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Tree Care and Resources


The City of Takoma Park offers discounted tree plantings for private property for the Spring and Fall planting seasons.Orders are now being accepted for the Spring planting season. Orders are due by February 21st. Plantings are expect to occur sometime after March 15th. Click here to download the Order Form.

Trees offer numerous benefits to your property and the public at-large, including cooling the city, intercepting stormwater, supporting a robust local ecology, and providing beauty to our urban landscape. With a changing climate and increasing environmental stressors challenging our mature tree populations, planting new young trees is more important than ever. You can be a part of this important cause by having a tree planted in your yard and we are here to help you make that happen.

We look forward to working with you to restore the urban forest canopy of Takoma Park and beautify your yard!


Informational Links and Presentations

Nov 4, 2019 – Tree Workshop -Recorded Presentation:
– Beetles, Borers & What You Can Do 

Bartlett Tree Experts, by Dr. Kevin Chase, PhD, Entomologist
– Factors of Oak Decline (White Paper)

University of MD Extension Home & Garden Information Center
– Why are so many Oak trees dying this year?

University of MD Extension Home & Garden Information Center
– Water Tips During A Drought


Contact Information:

Urban Forest Manager
Email: urbanforestmanager@takomaparkmd.gov
Phone: 301-891-7612



Spotlight: Invasive Vines and Trees

Invasive vines pose a significant threat to trees. They can weaken and eventually kill a tree by:

  • Smothering the tree and blocking vital light to its leaves.
  • Making the tree more vulnerable to blow over in a storm due to the vines’ added weight and windsail effect.
  • Climbing, twisting, girdling, and strangling the tree, cutting off the flow of water and nutrients.

Invasive vines can also smother and kill herbaceous and shrub plants closer to ground level, reducing biodiversity and ecological health.

To protect the health of the urban forest, Takoma Park code has a provision that requires control of the growth of invasive species and other vines or vegetation that may damage trees. If you are concerned about Takoma Park’s urban forest, please be a good neighbor by removing invasive vines from your property.

A few comments on vine removal:

  • Complete eradication of the invasive vine is ideal, but challenging. If resources are limited, the priority should be the removal of vines that are growing up trees.
  • An infested tree can often be saved simply by cutting the vine near the base of the tree. Since you have cut off its connection to its roots, the vine growth on the tree will die.  Periodic cutting will be required as the vine regrows.
  • Be careful when excavating the roots of an invasive vine as you do not want to damage the roots of trees or other plants that are to be preserved.
  • Make sure not to cut into the tree or rip its bark off as you cut or remove the vine.

Key vine species of concern include:

  • Porcelain Berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Kudzu (Pueraria lobate)
  • Japanese and Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda and sinensis)
  • Wintercreeper (Euonymous fortunei)
  • Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

A number of groups are active in the area that can help you learn more about invasive vines, how to identify them, and how to remove them from trees:

  • See the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s (CCAN) webpage for a how-to video and instructions for vine removal. Or signup for one of their volunteer events here
  • Learn what Friends of Sligo Creek is doing.
  • Become a Montgomery Parks Weed Warrior and get certified to remove invasive plants in Montgomery Parks, including Sligo Creek, Long Branch, and certain other Takoma Park parks. Click here for more information.


Quick Links

Visit our webpages for additional resources on Tree Care:
The following links are a helpful resource in selecting tree species:

Other Resources:

  • Conservation Montgomery offers Home Tree Care 101 classes in English and Spanish.

The City offers assistance for tree removal of dead or hazardous trees for low- and moderate-income residents (85% of the median income for Montgomery County).  The Emergency Tree Fund Criteria and Homeowners Application can be found here:

Tree Care and Resources Sections