Tree Montgomery planted hundreds of trees in 2015!

December 18, 2015

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has planted hundreds of trees this year through Tree Montgomery. This new initiative aims to reverse the loss of tree canopy due to development, storm damage, and the age of many trees in the County. The program is funded by the Tree Canopy Law.

Tree Montgomery, developed and implemented by DEP, provides free shade trees to increase canopy coverage and raise awareness of the benefits of trees. Restoring our natural canopies improves our watersheds by reducing sediment and other pollutants into our streams, improves air quality, and provides a more aesthetic environment.


Contractors planting a tree

Contractors planting trees at a multi-family community earlier this year.


The program began this past spring. Single-family homes, businesses, multi-family properties, and homeowner associations (except in Rockville and Gaithersburg) are eligible to request free shade trees from the County. The trees planted through the program are 10-12 feet tall when installed and will grow to over 50 feet tall when fully mature. DEP provides two years of free aftercare, including watering and pruning.

“The number of residents who have expressed interest in this program is incredible,” said DEP Director Lisa Feldt. “These trees will help replenish the County’s aging canopy, provide numerous environmental benefits such as cleaner air and water, and add economic value to our communities.”


Row of young trees

Trees waiting to be planted this fall!


North Potomac resident Jason Brodsky received a free shade tree during this year’s spring planting. “My family was thrilled to have a free shade tree from the County planted in our front yard. The folks from the County were very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to work with them. The County’s contractor did a terrific job planting our sycamore tree. It’s a very beautiful addition to our home that we will enjoy for a long time!”


Aerial view of young trees

An aerial view of some of the trees that will be planted this fall.


Due to the overwhelmingly positive response that the program has generated, current tree requests are being scheduled for planting in 2016.

To request a free shade tree, sign up at


6 comments on "Tree Montgomery planted hundreds of trees in 2015!"

  1. Jeff Bergman says:

    I am President of a condo…how can we participate/sign up for this tree program?

    1. Gwen Bausmith says:

      Hi Jeff, you can sign up for the program by visiting Enter the address of at least one of the condo buildings in the online form and be sure to select the option near the bottom of the form that indicates you are in a multi-family community. You’ll be placed on our list and one of our tree experts will be in contact with you in the near future. Thanks for your interest!

  2. John Rentz says:

    Why are trees planted under power lines?

    1. Gwen Bausmith says:

      Hi John,
      All of the large-growing shade trees planted as part of the Tree Montgomery program are planted a safe distance from power lines. Smaller trees, such as dogwoods or redbuds, may be planted under power lines in order to safely provide a variety of aesthetic and environmental benefits, but are not available through Tree Montgomery. I hope this helps answer your question! If you need any further details, feel free to send us an email:

  3. Jian says:

    I had made the request in multiple occasion over the past year, but no action has been observed since late 2014. Is the tree planting program legit?

    1. Gwen Bausmith says:

      Hi Jian,
      Thank you for contacting us. I have passed your information along to our Tree Montgomery team and they will look into your request. Someone will contact you directly at the email address you provided in the form. Thanks!

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