Winston-Salem Yard & Tree Resources
On this page, you'll find resources to help you deal with any issues that may arise related to tree service in Winston-Salem, such as permitting, debris removal, weather alerts, and more.
We want to ensure that you're fully informed and comfortable that any tree work we do for you is done properly and in compliance with any Winston-Salem regulations.
There are also tree-related programs and events that you may find helpful, as well as links to relevant city departments.
If you need tree service in Winston-Salem give us a call!
The Beaver Tree Service tree care professionals can safely remove your tree(s), eliminate tree stumps, prune and shape trees for health and beauty, and help your trees withstand storms.
Seasonal Tree Care Checklist
Knowing the simple things you can do each season to keep your trees healthy can make a big difference in their safety and appearance.
Tree and yard work often depends on weather conditions. Know what the forecast is and check air quality measures before starting outdoor work.
The goals of the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection and the Environmental Assistance and Protection Board are to protect public health and the environment of Forsyth County by minimizing the impacts of environmental contaminants, educating the public about pollution prevention and promoting conservation of natural resources in the community.
This constantly-updated site tracks tree, grass and ragweed pollen counts in Winston-Salem, NC so you can plan your outdoor time without aggravating your allergies.
This forecast for ozone and particulate matter gives you a good idea of what air quality in Winston-Salem is expected to be like over the next 3 days. Plan your time outdoors accordingly.
Brush, Leaf & Yard Waste Disposal
Leaves, brush and other yard waste can be disposed of and/or collected by the city of Winston-Salem Department of Sanitation.
REQUIREMENTS & PLACEMENT
- Brush must not exceed 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length.
- Brush should be big enough to be collected with a pitchfork.
- Brush must be placed neatly at the curb with all limbs facing the same direction in an accessible area.
BRUSH NOT COLLECTED BY THE CITY
- Commercially cut brush
- Brush cut from vacant lots or from businesses or apartments
- Brush mixed with other materials such as garbage, junk or household trash
- Brush that does not meet the size requirements, including tree stumps
- Brush placed in inaccessible areas, such as under wires, tree branches or blocked by vehicles
- Brush is collected on a regular basis (roughly every 21 days) by the city from January 1 through October 31.
- Collection may take more than 21 days if there is heavy brush volume, such as after a storm.
- Between November 1 and January 15, brush collection is very limited because of loose leaf collection. However, small branches, sticks and shrubbery clippings placed in yard carts with a valid collection sticker will be collected weekly on your regular yard cart collection day.
- No excess brush loads will be collected during leaf season.
Leaf collection begins in early November and is done one quadrant at a time, working in a clockwise direction.
There are three rounds of leaf collection. Check the Winston-Salem leaf collection map for updates or call City Link at 311 for assistance.
Follow these leaf collection guidelines:
- Rake leaves to the edge of your yard, behind the curb, and not in the street.
- Sticks, rocks, and other debris may damage our equipment. Please, leaves only.
- Do not park vehicles on, in front of, or near your leaves.
- Do not put your leaves on a tarp.
Inclement weather may force a change in the leaf collection schedule.
Remember, you MAY NOT burn leaves inside the Winston-Salem city limits.
For year-round leaf collection, put leaves in a city yard-waste cart.
N.C. State Law prohibits the disposal of yard waste (e.g., leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, brush, etc.) in sanitary landfills. That means it cannot be thrown out with the regular trash.
Yard Waste Management Facilities
There are two permanent yard waste drop-off and processing sites where you can take any yard waste that doesn't fit in your yard cart (or that you need to remove before the Sanitation department pickup) -
- Overdale Yard Waste Facility at 4010 Old Milwaukee Ln. in Winston-Salem [Map]
- Forum 52 Yard Waste Facility at 180 Northstar Dr. in Rural Hall [Map].
Both of these facilities, operated by a contractor, Wallace Farm, accept yard waste from the general public, private companies, and the City Sanitation yard waste collection crews throughout the year.
All yard waste other than loose leaves received at both facilities is ground and then transported to the contractor’s facility in Davie County.
Loose leaves delivered to the Forum 52 Yard Waste Facility are composted and distributed free of charge to the general public in the spring of each year.
Yard Waste Operating Hours
|Days||Overdale Yard Waste Facility||Forum 52 Yard Waste Facility|
|Monday – Friday||7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Closed|
Both facilities are closed for the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
For more information about the yard waste facilities, please call CityLink at 336-727-8000.
You can purchase a 96-gallon yard-waste cart that is used for residential pickup of yard waste (sticks, branches, leaves, grass, garden clippings, etc.). A year sticker, which must affixed to the cart and is renewed every year, is included with the purchase. Your new cart will be delivered to your house by the City of Winston-Salem Sanitation Division.
If you already have a yard waste cart and don't need to buy another one, you can purchase just a sticker for the new year (fiscal year of July-June) by using the online order form: www.cwsonline.org/yardcarts.
The Winston-Salem Sanitation Department will pick up Christmas trees from single-family homes within city limits. Trees will be collected at the curb during regular city brush collection. All lights, decorations, stands, and nails must be removed from trees. Please be aware that it may take several weeks to collect all the trees.
Call 811 before you dig!
It's also a good idea to call before having tree work done - particularly stump grinding, tree removal and large pruning.
Q & A
Residential open burning (burning leaves, tree branches, yard trimmings, logs, and stumps that originate from your residence) is NOT allowed within the city limits.
It is ONLY allowed in the cities or townships that do not provide yard waste pick-up.
That depends. If a tree is being removed as part of a development or building project that requires a land disturbing permit (an erosion control permit), you will need to comply with the tree preservation provisions of the Winston-Salem Tree Ordinance. Otherwise, no permit is required.
Permits & Trees
Under the Tree Ordinance adopted in 2009, the city of Winston-Salem requires trees to be included in the development plans for any project requiring a "land disturbing permit."
In 2009, Winston-Salem adopted an ordinance, as part of the Unified Development Ordinances, that pertains to landscaping standards and tree preservation.
It only applies to construction and development projects that meet certain criteria, not to homeowners seeking to do work (or have work done) on their own trees without any associated construction/development work.
>> See the Winston-Salem Tree Ordinance
Any development project or building permit requiring a land disturbing permit (erosion control permit), either issued through the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Inspections Office or the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR), unless otherwise exempted by the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), must comply with the Tree Preservation requirements of UDO Section B.3-4.2 and B.3- 4.2.1.
The Tree Preservation Checklist includes a list of suggested plant material drawn from common trees and shrubs suitable for use in the Forsyth County area. These are all trees that will grow well here in Winston-Salem.
Tree-topping in Winston-Salem is prohibited for trees on city property or right-of-way!
The City of Winston-Salem Tree-Related Departments
This program is responsible for enforcing ordinances related to trees within the city and is coordinated by the Urban Forester.
It's also responsible for all maintenance on trees on any city property. This includes planting trees on rights of way and in parks, removal of hazardous trees, and cleanup of storm damage. In total, the section’s 14 employees are responsible for over 100,000 trees!
The Urban Forestry also monitors utility companies for proper work activities around trees, and inspects all existing forest canopy within the rights-of-way, parks, and city properties to determine viability, safety, and work programs related to trimming.
For more information please call (336)748-3020.
>> Visit the Urban Forestry website
Vegetation Management is charged with maintaining all landscapes, turf and trees on rights of way and in parks throughout the city of Winston-Salem.
Properly managing trees and shrubs on city property or right-of-way, as well as on private property, is an important part of keeping our city beautiful and safe.
To help you do that, the city provides several informative videos:
>> Visit the Vegetation Management website
This department provides activities for people of all ages through recreation centers, 74 parks, greenways, pools, historical sites, golf courses, and other facilities.
Winston-Salem has 25 miles of greenways, incorporating paved and unpaved trails, boardwalks, and bridges. Some of our greenways connect to each other, enabling longer excursions.
>> Visit the Recreation & Parks Department website
Tree-Related Programs & Events
Community Roots Day is an annual volunteer tree-planting event sponsored by the CAC, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, and the Winston-Salem Vegetation Management Department.
For more information on Community Roots Day, see the Community Roots Day page.
This local chapter of Keep America Beautiful allows you to "adopt" a flower bed, park, stream or street. It is responsible for enhancing the appearance of the city through clean-up events, beautification projects, and educational activities.
>> Visit the Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful website
The organization is part of Winston-Salem's Office of Sustainability and encourages you to provide feedback to the city on what you think the priorities should be around sustainability efforts.
This group, located within the Office of Sustainability, is an affiliate for the national Bee City USA. It seeks to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.
>> Visit the Bee City USA website for Winston-Salem
Through the Memory Program, city residents can honor the memory of a loved one while doing something constructive to make Winston-Salem a better place to live.
You can select the type of tree you want planted and work with the program coordinator to determine the best park location for the tree on city property. A weatherproof tag will be placed around the tree with the name of the person in whose memory the tree has been planted.
Upon request, the city will let you know when the tree will be planted.
Memory Trees are planted in the spring and the fall, but can be ordered any time.
The general cost for the trees range from $57.50 - $120.
Call the Recreation Department at 336-659-4305 and arrange to purchase of a Memory Tree.
>> Visit the Memory Tree website