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Answers to Common Questions.

Clean Neighborhoods


Trees & Native Habitats

Trees & Native

Engaged Citizens


Clean Neighborhoods FAQ.

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

KIB has a partnership with the City of Indianapolis to stop graffiti in our neighborhoods. As part of that partnership, we can provide you with white or blue paint to cover the graffiti. For more information, please contact Carly Weidman, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, at or 317-264-7555 x515.

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

Become a block captain! Our Adopt-A-Block program is intended to empower neighbors to be leaders in the community, to ensure streets are free of litter, to abate graffiti, and to reduce high weeds and grass. Adopting your block encourages individuals, businesses, and schools to work together and get others involved. For more information, contact Ryann Davis at

Hold a Great Indy Cleanup! You can coordinate a community cleanup through our Great Indy Cleanup program. Free supplies like trash bags, gloves, and dumpsters are available for you and your group to use. For more information, visit or contact Ryann Davis at or 317.264.7555 x512.

Where can I recycle tires, cardboard, or styrofoam?

A complete listing of area recycling drop-off points in Indianapolis is available through Circular Indiana. They have a great tool to find a recycling or disposal facility near you. For more information, visit or call 317-632-5915.

Trees & Native Habitats FAQ.

What kind of trees does KIB plant?

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

Our arborists choose 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.

We also prefer to plant large shade trees over small ornamental trees whenever possible. Large shade trees offer the most significant environmental and health benefits to our community, like capturing rain before it hits the sewer system, providing cool shade, and creating oxygen.

As part of our Adopt-A-Block program, we give all block captains one native tree per year. Take a Look!

How big are the tree that KIB plants?

Most of the trees we plant are at least 1″ in diameter and 6 – 12 feet in height. There are always exceptions, of course! Our arborists assess each plantable spot to make sure the correct size of tree is planted.

Why 1″ caliper trees? We often plant in challenging urban conditions. Trees of 1″ or more have a greater chance of surviving. Plus, larger trees make an immediate visual impact on the community.

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

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

Our arborists will allow neighbors to specify whether they want a small, medium, or large tree in front of their home. We’ll work within those parameters to choose a tree that will do well at the planting location. This might coincide with a resident’s desire for a particular species, but we 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?

Yes! By joining our Adopt-A-Block program, you will be eligible to receive one free tree (per year) to plant on your property or to share with a neighbor. In return, you agree to clean your block on an ongoing basis. Other Adopt-A-Block perks include free tools and flowers. Learn more about Adopt-A-Block to get involved.

You can also purchase your own tree and plant it. We would love for you to register your tree with our Community Forestry program. It would count toward Indy’s tree canopy total! We have informational resources available on how to plant, care for, and maintain your tree on our Community Forestry page.

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

If your tree was planted through a KIB tree planting, however, we can help! Contact us at

Does KIB remove dead or diseased mature trees?

KIB does not provide a tree removal service. We recommend locating a certified arborist to assess the health of your tree. 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?

Trees can be like an extension of your family. Just like when you are choosing a doctor for a family member, you want to make sure you get the best care for your tree.

Find information on certified arborists 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?

No, we don’t. But mulch can be purchased in bulk (with delivery options available) from Indiana Mulch and StoneTiffany Lawn and Garden, or Indy GreenCycle.

Where can I buy native plants?

Native plants are available from most nurseries around Indianapolis, check out places like Sullivans Hardware to find them! Some common native perennials include:

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 superpower!

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 cannot grow through, and the mulch will help hold it down and suffocate the grass underneath. This process will take about two months, and then you can plant directly through the mulch and biodegraded paper. The best time to start is in early March when the grass begins to green up from winter. Then you will still have time to plant your new garden in May!

Engage Citizens FAQ.

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

Yes. Yes. And yes.

We are invested in developing a strong coalition of neighbors who can continue to engage others in their 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 tools to involve new people in your neighborhood.

To begin a discussion on how to build community and engage your neighbors, please contact Carly Weidman, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, at

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.

General FAQ.

Does KIB loan out tools?

If you are a past project partner on one of our greenspaces or outdoor classrooms, you can participate in a special KIB tool loan program by joining our GreenKeepers stewardship group. Please contact Kelly Cook, GreenSpace Manager, at or 317-264-7555 x120.

Otherwise, we do not loan out our tools. However, the Marion County Public Health Department does run a tool loan program, where they provide tools (brooms, rakes, shovels, etc.) to volunteers for neighborhood cleanup projects. For more information, visit their website here.

Can KIB provide free mulch for my project?

No, we cannot. But mulch can be purchased in bulk (with delivery options available) from Indiana Mulch and StoneTiffany Lawn and Garden, or Indy GreenCycle.

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

Typically, we do not accept plant material from people’s yards. Why? 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. We also have 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 to learn other ways you can help us keep Indy beautiful.