Due to the storm on Monday, August 10....

If possible, for vegetative debris, please utilize the Compost Facility at 901 Woodland Street, between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Fees are waived until October 1, to aid in immediate storm cleanup.  Transporting vegetative debris to the Compost Facility is greatly appreciated.  

Curb pick up of vegetative debris will end Friday, September 18.  Please call the Public Works department (641-754-5734) about vegetative debris not yet picked up from the curb.  Place no construction, building materials or such debris of any type at the curb.  The city will not pick up this type of debris.

The City will be commencing vegetative debris removal operations, covering the ENTIRE town, for the third and final time on Monday, September 21.  Any debris placed on City Right Of Way after that will be in violation of City Ordinance.

Trees with Hazardous Hanging Limbs

City staff have marked trees with red number indicating hazardous branches hanging over a right-of-way that will be removed. Please report dangerously hanging right-of-way tree branches to Parks and Recreation online, to or (641) 754-5715, Ext. 1.

Licensed Tree Trimmers

See the City of Marshalltown Licensed Tree Trimmers and the date their city license expires.

Terrace and Right-of- way Trees 

The Parks and Recreation Department oversees terrace and right-of-way trees within the City of Marshalltown.  Advanced approval is required to plant a tree on a terrace or right-of-way area by submitting a Tree Planting Permit.  Completed permits may be emailed to or mailed to 10 West State Street.  

Please report concern of diseased or damaged trees on a terrace or right-of-way online or call (641) 754-5715, ext. 1, or email. An evaluation will be completed and results of the evaluation will be mailed to the homeowner.


Information about pruning is available from the Sustainable Urban Forestry Training and Assistance (SUFTA).

Trees Forever

The Trees Forever committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Extension office, 2608 South 2nd Street in Marshalltown.  

To become involved in meetings, planting projects or with questions, contact our City Horticulturist, Kristin, at (641) 844-1854 or for more information.

Marshalltown Re-growing Strong as an Oak Tree Workshops

Workshops are offered periodically by members of the Trees Forever group. Topics include:
*Evaluating damaged trees: prune or remove?
*Replacing trees on terraces and in yards: City ordinances and stump removal.
*Tree planting and watering procedures.
*Limited number of free trees may be available. *Applications for terrace and yard trees.

No cost, pre-registration requested to help with planning.  Marshalltown Park & Recreation 641-754-5715,

Kids Time Out to Hug a Tree Workshop

This Workshop was enjoyed and may be offered again by members of the Trees Forever group.  Check back for details to join the fun of this hands-on workshop to help kids identify trees and learn the importance of trees in our community. There will be crafts, games, snacks and information about trees that most kids, and even many adults, may not be aware of!!

Trees Forever Logo

Tree & Bench Memorials

The City of Marshalltown welcomes the donation of trees and park benches. These generous donations will grace our public spaces for decades while providing a unique opportunity to honor a special person or to mark a notable event. The planting of the tree or placement of the bench will be done by parks staff. The City will assume continued maintenance.

Iowa Community Tree Inventory

In 2015 a Sustainable Community Forestry Assistance and Training Grant received which allowed volunteers to be trained in identification to complete a tree inventory. View a map of the tree inventory of Iowa and zoom in to view Marshalltown.

Benefits of Urban Forests

View a Tree Planting video from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Emerald Ash Borer

Concerns or questions regarding Emerald Ash Borer, please Iowa State University - Plant Diagnostic Clinic online with diagnostic questions or concerns or call at 515-294-0581.

Frequently Asked Questions 
Diagnostic Aid 
Photos within Marshall County found March 2018 
Management Options

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