Street Tree Care

Street Tree Pruning and Removal

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation prunes mature street trees and removes dead and hazardous street trees as necessary. We also maintain trees in neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and playgrounds owned by the City of Philadelphia. Please note that we do not remove living, healthy trees, nor can we work on private property (including alleys).

Property owners are also welcome to hire a certified arborist to maintain their street trees at their own expense. Contractors must obtain a tree work permit from the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Street Tree Management office
by calling (215) 685-4362 or (215) 685-4363.

Request Street
Tree Pruning
Report A Dead or
Hazardous Street Tree
Request Arborist
Contractors List

Basic Tree Care Tips

Trees need to stay hydrated, too! Check out this handout, which you can download and print, with basic tree care tips. Here’s a quick one: water newly planted trees 20 gallons per week from March through December for the first two years.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders

Established in 1993, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Tree Tenders program offers hands-on tree care training in the five-county Philadelphia region. The training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working within your community. PHS Tree Tenders has trained thousands of volunteers who plant and care for trees throughout the region. For more information on classes or to find a Tree Tenders group in your neighborhood, click here. You can also check out their video library with great tree care tips here.

Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center

The Organic Recycling Center in West Fairmount Park provides free mulch, compost, wood chips, and herbivore manure to Philadelphia residents. Residents can take up to 30 gallons for free each year. For a small free, residents can also drop off their yard debris (leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, brush, herbivore manure) at the Recycling Center. For location, hours, and more information, click here.

For More Information

Check out Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Street Tree Contract Management Office website. You may also contact them by phone at (215)685-4363 and (215)685-4362 or by email