Tree Care

From tree selection and planting to pruning guidelines, this section covers everything you need to know to take care of your backyard trees.

Tree Planting

Video provides tips on planting a tree

Summer Tree Care

Learn how to keep your trees healthy, especially in Missouri's dryer summer months.

Tree Pruning

This video provides tips on pruning trees

In This Section

Missouri Urban Trees Booklet (pdf, 3 MB)

This full-color, 60-page booklet in helps you choose the best trees for your growing situations, plant them in the right places and care for them over time. It includes lists of species for Missouri, including alternatives to ash trees, which are vulnerable to the emerald ash borer.

Right Tree in the Right Place (pdf, 577 KB)

This brief publication helps you determine where and how to plant trees on your Missouri property.

How to Hire an Arborist

You spent a lot of time and money on your home landscape. Find and hire a trained arborist to protect your investment and your trees' health.

Purchasing Trees

Browse tips for purchasing and transporting high-quality Missouri trees from reputable sources.

Purchasing Trees Guide (pdf, 327 KB)

Print and carry this two-page guide when you start shopping for new Missouri landscape trees.

How to Plant a Tree (pdf, 284 KB)

This brief, illustrated brochure helps you select the right kind of tree for your Missouri location, then determine planting depth, dig the right hole shape and size, back fill, water and mulch.

Mulch — Your Tree's Best Friend (pdf, 322 KB)

Mulch helps provide the tree nutrients and keeps soil temperatures low, protecting its root system.

Care of Newly Planted Trees

Practice these simple maintenance tips to ensure well-established, healthy Missouri trees.

Watering Shade Trees

Proper watering keeps your Missouri shade trees healthy for life. Text, illustrations and video show you how.

Screens for Small Yards (pdf, 289 KB)

This four-page, two-color pamphlet shows you how to screen a small yard with Missouri's evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.

Basic Pruning Guidelines Brochure (pdf, 400 KB)

Learn when and how to prune your Missouri landscape trees.

Don't Top Your Tree (pdf, 227 KB)

When a tree is in the wrong place, removing it completely is the best option. This brief, illustrated brochure shows how topped trees and lead to danger and property damage.

Tree-Maintenance Timetable (pdf, 184 KB)

This brief, illustrated guide shows you when to water, mulch, pest-monitor, fertilize, stake and prune your Missouri trees.

Tree Care After Storms (pdf, 493 KB)

When storms damage trees, cleanup and recovery can be bewildering. Download some tips to will help you make the right decisions for your trees.

Ice-Melter Damage

Learn how to treat salt-damaged trees and soil, and protect your plants where ice melters are used.

Tree-Branch Flagging

Brown leaves appear on individual branches scattered throughout the tree crown. This condition of “branch flagging” can be caused by insects, diseases or weather-related injury.

Christmas Tree Care

Picking the right holiday tree and caring for it properly can ensure a safer, longer-lasting tree. These simple steps show you how.

Live Christmas Trees

After serving as a Christmas tree, a live Missouri evergreen can be planted outside to landscape your yard. All it takes is a little planning.

Tree Growth Information

Browse info about the needs and cultural requirements for Missouri deciduous trees, evergreens, and shrubs.


Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant

Get up to $10,000 to manage, improve, or conserve your Missouri community's trees. Deadline is June 3.

Protect Trees During Construction (pdf, 441 KB)

Save the beauty and investment in your Missouri property by managing your building area to protect trees. Color diagrams and a checklist show you how.

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