My street tree looked fine. Why was it pruned?
The city prunes newly planted and established street trees for a number of reasons. The main objectives of the pruning cuts are to
1. Correct structural defects that will be a problem later and remove dead and diseased wood from the plant.
2. Encourage a central trunk to develop, thus reducing the length of competing trunks or branches which can lead to structural weaknesses.
3. Clear low-hanging limbs over sidewalks for safe pedestrian movement and over streets for vehicular clearance.
4. Ensure maximum air and sunlight reach all parts of the tree.
5. Establish good structure of primary scaffold (lateral) branches. The scaffold branches provide the framework of the mature tree.

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1. What is a street tree and who maintains them?
2. What type of maintenance is done?
3. Why and how should I mulch the tree lawn tree?
4. My street tree looked fine. Why was it pruned?
5. Why was my street tree removed?
6. Will my street tree be replanted?
7. What are those green bags on the newly planted trees?
8. My street tree is leaning. What can be done?