Cul-de-Sac Island Maintenance

The Neighborhood Cul-de-Sac

One of the unique master plan design features of The Woodlands is the neighborhood cul-de-sac. This land plan design is intended to maximize green space, limit traffic, contribute to public safety and to provide opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other. More than 1,800 cul-de-sac islands currently exist in The Woodlands.
Cul-de-Sac Maintenance
Cul-de-sac islands that are larger than 3,400 square feet (jumbos) receive landscape maintenance from The Woodlands Township eleven (11) times per year, typically between the months of March -December, which includes mowing, edging and blowing the perimeter of the island and minor litter pick-up. Islands smaller than 3,400 square feet, are maintained by the Woodlands Township one (1) time per year, typically between the months of April-June, which includes mowing, edging, and blowing the perimeter of the island and minor litter pick-up.

View Small Cul-de-Sac Island Maintenance Schedule

The goal with these maintenance programs is allow the areas to be in harmony with nature, as over time this maintenance program will afford the cul-de-sac island to grow and mature into a forested area. This type of cul-de-sac island is easy to maintain and has its hardy native trees and shrubs still in place. Little pruning or weeding is required, and the native growth thrives to soften the streetscape and absorb the heat and sound.

Some residents desire for these areas to have improved landscaping with groundcovers, exotic shrubs or decomposed granite or a stone pad with a small bench. Projects such as these can be approved by The Woodlands Township by application, but elaborate projects are discouraged. Play structures, fire-pits, and basketball goals, among other items, are not permitted for safety and aesthetic reasons. For more information about permissible cul-de-sac island improvements and application forms, please visit

In instances where residents wish to provide supplemental maintenance to their cul-de-sac island between the regular service intervals provided by The Woodlands Township, it’s always a good idea to first check in with your neighbors, and to keep the maintenance of the island to the same simple standards that are provided by The Woodlands Township (Mowing, edging and blowing the perimeter of the island and minor litter pick up). Any other general landscaping questions or concerns regarding the vegetation or maintenance of the cul-de-sac island should be discussed with the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 281-210-3800.

Overall, the neighborhood cul-de-sac, both small and jumbo, serve a number of purposes in the community, which in part makes The Woodlands a special place.