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Tree Planting Guide

Click here to download a copy of the tree planting guide. Thanks to the Janesville Urban Forest Alliance (JUFA)  for creating this brochure.

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Firewood on Public Land

Each fall or winter, if trees are available for removal, the Parks Division allows Janesville residents to obtain dead park trees for their own use as firewood. The City cuts the trees down, and for a small fee ranging up to $30 per tree, permit holders may then cut up and remove this wood. Call the Parks Division if you wish to have your name placed on a future contact list regarding these sales.

Street or Terrace Trees

The City of Janesville Parks Division encourages property owners to plant trees within the terrace area in front of their property. The City is not responsible for tree planting, tree care, or tree removal on public terraces abutting private property. The Parks Division has a brochure on the types of trees that are desirable - including general characteristics about trees, growing conditions and planting guidelines. This brochure was produced by the Janesville Urban Forest Alliance with the help of a DNR Urban Forestry Grant. Click here to download a copy, or contact the Parks Division to receive a copy. Call the City Services Center for questions about trees.

The property owner is responsible for the care, maintenance, and removal of trees within the terrace area. A tree must be kept trimmed so that its lower limbs are at least 7 feet above the sidewalk, and 15 feet above the surface of the street that the tree extends over.

Tree and Shrubbery Requirements: Hazardous to Passersby

It shall also be the duty of every owner of any tree, bush, shrubbery or vegetation of any kind which stands within the limits of any street, or which is so located or growing that if any of its limbs, branches or other foliage fell it might create a hazard to those lawfully using the street or sidewalk, to remove all trees, bushes, shrubbery, vegetation or limbs thereof which are so aged or decayed, or in such condition so as to create a hazard to those lawfully using the sidewalks or other portions of the street. (Ord. 12.24.020).

Ord. 12.24.50 gives the property owner ten days to comply with orders from the street commissioner (Operations Department) or city engineer to remove or trim trees or shrubs deemed hazardous. After that time period the City will do the necessary work and the costs will be invoiced to the property owner.

Wood Chips & Compost

City residents may take wood chips and compost for personal use without charge from the City compost site, located adjacent to the Demolition Landfill off Black Bridge Rd. Compost is generally available, however, it is not screened and may contain large branches or other debris that must be removed. Wood chips are available only when local tree services drop off excess material. Wood chips may contain branches or other debris and are often unavailable. Depending on the material in the wood chips they may be very high in nitrogen or chemicals which can cause damage to plants. Use caution with incompletely composted material. These materials are available during regular Compost Site and Demolition Landfill hours of operation. For more information visit the Compost Site and Demolition Landfill webpage.

Insects That Harm Trees

Gypsy Moths

Gypsy moths were initially found in 2000 within Janesville Parks. Gypsy moths were imported from Europe in 1869. This importation resulted in defoliation and devastation of trees and forests from the East Coast moving west. The moths entered Wisconsin in 1971. They are a generalist species, meaning they will feed on many different species of trees and will lay their eggs on almost anything. If left unchecked, gypsy moths can grow in numbers and defoliate many trees. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture - Trade and Consumer Protection manages the aerial spray program. Information about the program is available by calling 1-800-642-MOTH or visit the Department of Natural Resources web site.

Emerald Ash Borer

Please visit our EAB webpage ( to learn more about the EAB in Janesville.

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