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 provide opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other. The Woodlands Township currently maintains 1,333 small cul-de-sac islands and 393 jumbo cul-de-sac islands/Intracts.
Cul-de-Sac Maintenance

Cul-de-sacs smaller than 3,400 square feet are considered small cul-de-sacs and will receive a minimum of four maintenance visits per year. Small cul-de-sacs maintenance will begin March 1 and last into winter. Intracts and jumbo cul-de-sacs, which are cul-de-sacs larger than 3,400 square feet, will receive 11 maintenance visits per year. The jumbo cul-de-sacs /Intract maintenance cycle will begin early March and last into November.

The Township’s maintenance philosophy for cul-de-sacs is to allow the areas to be in harmony with nature, which over time should allow them to grow and mature into a forested area. Keeping that philosophy in mind, Township crews will maintain those areas to the following standards:

  • Mowing and string-trimming all turf
  • Stick edging curbs and pathways
  • Blowing debris around the perimeter
  • Minor litter clean up
  • Pruning street growth up to 14 feet
  • Trimming vegetative growth around the mailboxes and light poles 
  • Removal of dead or hazardous trees/limbs

Services not provided include the following:

  • Clearing of vegetation or brush
  • Removal of healthy trees
  • Maintenance of enhanced landscaping
  • Chemical weed or pest control
  • Fertilization
  • Irrigation
  • Maintenance of hardscapes, decomposed granite or other non-natural surfaces

View Small Cul-de-Sac Island Maintenance Schedule

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). 

Please contact the Parks and Recreation Streetscapes division by calling 281-210-3900 or use the 3-1-1 app for questions or concerns about cul-de-sacs and intracts.