There are many ways to care for trees, from direct tree maintenance to advocating for stronger tree ordinances in your municipality.

Trees can benefit from care at any point in their life! Young trees need water and mulch, as well as pruning to train them into a successful form later on in life. Learn all you need to know about tree planting and care in our tree care booklet, Planting and Maintaining Trees in Coastal Georgia. 

Older trees also need care, especially when it comes to development and construction. 

Local tree ordinances help ensure that young trees are planted properly, and that old trees are protected so that they provide their benefits for generations to come. 

Six out of nine municipalities in Chatham County have tree ordinances, each with different regulations. 

Look up your municipality’s ordinance for more details! 


Arborists are professionals trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees. They provide a variety of services to help protect the valuable investment you have made in your trees.

Placement on this list is not an official STF endorsement-

be sure to do your homework before hiring a tree care professional.

right tree, right place

The key to a successful tree planting is making sure you plant the Right Tree in the Right Place. With a little bit of research and planning, you can choose the perfect tree for your space. 

Read our “Right Tree, Right Place” handout and browse our list of local trees to learn what trees may be right for your property.


Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30

Savannah Tree Foundation has developed a four-step guide to preparing your trees for hurricane season. Tree care is an ongoing task that should continue throughout the entire life of the tree. Don’t wait until a storm is coming to prepare. Download our Hurricane Prep Guide below!