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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 is minimized.

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.

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