The purpose of the Shade Tree Department is to beautify Freehold Township by planting trees, caring for existing trees and promoting the importance of this valuable living natural resource.
- Tree List for Planting (PDF)
- Evergreen Planting List (PDF)
- Standards for Heritage Trees (PDF)
- National Arbor Day Foundation
- Putting the Right Tree in the Right Place
- Durand Park Memorial Arboretum Brochure and Application (PDF)
- Over-Mulching Trees (PDF)
- How to Mulch Trees (PDF)
- Tree Problems (PDF)
- How to Hire a Certified Tree Expert (PDF)
- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Community Forestry - General Resources for Homeowners
- A neighbor’s tree branches extends over my property - can you help?
The Township has no legal authority regarding tree disputes on private property.
- Who trims the branches from street trees?
The homeowner is responsible for required tree pruning where the tree originates on private property. It is likely that greater than 95% of all Beautification street trees in the Township originate on private property. The Freehold Township Shade Tree Commission (FTSTC) recommends residents contact a NJ Board Certified Tree Expert (CTE) for all tree pruning concerns. It is assumed the consumer protections offered by the CTE Board control of CTE licensing are worthwhile. CTE listings can be found in the phone book under "Tree Services" or online.
- Who takes care of fallen or broken hanging branches?
The property owner is responsible for any branches or debris that may fall from their trees. The Township conducts a yearly brush pick-up each spring: please check with Department of Public Works for the pick-up schedule. Brush may also be dropped off at the Recycling Center Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 8 am and 3 pm.
- Who repairs sidewalk damage?
Freehold Township provides a program to assist homeowners in replacing the sidewalk and aprons in the public right-of-way. Learn more about the Sidewalk/Driveway Apron Replacement Program or contact the Township Engineering Department at 732-294-2070.
- Who prunes tree branches in wires?
The local utility company in Freehold Township, JCP&L (First Energy), is responsible for removing branches near or in the electric wires. Do not attempt to trim trees near electric wires! Notify JCP&L at 1-800-662-3115 of any electric wire concerns.