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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Trees and Plantings by Streets and Sidewalks

Black, white, and green graphic with tree and shrub next to sidewalk and street.

Owners of private property are responsible for the proper care and maintenance of the parking (also known as the parkway — the area between the street and the property line) adjoining their property. Trees and plantings should be trimmed to allow free passage of pedestrians and vehicles and to not obstruct sight lines and traffic signs. 

Find diagrams and details in the Tree and Shrub Trimming Guide (PDF). Peruse Ordinance 52 Planting, Care, and Maintenance of Trees and Shrubbery Upon and Adjoining Public Property, and Ordinance 105 Fences, Hedges, and Other Plantings. 

Find information on how to dispose of tree branches and yard waste in the Waste and Recycling Guide

Note that oak and elm trees should be pruned only in winter, when disease-carrying beetles are dormant. 

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