What is the Energy Tree Program?
The Energy Tree Program established in 1993 by the Hutchinson Utility Commission is a program that funds the planting of trees on private property 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
As usual when digging be sure to call 811 before planting trees. City staff can provide help with planting for residents with physical restrictions if needed. There are 2 restrictions in regards to assistance with planting:
- City crews will not plant trees on property that has an underground sprinkler system. The amount of issues presented by potentially damaging private irrigation systems has led to this decision.
- Residents must be willing to allow small to medium sized (50″ wide) powered equipment on their property and planting sites must be accessible to this equipment. This can be discussed with the arborist during the energy tree application consultation.
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?
The energy tree program is closed for the season, we will have 2024 applications available September 1, 2023.