Parkway Tree Program

A blooming tree, the City logo and the text "50/50 Parkway Tree Program"

Please note: The application period is now closed for fall plantings through the 50/50 Parkway Tree Program.

The City saw a great response from residents interested in beautifying their neighborhoods, and all available funding has been allocated.

Applications for spring plantings will be accepted after Jan. 1, 2024.

The City of DeKalb encourages the planting of trees to enhance the community through beautification and aid environmental sustainability. To support this effort, the City will cover half the cost to purchase and plant parkway trees. Along with sharing the costs with residents, the City will arrange the planting by a tree service.

For the program, the Public Works Department has selected species that grow well in parkways and will help diversify the community’s tree population. The species are listed on the application form. The trunk size at the time of planting is two inches in diameter.


  • Residents may have up to two trees planted. 
  • Trees are planted in the parkway, which is the area between the curb and sidewalk. Trees cannot be planted on private property.
  • Applicants must be the property owner, and payment is made at the time of application.
  • Trees may be planted under utility lines; however, the applicant must select a species identified as appropriate for under wires.
  • The property owner is responsible for watering the tree(s). After planting is completed, the soil should be watered thoroughly and then watered weekly whenever a dry spell occurs during the first spring, summer and fall.