Tree Owner’s Manual

By Johnson, Jill R. et al
St. Paul, MN (January 1, 2007)- One common issue facing our urban forests is the fact that trees are dying prematurely. Most are planted improperly, many do not receive regular maintenance, and few are adequately protected during construction projects. To help remedy this issue, the Forest Service has created this Tree Owner’s Manual.


Just like the owner’s manual that comes with automobiles and appliances, this booklet includes a parts list, instructions for installation, tips for troubleshooting common issues, recommended service, and more. As a small, black-and-white booklet, the Tree Owner’s Manual is inexpensive to reproduce so that it can be made widely available to garden centers, nurseries, landscapers, and arborists to hand out to customers. And like other owner’s manuals, hopefully it will be kept in a familiar spot and used as a reference over the course of the tree’s life.
Please feel free to make as many copies as you like and post the link or file on your website. In addition, any organization interested in printing and distributing the manual can have it’s logo printed on the cover. If interested, send the mailing address and logo in .jpg or .tif format to Jill Johnson.
Related Resources:
Tree Owner’s Manual for the Northeastern Midwestern United States (PDF)
US Forest Service- Tree Owner’s Manual