Tree management

​​Tree care resources

Trees are recognized as one of Charlotte’s greatest natural resources. They clean our air and water while providing shade and beauty. Pruning is one of the many ways for us to protect our tree canopy. 

Healthy tree 

A healthy, natural looking Crepe Myrtle properly pruned and cared for over time

Topped tree

Improperly topping a Crepe Myrtle will shorten its life expectancy, making it weaker and less attractive​

Pruning

When pruning a tree, you should always consider the natural structure of a tree. For most trees and shrubs, pruning should be done during the winter when it is easier to see the correct branches to cut. It is a good idea to consult an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)-certified arborist who is familiar with the Charlotte Tree Ordinance before cutting trees.​ 

​Choosing a tree

Trees have many benefits, but not all are right for all planting sites or climates. Tree selection and placement are two of the most important decisions a homeowner makes when choosing a tree. 

Mulching

Mulching can provide many benefits, but improper mulching can actually harm the tree.

Pests

There are steps you can take to identify which pest(s) are harming your trees.

If you need professional assistance with a tree on your property, consult an arborist who specializes in ​the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Find an arborist. You are leaving CharlotteNC.gov