FAQs
  • What kind of trees does KIB plant?

    KIB plants over 75 species of trees, the vast majority of which are native to Indiana.  As biodiversity is extremely important to our urban environment, KIB strives to plant a rich variety of trees at each tree planting instead of just one or two popular species.

    KIB chooses species that tolerate urban soil and air quality, resist pests and diseases, and offer natural beauty and year-round interest to our city’s landscape.

    KIB also prefers to plant large shade trees over small ornamental trees whenever possible, because large shade trees offer the most significant environmental and health benefits to our community.

    Learn more about native trees to Indiana by looking at this Tree Species Fact Sheet provided by the Hoosier Heartland Plant-A-Million campaign. This list will provide you information about a variety of species of trees, most of which KIB routinely plants.

  • How big are the trees that KIB plants?

    All trees that are planted toward KIB’s Community Forestry goal of 100,000 trees by 2017 are at least 1″ caliper in diameter and are usually 6 – 12 feet in height.

    KIB often plants in challenging urban conditions. Trees of 1″ caliper or more have a greater chance of surviving these conditions. Larger trees also make an immediate visual impact on the community.

  • Can my neighbors and I pick the tree species we want for our neighborhood tree planting?

    KIB works closely with our neighborhood partners and nurseries to choose the “right tree” for the “right place.”  Species selection varies depending on what is available at the nurseries and what will do well in the area that the neighbors select for planting.

    KIB will allow neighbors to specify whether they want a small, medium, or large tree, and we will work within those parameters to choose a tree that will do well in the site location. Sometimes this might coincide with a resident’s desire for a particular species, but KIB will not guarantee a specific tree species to residents.

  • Can I get a tree for just my house instead of organizing a neighborhood-wide planting?

    At this time, KIB does not have a program to plant trees at individual households.

    You may purchase your own tree, plant it, and register your tree with KIB’s Community Forestry program.  KIB has informational resources available on How to Plant Your Containerized Tree, and Basic Tree Care and Maintenance to help you; just check out our Community Forestry Resource page.

    KIB also hosts a tree distribution every year through the Adopt-A-Block program.  As a part of Adopt-A-Block, neighbors agree to clean their block on an ongoing basis, and in return they are rewarded with flowers, trees, and tools to help!  Learn more about Adopt-A-Block to get involved.

  • I think something is wrong with a tree in my yard. Can someone come look at it?

    KIB does not provide tree care services. We recommend locating a certified arborist to assess your tree’s health. You may find a certified arborist by visiting the Find a Tree Service page on the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) website.

    However, if your tree was planted through a KIB tree planting, please contact Nate Faris at 317.264.7555×111.

  • Does KIB remove dead or diseased mature trees?

    KIB does not provide care services for mature trees. We recommend locating a certified arborist to assess your tree’s health. You may find a certified arborist by visiting the Find a Tree Service page on the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) website.

    If the tree is located in the public right-of-way in Marion County, contact Paul Pinco.

  • How do I go about hiring an arborist?

    When hiring an arborist, please consider the information in the following links:

    You may also find information on certified arborist by visiting the Find a Tree Service page on the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) website.

  • Do you provide free mulch to previous project partners?

    Unfortunately KIB no longer receives free mulch from an outside vendor.  Since we no longer receive free mulch, we are unable to pass along the mulch to past partners.  Mulch can be purchased (with delivery options available) from Indiana Mulch and Stone, Tiffany Lawn and Garden or Indy Green Cycle.

  • Where can I buy native plants?

    Native plants are available at most nurseries and garden centers, it’s just a matter of knowing what they are! Common native perennials sold at garden centers are Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis), Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifoliam).

  • How do I kill off the grass to create a new planting bed without using chemicals?

    Easy, use your laser vision super power! Or, you can lay down newspaper at least 5 pages thick on the ground and add a heavy layer of hardwood mulch right on top of it. The newspaper will create an impenetrable barrier that grass can’t grow through and the mulch will help hold it down and suffocate the grass underneath. This process will take about 2 month to fully complete and then you can plant directly through the mulch and biodegraded paper. The best time to do this is in early March when the grass first begins to green up from winter. Then you will still have time to plant your new garden in May!

  • I hear you have a graffiti program that helps individuals remove graffiti. How can I participate?

    KIB has entered into a partnership with the City of Indianapolis and its Department of Code Enforcement to stop graffiti in our neighborhoods. The City will implement a new ordinance starting April 1, 2014, and at that time, KIB will begin offering abatement support through the Graffiti Free Indy program.

    In order to participate, a person wishing to receive supplies to abate the graffiti must complete the online form on the program’s page prior to the next scheduled distribution date. Supplies will only be provided during the scheduled distribution dates, which occur throughout the year in partnership with program sponsors Valspar and Lowes. For more information, please contact Joseph Jarzen at 317.264.7555 x106.

  • We need help getting people involved in our neighborhood. Can KIB help us?

    KIB is invested in developing a strong coalition of neighbors who can continue to engage others for your neighborhood goals.

    Our Community Engagement Department is set up to educate individuals, neighborhoods, and community groups about what KIB can do to assist you in starting the process of engagement. Block adoption, neighborhood cleanups, and tree plantings are all effective time-sensitive tools to improve quality of life standards and involve new people in your neighborhood.

    To begin a discussion on how to build community engagement, please contact Joseph Jarzen, Community Engagement Director, at 317.264.7555 x106.

  • Can I do my required community service with KIB?

    Yes.  Simply sign up to volunteer with us on our online Volunteer Project Calendar.  Your KIB Project Manager will sign your paperwork at the end of the project to confirm your participation.

  • What can be done about all the litter I see in my community?

    KIB’s Adopt-A-Block program is intended to empower neighbors to be leaders in their community, to ensure streets are clean from litter, to abate graffiti, to help mitigate properties that have high weeds and grass, and to build community. Adopting your block encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to work with one another and get others involved. It promotes the image of a cared-for neighborhood, therefore resulting in a higher quality of life for the neighborhood as a whole. For more information, contact Joseph Jarzen at 317.264.7555 x106.

    You can also coordinate a community cleanup through KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup program. Supplies are available, from trash bags, gloves and even dumpsters.  For more information, visit www.greatindycleanup.com or contact Tammy Stevens at 317.264.7555 x116.

  • Where can I recycle tires, cardboard, or styrofoam?

    A Complete listing of area recycling drop-off points in Indianapolis is available through the Indiana Recycling Coalition. They have a great tool to find a recycling or disposal facility near you. For more information visit www.indianarecycling.orgor call 317.632.5915.

  • Where can I take paper to be shredded and recycled?

    There are various businesses in Indy that provide these services. For more information, visit ProShred (317.578.3650) or Shred Monkey (317.916.1800).

  • Does KIB loan out tools?

    KIB does not loan tools; our tools go out only with staff members for projects. However, The Marion County Health and Hospital Corporations does run a tool load program, where they provide tools (brooms, rakes, shovels, etc.) to volunteers for neighborhood clean-up projects. For more information visit www.hhcorp.org/hhc  or call Mark Foster at 221-7584.

  • Can KIB provide free mulch for my project?

    KIB calculates the exact amount of mulch needed per project. What we have will be used up entirely for our work. There are various local vendors where you can purchase mulch. For more information visit GreenCycle at http://www.greencycleindy.comor call 317.773.3350.

  • I would like to donate trees, bulbs, or perennials from my property to KIB. Do you take plant material?

    Typically, KIB does not accept plant material from people’s yards. The reason is that our projects usually have a landscape design developed with specific native plants identified. Often, what people want to give is not what is in our design plans. Also, KIB has limited space and cannot store plant material or guarantee it will be properly watered until it can be planted. Your donation is very generous, and we encourage you to visit our donate page www.kibi.org/donate to learn other ways you can help us keep Indy beautiful.