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Apr 12

Proactive tree maintenance provides for improved tree health

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 9:51 pm by Clay Curtin

Regular, scheduled tree maintenance is an important component of a healthy urban forest. West Coast Arborists, Inc. is the City’s tree maintenance contractor hired to maintain street trees on a 5-year cycle throughout our many neighborhoods.

Maintenance includes a visual inspection of each street tree, pruning for vehicle and pedestrian clearance, cleaning large dead wood, addressing structural defects like rubbing limbs or overextended branches, young tree structural pruning and the removal of support stakes. Benefits of this proactive tree maintenance include improved tree health and longevity, reduced maintenance costs and reduced risk. 

Currently, the City's tree maintenance contractor is working in the area bounded by Ravenswood Avenue, El Camino Real, Middlefield Road and Spruce Avenue. 

The City’s efforts are separate and apart from PG&E’s tree maintenance work near power lines. If you see work being done in Menlo Park by Utility Tree Service, Inc., or other contractors, it is typically at the direction of PG&E or private individuals.

For additional tree trimming information, please contact the Maintenance Division at 650-330-6780.