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The Public Works Department's Forestry and Grounds Division provides maintenance and care of approximately 16,500 Village-owned trees, and 151 acres of turf-growth property. Presently, 59 turf acres are maintained in-house, and 92 acres are maintained through contracted service. Maintenance of Village property includes mowing and lawncare. Crew members retain Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators and/or operator licenses. 

2017 Public Works Program Information

Click the following links for 2017 dates and additional information:

Christmas Tree Drop-off

Christmas trees and greenery may be dropped off at no charge anytime between Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and Friday, January 5, 2018 at the following locations:

  • Public Works Fleet Services building, 2405 Pembroke Avenue;

  • The field next to Fire Station 23, 1300 Westbury Drive; and

  • The field adjacent to Fire Station 24, 5775 Beacon Pointe Drive.

Signs will direct residents to drop-off areas at all locations.

Spring 2018 Branch Pickup Program: Dates and Locations

The Fall 2017 Branch Pickup Program has concluded. The Spring 2018 program will begin the week of Monday, April 23.

BrushPickup MapZone A: Beginning the week of April 23: all streets north of the I-90 tollway.

Zone B: Beginning the week of April 30: all streets within the boundaries of north of Golf Road, south of the tollway, east of Barrington Road, and West of Roselle Road.

Zone C: Beginning the week of May 7: all streets within the boundaries north of Schaumburg Road, south of Golf Road, east of Barrington Road, and west of Roselle Road.

Zone D: Beginning the week of May 14: all streets within the boundaries north of Schaumburg Road, south of Golf Road, east of Roselle Road, and west of Plum Grove Road.

Please place branches curbside prior to 7:00 a.m. the Monday of your designated week for branch pick-up. The Village is unable to return for branches placed curbside if they are not available for collection at that time. If you would like additional information, please call the Public Works Department at 847-490-6800.

Tree trimming
Parkway trees are the responsibility of the Village. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Public Works Department at 847-490-6800. A staff-certified arborist will be happy to assist you. Parkway trees are trimmed on a five to seven-year cycle. Trees are trimmed to remove dead, diseased or rubbing branches. A majority of the trimming is performed during the dormant season (late fall through the winter months) to remove hanging branches and correct deficiencies that occur throughout the year. Call Public Works at 847-490-6800 if your parkway tree has broken or hanging branches, or if it has been damaged from a storm.  The Village of Hoffman Estates has been certified as a Tree City USA community for 26 consecutive years.

Emerald Ash Borer - 2017 Update

The removal of Village-owned ash trees in Hoffman Estates due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is substantially completed. Remaining ash trees include those treated by residents and homeowners associations. Public Works crews and contractors have removed over 6,000 ash trees via this program.

The Department of Public Works is proud to report that the replacement of affected ash trees is also substantially completed. Over 5,500 trees have been planted as a result of the EAB replacement program. In some cases, removals will not be replaced due to overcrowding or concern for the health of other existing trees.

Due to the large number of trees planted in a short period of time, the Village is unable to water all replacement plantings. Residents who have received replacement trees are encouraged to continue watering the plantings regularly to improve their chance of survival. Additional watering is essential in the first several years after a tree is transplanted.

If you would like to know more about the Emerald Ash Borer, the Morton Arboretum provides additional information here: http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/help-pests/coping-emerald-ash-borer

Japanese Beetle information

Japanese Beetles continue to be a problem for residents of Northern Illinois, including the Village of Hoffman Estates. Leaves of affected trees will appear to be eaten with only the veins of the leaves remaining (skeletonized), which make the leaves appear similar to lace.

As the impact of Japanese Beetles is largely aesthetic and typically not detrimental to the health of trees, the Village does not treat Village-owned trees for this issue.

If you would like to learn more about the Japanese Beetle, the Morton Arboretum provides additional information here: http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/help-pests/japanese-beetles

Adult Larvae

On Leaf

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Branches blocking sidewalks

Bushes, shrubs and trees oftentimes block the sidewalk forcing pedestrians to walk on the parkway or in the street. If parkway tree branches are hanging over the sidewalk and interfering with pedestrian traffic, report the location to the Public Works Department at 847-490-6800. Homeowners should properly trim back any excessive landscape growth abutting public sidewalks on their property. The trimmings should be disposed of properly through composting or through the Village's yard waste disposal program.

Mulching around trees

Placing mulch around trees can help them thrive and maintain a healthy condition throughout the growing season. Mulching slows evaporation of soil moisture thus increasing the availability of this moisture as well as nutrients in the soil for the tree's root system to utilize. While mulching benefits trees in a number of ways, improper installation of this material can be harmful to the tree. Excessive mulch depth inhibits the flow of needed oxygen to the trees' root zone, and can cause root system decay and smothering. Piling mulch against the trunk attracts insects and rodents, which may feed on the trunk and subject the tree to decay. Proper installation practices involve placing mulch to a depth of no more than 4 inches over the root zone of the tree in a saucer-like fashion so as to keep the material away from the trees trunk and open to the air. This permits moisture to be maintained for the root zone but allows the trunk to stay dry preventing decay and insect and/or rodent damage.  

 

 

Improper Volcano Mulching

Proper Way to Mulch

Proper Saucer Mulching

Woodchips
Woodchips make excellent mulch for trees, shrubs and planting beds. Free woodchips can be picked up at the Public Works Fleet Maintenance Facility at 2405 Pembroke Ave. Contact Public Works at 847-490-6800 in advance to ensure availability. Deliveries of one-half or a full truckload can be requested. A half load is approximately four cubic yards -- producing a woodchip pile that will cover a typical (double car width) driveway apron approximately three feet high.