Shorter pruning cycles, healthier trees

By Canopy Team on July 14, 2016

Rolled-curb Street Tree

Palo Alto approves shorter pruning cycle—and safer, healthier trees.

On June 28th, the Palo Alto City Council voted to maintain the city’s 7-year pruning cycle, rather than switch to proposed 10-year or 15-year pruning cycles.

The pruning cycle determines how often city trees are pruned, and it’s important for several reasons:

Firstly, trees that are regularly inspected and pruned are safer, with less risk of limb-drop or interference with infrastructure.

Secondly, when trees are pruned more often, they don’t need to be pruned as aggressively. Removing less of the canopy results in fuller, healthier trees.

Former Palo Alto mayor Karen Holman and Canopy advocated strongly for the city to maintain its 7-year pruning cycle, and we applaud the Council’s decision.Canopy will also continue advocating for a more dynamic approach to city pruning, especially for young trees.

Read more about the council’s decision from the Palo Alto Weekly…

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