Park Maintenance


Parks Maintenance Shop

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Location: 674 Franklin Street
Phone: (507) 453-1640
Hours: 7AM – 3PM. Mon. – Fri.
Tree Crew: (507) 457-8281
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The Park Maintenance Department is responsible for city parks (click button on left for map), lodges and shelters, ballfields, and bike paths. During the winter months their crews maintain outdoor ice rinks and cross-country ski trails. The Tree Crew carries out required trimming, spraying and/or removal of trees planted in boulevards, under the direction of the City Forester.

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The City of Winona Tree Crew is responsible for maintenance of trees planted in city boulevards.  Members of the Tree Crew receive periodic specialized training and have appropriate tools, vehicles and safety equipment.

Frequently asked questions:

What do I have to do to plant a tree in the boulevard?

Call the Tree Crew at 457-8281 to find out what species will work in the space.  Before planting, call Gopher State One-Call, 1-800-252-1166, to have them locate underground lines or pipes so that you can safely dig.

Who takes care of trees in boulevards?

The city’s tree crew trims trees in parks and boulevard areas.  To request removal of a broken branch or diseased tree, call 457-8281 and leave a detailed message.  It is the property owner’s responsibility to water the tree.

What trees does Xcel trim?

Xcel Energy hires licensed tree trimmers to trim trees under or near power lines in order to provide safe clearance.  The amount of clearance depends on the type of line.

Diciduous Tree Planting Selection for the Winona Area

Large Trees

Species Notes
Amur Cork Tree (Phellodendron amurense) City conditions, wide spreading
Basswood (Tilia Americana) Oval shape, pea size seeds, fast grower
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) City conditions, fall color yellow, male trees only, slow grower
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) Excellent tree, city conditions, pea size berry, nipple gall gnats
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) Strong tree, messy, do not plant near garden
Maple, Sugar (Acer saccharum) Needs rich soil, slow grower, fall color yellow-red, maintenance free
Locust Skyline (Glenditsia triacanthos “Skyline”) Light shade, poor soil, green foliage
Locust Sunburst (Glenditsia triacanthos “Sunburst”) Same as Skyline, yellow-green foliage
Red Oak (Quercus borealis) Fast grower, plant in protected areas, roots susceptible to construction damage
White Oak (Quercus alba) Slow grower but worth the wait, intolerant to soil disruptions

Medium Trees

Species Notes
Birch, river (Betula rigra) Attractive bark, doesn’t like alkaline soil, wet site
Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) Plant only in open parks – messy
Horsechestnut, Ruby Red (Aesculus carnia criotic) Ornamental fruit, wide spreader
Linden, Little Leaf (Tilia ordata) Pyramidal, dense tree
Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioica) Free spreading, slow grower
Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophoria Japonica) City tree, slow grower
Maple, Norway (Acer platanoides) Wide spreader, shallow roots, deep green foliage, dense
Maple “Crimson King” (Acer platanoides “Crimson King”) Same as Norway, red foliage
Maple, Varigated Norway (Acer platanoides drummondi) Same as Norway, white-green
Maple, Red (Acer rubrum “Tillford”, Scanlon”) Wet site, sandy soil park conditions, gets chlorosis easily
Oak, Burr (Quercus macrocarpa) Plant B & B, spring only, protect  from soil compaction, slow growth
Oak, Pin (Quercus palustris) Fast grower, chlorosis, sandy soil, drop limbs, pyramidal

Small Trees

Species Notes
Ash, Mountain (Sorbus Americana) Fast grower, red berries, fireblight, short lived, do not plant on boulevard – salt damage
Cherry (Prunus avium plena “Mazzard”, Scanlon”, Macki” etc.) Rich soil, blossoms, short lived
Crabs (Molus, “Radiant”, “Sargent”, “Hopa”, etc.) Blossoms, compact, park plantings, many forms and colors, wildlife tree
Ironwood (Ostrya Virginiana) Plant B & B, spring only, beech foliage, yellow fall color, slow grower, wonderful tree
Maple, Amur (Acer ginnala) Wide spreading, small tree, briliant red fall color
Pear, Bradford or Callery (Pyrus calleryana) Flowers, wide spreader, slow grower
Tree Lilac, Japanese (Syringa amurensis Japonica) Flowers, wide spreader, slow grower
Russina Olive (Elaignus antgustifolia) Park plantings, grey-green foliage, pea size berries, bird food, fast grower, short lived
Redbud, Eastern (Cercis Canadensis) Small, compact, pink flowers, fall color good
Chinese Chestnut (Castanea nollissima) Nuts, wide spreader, park plantings
Hawthorn (Crataegus spec.) Many varieties, compact tree, thorns

Avoid These Trees

Species Notes
Birch, Paper (Betula papyrifera) Birch borer, short lived, sun scald
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) Thorns subject to borers
Boxelder (Acer negundo) Weak woods, female trees attract boxelder bug
Poplar (Populus spec.) Roots block sewers, weak wood, fruit litter
Silver Maple, Soft Maple (Acer saccharinum) Weak wood, roots on lawn surface, block sewers
Willows (Salix spec.) Twig litter, weak wood, roots block sewers
Mulberry (Morus rubra) Messy, short lived, birds plant
Ash, White or Green  


Park & Recreation Main Office:  
207 Lafayette Street, Suite 105 507-457-8258
Winona, MN 55987