The Fort Worth Tree Grant Program – Free trees for residents

Guidelines for Landscaping in Parkways

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Caring for trees during a drought

Video courtesy of the Texas Forest Service. Craig Fox


Texas ForestryService Website

You have the power to increase property values, improve air and water quality, lower heating/cooling bills, reduce crime and build community engagement in your area – all for free!   Round up fellow residents and enlist your group in the Neighborhood Tree Planting Program (NTPP), offered by Fort Worth's Forestry Section.   This is a community-building group effort and not intended for individual use.   The NTPP provides free trees to neighborhood groups for planting in city-owned parkways or other public property within the neighborhood and is open to residents within Fort Worth city limits. More Information

Remember the city requires the trees to be planted on city property; that is between the sidewalk and the curb.   The homeowner is required to plant the tree and take care of it for at least two years.   Care includes watering it deeply about once a week.   Remember your lawn sprinkler system is not enough to keep your tree alive.   Information on this program including color photos of the trees and planting/care instructions can be found by clicking on the text below the tree icon on this page.

Sidewalk damage is a common concern among homeowners and is an issue studied by foresters and tree groups all over the country.   The trees distributed for parkway planting by the City of Fort Worth Forestry Section have been carefully selected, in large part, for their rooting habits.   All the medium and large canopy trees that we provide have deep root systems that should minimize any potential sidewalk damage.   Decades ago, trees such as American elm and sycamore were common, but those are now prohibited species for parkway planting, because of their destructive tendencies.   If any damage is to occur, itís likely to be 20+ years from now and modern paving concrete typically doesnít have that much lifespan anyway (they just donít make it like they used to).   Small canopy trees that we utilize either have deep root systems, or a small enough root system not to be of concern to sidewalks.

Homeowners can diminish the likelihood even further by planting approved species, utilizing proper planting techniques, and by watering slowly and deeply rather than light, frequent applications.

I would like to clear something up about these trees.   Because the city donated these trees, there is an implied permit to plant them on city property (between the sidewalk and curb).   Once this is done, the trees become city property.   When they mature, the city will maintain them and trim them if needed.   They are then no longer the resident's responsibility.   In fact, a permit is required from the city to remove them - dead or alive.

This information was provided to me by Will Pemberton, Tree Farm Crewleader, City of Fort Worth, Parks and Community Services Department.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any of this.

John Neuwirth
1908 Kristen Ct
You can reach me at

Check here for information on the tree planting program. Free Trees


Melanie Migura
City of Fort Worth
Parks & Community Services Dept
Forestry Section
4200 S. Freeway, Ste. 2200
Fort Worth, TX 76115


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