Tree Lawns

Requires submittal of Design Review Request.

A “tree lawn” is the area between a sidewalk and the curb.  Any tree lawn area adjacent to an owner’s property is the responsibility of that owner to maintain.

All tree lawn landscaping projects require the submission of a Design Review Request..

The LCMA, like the city and county of Denver, believes that Tree lawns are an integral component of the streetscape, with the general goal of creating a park-like character and setting to the community.  Street trees are located within the tree lawn and often establish a continuous overhead canopy embracing the street. The lawn under the trees also reinforces the continuity of the parkway landscape.

If the Request includes the replacement of an existing, or planting of a new tree(s) in the Tree Lawn, then the request must include a copy of the City of Denver Forester’s approval for the tree type selected for placement in the Tree Lawn.

For more information on removing, planting or replacing trees in the tree lawn, which has its own set of guidelines and City of Denver Forestry rules, please see the Trees section of this document for more information

The LCMA recognizes that responsible water management is often conflicted with the goal of a park-like setting for tree lawns, and the LCMA supports both goals, and will review Tree-Lawn Landscape proposals with both goals in mind.

As such, stone or other ground cover material may be used as an accessory only, and must have borders that secure that material and do not allow its encroachment onto the adjacent streets, sidewalks or neighboring properties.  Tree lawn landscaping must allow for on-street parking and pedestrian access to the sidewalk, and appropriately consider sight line and right of way visibility requirements.

Proposals that include large stones or boulders or tall native grasses in the tree lawn will generally be denied. Drought tolerant grasses or other drought tolerant groundcover will be considered, provided that at maturity, this groundcover remains low-lying (6 inches or less), and is generally harmonious with the horizontal heights and scale of neighboring tree lawn areas.

As applies to all landscaping within Lowry, Tree Lawns shall be regularly maintained, be kept free of weeds, with trees appropriately trimmed, to support appearances within the Community.

The sudden and deep freeze of November 2014 caused significant damage to many trees in the metro area. The Denver City Forester stresses diversity in replanting. As of 2015, the top recommended shade trees for Denver’s climate include:

Late September and October are generally excellent times to plant trees and many nurseries offer sales during this time of year as well.

Please remember that permits are required to remove or plant trees in the public right-of-way.

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