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Department of Public Works

Forestry Division



Office Hours:
1200 Parkway Drive
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

(313) 343-2460
(313) 343-2622

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,

*Please check the City Calendar for holiday office hours.

This division is responsible for the maintenance of trees, shrubs, flowers and grass throughout the City and parks. It is responsible for cutting 75 acres of grass weekly, as well as condemnation of diseased trees. All city ash trees are being monitored for signs of emerald ash borer infestation.  Ash trees are being removed and replaced as they become diseased. Call 343-2460 for a list of licensed trimming and removal contractors.

The Forestry Division works closely with the Beautification and Tree Commissions to coordinate reforestation and landscape projects. In 1979 the City implemented a reforestation plan using only acceptable trees for street plantings financed with tax money. Residents who may want to plant these same trees on private property may obtain a complete list of acceptable trees with information on color, branching, height, etc., by calling 343-2460.

Trees are trimmed every eight years according to the district maintenance schedule. Our tree trimmers have been trained to trim properly to eliminate storm damage and traffic hazards, to prevent disease and give the proper clearance over sidewalks and street. Upon the advice of authorities, we do not use tree paint, which some research indicates slows the rate of wound healing.

Subject to availability, wood chips and compost are offered free to residents at the Public Works yard, at the corner of Marter Road and Parkway, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your own shovel and container.

Pear Tree Trellis Rust

Trellis Rust (aka European Pear Rust), caused by the fungus Gymnosporangium sabinae (=Gymnosprangium fuscan), has spread throughout Southeast Michigan. Originally from Europe, the disease may represent a serious health threat to Pyrus species, both ornamental and fruit pear types.

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Oak Wilt Disease

Oak wilt is a deadly disease affecting oak trees caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum. A tree’s demise from oak wilt occurs rapidly with symptoms consisting of leaf discoloration, wilt, and defoliation. It is important to avoid wounding or pruning oak trees during the growing season from April 15 to July 15 to prevent spreading the disease.

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Emerald Ash Borer

Ash Borer

The following locations are now open for business to receive ash tree materials for disposal at no cost to the parties delivering the wood. There are a total of four locations available with their hours included. Additional sites will be shared as they come on line. The MDA website will be updated with this information as well.

Emerald Ash Borer - MDA (Website)
  • Mid Michigan Recycling
  •    24935 21 Mile Road
  •    Macomb, MI 48042
  •    HOURS: Mon - Fri 8 to 5
  • Asplundh Tree Expert Co,
    Plymouth Industries Yard
  •    13101 Eckles Road
  •    Plymouth, MI 48170
  •    HOURS: Mon - Fri 8 to 5
  • City of Pontiac
    Sanitation Division
  •    24935 21 Mile Road
  •    Macomb, MI 48042
  •    HOURS: Mon - Fri 8 to 5
  • City of Westland
    Department of Public Service
  •    37137 Marquette
  •    Westland MI 48185
  •    HOURS: Mon - Fri 7 to 5
                  Sat - 9 to 5

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