Tree Maintenance Policies
The City has approximately 18,000 street trees and 15,000
park trees. Due to the magnitude of the inventory, and budget deficits, the city no longer cares for or maintains trees in the public right-of-way.
Certain types of trees should be pruned only during specific
times of the year. These trees are generally not pruned at other times unless
a high-risk situation exists. For example:
- Monterey Pines are pruned between October and February to minimize
the potential infestation by bark beetles. Bark beetles are usually
dormant during these months.
- Elm trees are also pruned from fall through spring. The Elm bark beetle
is usually dormant and the potential for spreading the Dutch Elm Disease
Pruning by request will be available only when a high-risk
situation exists, such as to remedy clearance issues, dead or weak limb
removal and in response to storm damage. Public Works also works
closely with the park maintenance staff to maintain the park trees.