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Keeping our urban forest healthy and safe is a priority. We’re proud to have earned the Tree City USA designation, and with the community’s help, we can help keep our trees and city beautiful for generations to come.

Street tree ordinance

Trees in the right of way

Man trimming treesTrees that are on your property and located in the public right of way are considered your responsibility as the homeowner. Typically, the right of way is approximately 12-15 feet from the back of the curb. The city has the right to trim or remove trees in the right of way for safety reasons, but general maintenance is the property owner's responsibility.

You are not required to replace a street tree if you remove one from your property.

Right-of-way tree trimming

During January, February and March (and other months when we see problems), our certified arborists and highly trained staff trim trees along the public right of way. We may trim trees if they:

  • Are damaged, diseased or dead.

  • Are causing a sight, sign or sidewalk obstruction.

  • Have low-hanging or broken branches.

  • Need to be trimmed to promote healthy growth.

Report tree clearance/site distance issues

Tree diseases and pests

In recent years, several tree types commonly found in Lenexa have experienced diseases or pests that may affect your street trees.

Emerald ash borer – Ash trees represent about 25 percent of our urban forest, and we have found heavy infestations of the emerald ash borer throughout Lenexa.

Recommended trees 

We recommend the following trees for planting in the right of way, due to their strength, size and ability to thrive in our area:

  • Bald cypress

  • Black gum

  • Elm (newer cultivars)

  • Greenspire littleleaf linden

  • Green vase Japanese zelkova

  • Norway maple (no red leaf cultivars)

  • Sawtooth oak

  • Shademaster locust

  • Shingle oak

  • Sugar maple

  • Swamp white oak

  • White oak

Tree care

Use the following resources to help you learn how to properly care for your trees:

Contact information

Curt Talken, Landscape Supervisor, 913.477.7146,