City of Stevens Point Forestry Department personnel are currently pruning trees that grow in the city right-of-way. As the trees grow, they are pruned to provide sixteen feet of clearance above the street and eight feet above sidewalks.
City of Stevens Point Forestry Department personnel are currently pruning trees that grow in the city right-of-way, typically the area between a street and a sidewalk. Every city-owned “street tree” is pruned at least once every four years, if needed.
The city’s crew is trained in proper pruning techniques which train young trees to maintain a strong central leader and a sound branching structure. As the trees grow, they are pruned to provide sixteen feet of clearance above the street and eight feet above sidewalks.
Homeowners should also check their own trees to be sure they are maintaining proper clearance above the sidewalk and street. If a stop sign or other street sign looks like it might be obstructed by leaves of a privately-owned tree when it leafs out in the spring, the homeowner should prune the tree now to clear the obstructing branches.
Homeowners should also prune or remove necessary vegetation along an adjacent alleyway, which should typically be at least fifteen feet wide and provide sixteen feet of clearance.
Winter is an excellent time to prune trees because it is easy to examine the branching structure of the tree with the leaves off. This is a good time for homeowners to look for any broken limbs or limbs hanging in their trees as a result of this past summer’s windstorms. Forestry personnel are doing the same with city trees, and are also pruning out dead, diseased, insect-infested limbs, crossing limbs, and competing leaders.
If a property owner is thinking of pruning Oak trees or removing them to make way for new construction, that should be done during this winter dormancy because doing it now helps prevent oak wilt, a disease which spreads easily during warmer months from April 1 through October, and is nearly always fatal and difficult to control once established.
City residents who have any tree-related questions may contact the City Forester at 715-346-1532 or visit them on this website.