A permit must be obtained from the City to plant vegetation in the parkway (the area between the curb and sidewalk or where sidewalk would be placed).

The City regulates the type of trees planted in parkway, as well as the trimming, removing or spraying of trees in this area. Permitted street trees include hardy oak and maple. Ash trees prohibited due to Emerald Ash Borer.

The Department of Public Works may send notices to individuals who have planted prohibited trees, bushes and shrubs in the parkway. Vegetation may have to be removed or trimmed to prevent vision problems for motorists.

Tree Program:

The City of St. Johns Tree Planting Program is a beautification effort, the tree is to be planted in the right-of-way (between sidewalk and curb). The City of St. Johns provides the tree and planting services. To inquire about this program or to be placed on the list to receive a tree, please contact our DPW supervisor at jritter@stjohnsmich.com or call 989-224-8944 Ext. 229. To learn more about trees within the city limits, please visit our code of ordinances, Chapter 96: Trees.