Beginning the week of March 4th, West Coast Arborists, Inc., will begin pruning street trees as part of the Palo Alto Urban Forestry department’s routine pruning cycle. The pruning will take place in the right-of-way areas of the following neighborhoods, or a portion of the neighborhoods:
- Leland Manor
- Embarcadero Oaks
- Garland Park
- Triple El
Pruning the nearly 5,000 street trees in these neighborhoods should take four to six months to complete. Watch for a door hanger on your door a few days before the trees in your neighborhood will be pruned. We respectfully request that you and your neighbors refrain from parking beneath the street tree(s) in front of your house on the date that will be noted on the door hanger.
All pruning will be conducted by International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Tree Workers, and supervised by ISA Certified Arborists.
The goal is to prune the trees at a minimum, and meet the following objectives:
- Improving tree health and structure
- Providing vehicle and pedestrian clearance
- Increasing visibility for streetlights, signs, and traffic signals
During this same time period, trees located inside parks throughout the city may also be pruned. This work will focus primarily on improving tree health and branching structure.
Some species grow faster, or may have defects and need to be more extensively pruned to remain in good form until our next pruning cycle.