Tree Management

The Tree City, U.S.A. program was set up to encourage the planting and care of trees and shrubs throughout urban areas of the United States. The City of Laurel has been involved with this program for many years. Participation in Tree City, U.S.A. represents a strong community commitment to management of trees and other natural resources. The Tree City, U.S.A. program helps residents learn what they can do to make their community a better place in which to live.


Public works is committed to planting trees in the public right-of-way twice a year during the fall and spring season.  Property owners may request to have trees planted in front of their homes by public works or themselves with permission from the Mayor and City Council. Planting locations and species must be approved by the City.  To do so or request additional information and assistance please email us at [email protected] or call us at 301-725-0088.

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Special Programs

The City is willing to participate with homeowners, developers and associations in special cooperative tree planting programs. With enough interest, trees may be obtained for such projects at especially low prices. Please call us for more information.


You must keep all privately owned hedges, shrubs and trees trimmed to prevent the blocking of any sidewalk. Also, if you live on a corner, please try to avoid causing traffic visibility problems in selecting planting locations and by keeping hedges and shrubs properly trimmed.

3 Simple Guidelines:

  1. Tree limbs should be pruned 7 feet above the sidewalk.
  2. Tree limb's, shrubs and bushes should be kept back at least one foot behind either the sidewalk or curb if no sidewalk is present.
  3. Tree limb's and shurb's should not obstruct any traffic control devices like signs or signals, street lights or the view of traffic at any intersection.

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The City hires contractors to remove diseased trees, dead trees, and low hanging hazardous limbs in the City right-of-way. Such work is subject to State Permit requirements. Please call us to report any dangerous trees. Property owners are responsible for tree maintenance and removal of trees on their property. Please call Public Works if you need assistance or information.

Questions or Comments

If you need any additional information or have any questions or comments, please call us at 301-725-0088 or you may e-mail us at [email protected].

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Public Works

The Department of Public Works provides refuse and recycling collection, city infrastructure management and maintenance, snow and ice removal, and quick and effective responses to inclement weather damage.