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Parks & Urban Forestry
Programs & Core Services

Landscape Services  
Recreation, Parks & Open Space landscaping crews are responsible for preserving and protecting Norfolk's parks and other outdoor public areas for aesthetics, recreation, education, and conservation. Vacant city lots, parcels, and school properties are maintained within city code. The landscaping services team manages the mowing of nearly all city-owned property. Factors such as rain, holidays, and storm response can affect the schedule.

Below are projected mowing schedules. Note that dates are subject to change due to special events, inclement weather, and storm response/cleanup. 

Major parks will continue to be mowed on a weekly basis or kept usable to include Lafayette, Lakewood, Northside, Poplar Hall, Berkley, and Tarrallton.

The 2018-2019 Facilities Maintenance Weatherization schedule is now available. 

Urban Forestry
Recreation, Parks & Open Space tree crews are responsible for the management of approximately 200,000 trees throughout the city, 80,000 of which are considered street trees (trees that line the city’s streets, between the road and sidewalk).  Noting the abundance of trees throughout Norfolk, the rating scale below is utilized to provide Norfolk residents with the best possible service and a clear understanding of how tree trimming, removal, and replacement is prioritized. The main priority of the city’s tree management is public safety, therefore those trees posing an immediate safety concern are prioritized first. Norfolk’s Tree Mitigation Standards .

Necessary tree work is rated on a 1 to 4 scale, 1 being the highest priority.

1. Emergency.
  • Trees that pose an immediate risk to public safety and should be pruned or removed as soon as possible
  • A tree that is actively uprooting or splitting and could fall at any moment and may cause significant harm to the public or property.
  • A tree or limb that has fallen and is blocking traffic.
  • A tree or limb that has fallen on an occupied structure or automobile.

2. Urgent.

  • A tree where uprooting or splitting is not actively progressing.
  • A tree that is significantly blocking traffic lights or STOP signs, warning lights or signs at school crosswalks, and significantly impedes clear vision of vehicular traffic.
  • Dying or recently dead standing trees that do not pose an immediate risk to public safety.
  • Damaged or dead limbs greater than two (2) inches in diameter that do not pose an immediate risk to public safety.
  • Trees with significant structural defects that could lead to failure at some point in the near future.
  • Failed limbs/branches in yard or lawn strip between the sidewalk and street curb.

3. Routine.

  • Trees with progressive decay and/or in decline.
  • Trees with poor structure.
  • Limbs or branches touching buildings or other structures.

4.  Winter.

  • Crape myrtle and other tree species suckers (sprouts from the base of the tree).
  • Low hanging limbs over sidewalks.

Due to the amount of safety-related workload, city tree crews only remove the basal sucker sprouts (small stems emerging from the base of the tree) from crape myrtles as necessary, during the winter months. Since it is not possible for city tree crews to prune all crape myrtles or other trees each year, residents are encouraged to remove basal sucker sprouts and small low hanging limbs/branches (1 inch diameter and smaller) on city trees in the right of ways adjacent to their property when they mow the grass.  This will provide a more manicured streetscape and enhance the beauty of Norfolk’s neighborhoods year round.  All pruning must be done from the ground with non-powered hand tools.  Small sucker sprouts can easily be removed by rubbing them off while they are just emerging and supple.  Remember, topping of trees is not an approved pruning practice and is never allowed. Please view these tree care tips before removing crape myrtle suckers. 

Contact Information
Parks & Urban Forestry Inquiries: 757-823-4023

To submit a tree service request call 757-664-6510 or complete the online form.

To request a street tree planting complete this form or call Norfolk Cares at 664-6510. Tree crews will assess your suggested planting site to determine if it is a proper location and plant an appropriate tree species during planting season. Please note, city crews plant new trees mid-November through February.

Contractors: If you are performing work in close proximity to any city tree, a tree permit application is needed. For additional information, contact the Parks & Forestry Office. 

Citizens concerned about tree limbs near overhead power lines should contact Dominion Power at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).  The city does not prune trees around overhead utility lines, such as those for Dominion Power, Cox Communications, etc. This is the responsibility of the utility company whose lines are within that overhead easement. Dominion prunes trees on a an approximate 3 year cycle, and the communications companies only prune when there is a current disruption in the transmission of their data.

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