In Your Yard

Celebrate Trees in the Yard

Have some green space around your home or business- Consider planting a tree to honor a special person or event in your life. You will help the environment, beautify your yard and have a lasting remembrance that grows year after year!

Tree Planting & Care

In Norfolk, the ideal time to plant a tree is between October 15 and March 31. During these months, weather conditions are cool and allow for root establishment before spring rains and summer sun promote top growth. However, you may plant a tree at anytime, provided you are attentive to its care, particularly watering.

Utility Lines

The city does not prune trees around overhead utility lines, such as those for Dominion Power, Cox Communications, etc. This is the responsibility of the utility company whose lines are within that overhead easement. Dominion prunes trees on an approximate 3-year cycle, and the communications companies only prune when there is a current disruption in the transmission of their data.

Citizens concerned about tree limbs near overhead power lines should contact Dominion Power at 1-866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).

Additional Instructions

Detailed instructions for planting, pruning and other tree care topics are set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture.


For individuals and businesses lacking space to plant a tree, donating to the Living Legacy Grove fund is a great way to give back to your community and help the environment. A personalized recognition certificate from the City of Norfolk suitable for framing or scrapbooking is provided to all donors.

Note to Homeowners

Always call Miss Utility before digging, so that utilities such as underground water, sewer and telephone may be marked for damage prevention. Dial 811 or 800-552-7001 at least three working days before beginning any digging project.