which varieties they would like and talk about planting locations for these trees. Trees will then be delivered with mulch, fertilizer, and staking materials if needed. There is also a tree planting video available to residents. Tree Planting Video.
When planting trees, be sure to get your underground utilities located by utilizing https://call811.com/. The energy tree program trees are in 10 to 15 gallon pots. The pots are 18 inches deep and 14 inches wide. For better tree planting success, plan on digging a 20 inch wide hole that is 18 inches deep. In some parts of town this size hole is relatively easy to dig. In new developments it can be quite difficult so plan ahead when applying for the program.
We have access to the following varieties for next year:
Hackberry Autumn Blaze Maple Princeton Sentry Ginkgo Evergreens:
True North Seedless
Urban Pinnacle Oak
Crimson Spire Oak
Prairie Stature Oak
Rising Fire Blue Beech
Ivory Silk Japanese Tree Lilac
Harvest Gold Linden
Fall Fiesta Maple
Royal Red Maple
Burgundy Bell Maple
Dakota Pinnacle Birch
Autumn Treasure Ironwood
Crabapples – pink, white and red
River Birch – clump and single stem
Black Hills Spruce
Autumn Blaze Maple
Princeton Sentry Ginkgo
These are the varieties that we have ready access to and do well in most soil conditions here in town. We are able to access other varieties should something unique be requested.
How do I get an Energy Tree?
We are now accepting applications for the 2024 program.