Trash, Recycling, Water

How can I get a tree planted in front of my house?
Complete the Tree Planting Request form(PDF File) and mail it to the Forestry Division.
City agency
Recreation and Parks
Who should I call if my tree needs pruning?

Contact 311 to report a tree that needs pruning. Trees, unlike shrubs, only need to be pruned every five to seven years. Topping is very unhealthy for a tree. Pruning of city trees is usually done in order to elevate it high enough so that people can walk on the sidewalk. It is elevated so that trucks will not damage them. We also prune away from lights and stop signs. It’s a benefit to the homeowner when trees grow over their house because it will contribute to lower utility bills.

City agency
Recreation and Parks
Who maintains the City's street trees?

Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks’ Forestry Division maintains the city’s street trees with four in-house crews and nine contract crews. There are approximately 200,000 street trees in Baltimore City. Regular maintenance includes pruning, watering, mulching and removal when a tree is dead. Citizens can assist with this effort by watering and mulching the trees in front of their houses. This will enable the Forestry Division to focus more on trees in the medians and commercial areas of the city.

City agency
Recreation and Parks
What can we do about a sidewalk that's uplifted by a tree?

Contact 311 and request that the Footways Division come out and repair the sidewalk. We will NOT remove a tree because it conflicts with a sidewalk. The city of Baltimore has invested much time and energy into allowing a tree to grow to full maturity. Large trees provide many benefits to the citizens of Baltimore. Some examples of these benefits are absorbing storm water, cleaning the air of pollutants, shading the streets, providing a buffer to cars, increasing real estate values and lowering utility bills. There are many new approaches to incorporating large trees with pedestrian walkways and they still provide a safe experience.

City agency
General Services
Where can I find the City's Landscape Manual?

The Landscape Manual is currently being developed as part of the TransForm Baltimore Zoning Code rewrite process. It will include landscaping and screening standards for new development and redevelopment within the City to promote attractive development, protect property values, and provide environmental benefits. The DRAFT Landscape Manual is available on the TransForm website.

City agency
Planning