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Tree Care and Resources

Contact Information:

Urban Forest Manager
Phone: 301-891-7612

Plant New Trees – Make a Difference!

The City of Takoma Park offers discounted tree plantings on private property for the Spring and Fall planting seasons.  Orders are currently closed, but check back here in September to place an order for the Fall 2021 season.

Trees offer numerous benefits to the public at large, including cooling the city, intercepting stormwater, supporting a robust local ecology, and providing for aesthetic improvement of 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




Quick Links

Brood X’ 17-Year Periodical Cicadas and Trees





Below is a brief statement from the Urban Forest Manager.  For more information, please see the more extensive article written by University of Maryland Extension Specialist Stanton Gill, which can be found at this link:

The 17-year periodical cicadas are set to start emerging in May.  This year is ‘Brood X’, which is an exceptionally large brood for our region. This natural occurrence will be quite the spectacle, but you may have heard of some tree-related concerns to be aware of.

  • The female cicadas lay their eggs on small-diameter branches of trees and can damage the branches in the process.
  • Smaller trees with a higher proportion of branches under 0.5” diameter and recently planted trees may experience added stress from this damage. However, we are hoping that with vigorous tree stock and good tree healthcare practices most young trees will be able to make it through.
  • Typical tree healthcare practices like watering during dry periods and maintaining a broad area of mulch around the tree will be important to help the trees remain healthy.
  • Residents may choose to install netting with ¼” openings around high-value young trees during the period of egg-laying to protect them from the damage.
  • It is impractical to install netting on every young tree in the city so residents are advised to be judicious in deciding if they want to net a particular tree.
  • After consulting with other local tree-planting organizations, it is the policy of the Takoma Park Urban ForestManager’s office to continue with tree planting, as usual, this spring.
  • We will be monitoring the situation closely as cicada emergence begins.  Healthy established trees are less susceptible and should be able to recover from the damage without much concern.
Visit our webpages for additional resources on Tree Care:
The following links are a helpful resource in selecting tree species:

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:



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