During the Fall, township staff will be trimming trees in the road right-of-way to remove obstructions and maintain a clear line of sight. This will be completed in accordance with standard trimming techniques specific to each particular tree type.
Hardwood trees are usually trimmed 6 to 8 feet from the ground, while ornamental trees are typically trimmed 3 to 4 feet from the ground. Trees in the road right-of-way allow the best road visibility if they are trimmed back at least 1 foot from the back of the curb, however, in some cases, more space is needed to allow for an adequate line of sight.
All dead, dying or diseased branches will be removed, and in many cases, township staff will remove crossing, rubbing or poorly attached limbs. In this way, apical dominance (when the main central stem of a tree grows more strongly than side branches) is encouraged and is the most adaptive way to enhance tree growth.
In all cases, when township staff are trimming trees, the purpose is to allow proper clearance for vehicle operators while driving.
Any questions please call the service department at: