The Winston-Salem Vegetation Management Department - Winner of the Community Appearance Commission Award
The Vegetation Management Department is charged with maintaining all landscapes, turf, and trees on rights-of-way, city-owned property, and in city parks with the overall goal of providing a safe and beautiful city for resident and visitors of Winston-Salem.
Vegetation Management Staff mow approximately 1,000 acres of grass located in parks and rights-of-way on a biweekly basis. They also make sure that all landscapes in these areas are properly maintained and kept looking their best. With over 55 acres of landscaped areas, staff work hard to control weeds, prune shrubs, and mulch all areas. Staff also plants over 1,000 trees, 35,000 perennials, 65,000 annual flowers, 40,000 bulbs, and spread roughly 15,000 cubic yards of mulch each year.
The Urban Forestry staff maintain over 100,000 trees on city property. Not only does this include the planting of trees but also the removal of hazardous trees, pruning of limbs and cleanup of storm damage. The City Urban Forester also educates the public on proper tree pruning through educational seminars and a video that airs on TV 13.
The Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful program within the Vegetation Management Department works with the community on litter education and prevention, community clean-ups, and environmental education.
The Vegetation Management Department consistently strives to establish and maintain a beautiful city landscape for its residents and visitors. It also engages the community in educational programs.