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.
We have access to the following varieties for next year:
hackberry autumn blaze maple princeton sentry ginkgo
true north seedless
swamp white oak
urban pinnacle oak
crimson spire oak
fall fiesta maple
rising fire blue beech
japanese tree lilac
harvest gold linden
autumn treasure ironwood
crabapples – pink, white and red
river birch – clump and single stem
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 2022 energy tree program.