The tree the city planted has died or is not thriving. Will the city replace it?
Subdivision street trees and Cooperative Tree Program trees are warrantied for a period of one year after they are planted. If they are dead or dying within this one-year period, the contractor will replace them.
Will the city pick up or chip branches / brush / shrubs located on my property?
No. The city does not pick up or chip branches or brush from trees or shrubs located on private property. The city's trash hauler, GFL Environmental, provides seasonal pick-up of woody debris. See the trash pick-up and recycling sections of our website for further details. Private tree services may offer chipping and/or disposal of branches and brush for a fee.
The following locations will accept brush and other woody debris from trees for disposal for a fee - call for current fees and information:
Environmental Wood Solutions
3500 Giddings Rd.
Lake Orion, MI 48359
1741 School Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
2260 Auburn Rd.
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
When is a Tree Removal Permit required?
If trees are on or adjacent to the property, a Tree Removal Permit may be required. Please visit the Tree Removal page of our website for more details. Tree Removal Requirements
Can my neighbor trim my tree if the branches cross over into his/her property?
This is a civil matter over which the city has no authority. We have been advised in the past that a neighbor can trim overhanging branches over his/her property as long as it doesn't do serious harm to the integrity of the tree.
There's a newborn fawn in my yard and the mother is nowhere in sight. What should I do?
Leave the fawn where it is and do not disturb the area. The mother is almost always nearby. It is not uncommon for does to leave their young unattended for hours at a time. The reason for this unusual maternal action is that the fawn is better protected away from the doe. The presence of the doe would attract predators because the doe lacks the protective coloration of the fawn, and the older and larger doe has a much stronger odor. Look and enjoy the experience, but do not try to offer the animal any help.
In the event it is known the fawn has been abandoned; for example, the doe is dead nearby, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources website (link below) for a list of DNR licensed rehabilitators, who are trained to handle wild animals and know how to release them so they can live in the wild.
Are foxes a threat to people or pets?
Foxes are only a maximum of 15 pounds and are not a danger to people, rather they are afraid of people. However, they do not like cats, so pets should not be left unattended. Foxes can be easily discouraged with ammonia soaked rags and moth balls. If their den has been discovered, they typically will move on.
Coyotes have been seen in my neighborhood. Should I be concerned?
Coyotes are found not just throughout our city but in every county in Michigan. They have no interest in humans and are shy, reclusive small mammal eaters. They are nocturnal but can be seen during daylight hours when feeding their pups. They mate for life and are very territorial with a large home range, so seeing one in a neighborhood is not cause for alarm as it may be 5 miles or more away tomorrow. They view cats and dogs as competition for food, so these pets should be accompanied by the owner when outside, especially at night. If seen, the coyote should be scared away by waving arms, loud noises and even throwing something at them. This way they retain a healthy respect and fear of humans.