Village of Silver Lake Shade Trees

Benefits of Trees

Trees are an integral component of Silver Lake’s urban environment and one of our most cherished assets. Studies have shown that street trees not only beautify neighborhoods but also:

  • Increase property values
  • Stabilize the soil by controlling wind and water erosion
  • Reduce noise levels and cleanse pollutants
  • Produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide
  • Decrease residential energy consumption
  • Provide habitat to wildlife
  • Reduces storm water runoff

For these reasons, city trees are an investment worthy of proper and dedicated care.

Do You Know?

The Village is responsible for the ownership and maintenance of nearly 900 trees. Tree maintenance includes everything from planting, mulching, pruning, and removal.


  • The trees on the devil strip/tree lawn are Village-owned trees. They are planted and maintained by the Village.
  • On streets with no devil strip/tree lawn/sidewalk, the Village owns a portion of your front yard, referred to as the “right of way”. Ninety percent of this “right of way” is 25′ from the center of the street.
  • Any trees located in the “right of way” space are Village-owned.


  • The Service Department plants and prunes the devil strip trees and will remove these trees, when necessary.
  • The Service Department creates the mulch beds around new trees and waters new trees.
  • Homeowners maintain the devil strip/tree lawn area. This includes mowing the grass and weeding the mulch bed. If mulch is added, it should be no more than 2″ deep and away from the trunk flare. Learn more by clicking here.


  • Maintain existing trees with correct pruning and mulching.
  • Plant new trees in prepared soil, water and fertilize properly.
  • Plant LARGE SPECIES trees to replace those lost to age, disease and construction.
  • Advocate for green space!!!

For further questions, contact the Service Department at 330.923.5233.

Shade Tree Commission Ordinance

This Ordinance establishes an advisory board to promote the regulation and control of the planting and maintenance of trees and shrubs on Village property, such as tree lawns, Fauser Arboretum, and street islands. Click here to read the Ordinance.

Tree City USA

In 2018, the Village earned our 25th Tree City USA award. To receive this award, we must meet these 4 standards:

  1. A Tree Board or Department.
  2. A Tree Care Ordinance.
  3. An annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita.
  4. An Arbor Day observance.


First Thursday every other month at 1:00 p.m.: February, April, June, August, October, December at Village Hall. Please confirm data and time with Village Calendar.

Shade Tree Commission Members

Beth Schluep, 330.715.7627,

Hank Gulich, 330.686.1912,

Polly Bloom, 330.554.6639,

Sheri Petrosek, 330.603.2968,

Ben Gregory, 330.923.5233,

Advisor: Marcia Mandela, 330.414.4608,

Proper mulching exposes tree root flair for healthy growth.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. The Village removed a tree from my devil strip. Will it be replaced? The Service Department’s goal is to have every available planting site filled and follows a planting schedule.
  2. How can I have a Village-owned tree planted on my devil strip/tree lawn/right of way? Contact the Service Department with your request.

Tree Inventory

Every autumn the Tree Commission inventories 1/5 of the Village-owned trees, assessing tree health, growth, and maintenance needs.

This data is collected and utilized by the Service Department to help maintain a healthy canopy.

Helpful Links:

Division of Forestry Website

Trees are Good Website