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Want to increase your property value? Plant a tree

Original post made on Jul 10, 2023

Front-yard trees can greatly impact a home's value depending on their condition, placement and species. Find out which trees to plant for the best curb appeal on the Midpeninsula.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 10, 2023, 3:44 PM

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Posted by Paly Grad
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 11, 2023 at 10:43 am

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If you live in Palo Alto to request that a Public Street Tree be planted in the City's right-of-way at your residence please contact the Urban Forestry Section at (650) 496-5953.

Urban Forestry Section staff will inspect the available sites at the location to determine if a new tree can be supported. In some cases factors such as a restricted planting area, proximity to underground utilities, or overhead utilities conflicts may prevent a site from being planted.

South Palo Alto residents can also request a tree as part of the South Palo Alto Tree Initiative. Web Link

Posted by Green Gables
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 11, 2023 at 5:22 pm

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The roots of the lovely City of Palo Alto trees can grow into the sprinkler pipes which the City does not cover the cost of new sprinkler equipment. I just paid $670 for replacement. Also, if the tree falls over on a person's house, does the City cover the cost of replacing the house or part of the house?

Posted by Cameron Dietz
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2023 at 12:08 pm

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So long as no one is promoting the planting of messy ginko trees.

Posted by Helen Wicks
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 12, 2023 at 12:33 pm

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Trees that drop leaves (deciduous) should be discouraged to eliminate the need for leaf blowers and/or rakes.

Posted by Miranda Morales
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 12, 2023 at 4:07 pm

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Planting palm trees along various city streets would give Palo Alto a SoCal/Palm Springs vibe and requires no water.

Posted by Comment
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2023 at 7:42 am

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I would suggest people don’t plant more Redwoods unless in the foggy hills. A better choice around here is the beautiful big Incense Cedar that is not a water hog.

Happy for this column. Trees are vital for beauty, health and to combat climate change.

Posted by Comment
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2023 at 8:08 am

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By the way - the Palo Alto program to get a free tree planted is for south Palo Alto (south of Oregon/Page Mill) where there are far fewer trees than north PA.
The City has a goal of 10,000 new trees in 10 years. And it’s not just street trees (city owned), it’s for private property too - in your yard.

Posted by Carole Templeton
a resident of Woodside
on Jul 23, 2023 at 9:56 am

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Does PA also offer fruit-bearing trees?

Posted by Expatriate From Ladera
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jul 23, 2023 at 12:03 pm

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Good point Ms. great-parents had a basic philosophy regarding trees. If a tree is incapable of bearing edible fruit or are unsuitable for lumber, don't bother planting them.

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