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Landscape Services

The mission of the Landscape Services division is to beautify and maintain all assigned city properties in order for them to be aesthetically pleasing and functional in purpose for the benefit of the citizens. The division's goals and objectives are set by Council, City Administration, the Community Appearance Commission, other city departments, and the citizens of Hickory.

Landscape Services Four Major Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Turfgrass maintenance. Mow city properties approximately 40 times per year, the application of fertilizers and weed control, and yearly fall leaf removal.
  • Cemetery Operations. Maintain four city cemeteries, work with funeral homes and monument companies in assisting families in their burial needs.
  • Landscaping. Maintenance of all entranceways, plant and maintain all city flower and shrub beds, maintain the Central Business District, maintain all the downtown planters beds, and design and install all landscaping projects on assigned city properties.
  • Tree plantings and maintenance. Responsible for the tree care on all City of Hickory properties to include all right-of-ways.
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Landscape Services is responsible for maintaining 6 city entranceways and Welcome signs along with 72 other landscaped sites. Landscape Services also handles the planting and maintenance of flower beds throughout the City and in the Central Business District as well as the design and installation of landscape projects. Other duties include weed control, mulching, and pruning of the assigned areas, as well as maintaining the City fountains.

For more information, please contact Jon Hogan at or by calling (828) 323-7500.


Our cemetery office is located in Oakwood Cemetery. Here the Cemetery Sexton keeps records for all of the cemeteries and aids citizens in the purchase, location and maintenance of gravesites. Any questions regarding the sale of gravesites or columbarium niches and cemetery regulations should contact the City of Hickory Cemetery Sexton at (828) 323-7561.

Landscape Services maintains 4 cemeteries:

  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • Southside Cemetery
  • Ridgeview Cemetery
  • Fairview Cemetery

Please feel free to contact us for more information at (828) 323-7561 or you may click here to see the City of Hickory Cemetery Ordinance. Chapter 7, Article VIII discusses City cemeteries and Section 7-111 outlines the general provisions for memorials and decorations at cemeteries. 



Our turfgrass operation consists of a turfgrass specialist, groundskeeper, and crew of grounds maintenance workers. These coworkers are in charge of annual over-seeding, fertilization, chemical application, mowing, irrigation installation, and maintenance of turf areas in parks, athletic fields, and public buildings. These crews also remove leaves and snow in the fall and winter months and maintain overall appearance of properties including planting, pruning, and mulching.

For more information, please do not hesitate to call us at (828) 323-7500.

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The City's tree care operation includes planting, pruning, and maintaining trees on city property. Insect and disease control is also essential for proper tree care. Dead and hazardous trees on city property are identified and removed for the safety of citizens. Ivey Arboretum at Sally Fox Park, located near downtown Hickory, showcases many varieties of trees and allows the public to enjoy them in an attractive setting.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (828) 323-7500.

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