Energy Tree

Energy Tree Planting

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:



 

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 2023 season.

 

2023 Energy Tree Application


 

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