Tree Pruningupdated: Friday, January 16, 2015
Each year the City of St. Louis Park hires a licensed and qualified tree service to prune a portion of the city's boulevard trees. This "rotational" pruning typically occurs during the winter months of January through March, but this year the pruning started earlier, beginning the week of November 3, 2014. The tree service/ contractor, Northeast Tree, Inc., hired by the city for work in 2014, 2015 and 2016, will start, where they left off this past winter, at 16th Street & Louisiana Avenue South, working their way east to Zarthan Avenue South (and then into the Eliot View neighborhood). This work is intended to improve the health, safety and function of all of our boulevard trees; pruning each boulevard tree once every nine years.
The neighborhoods designated in the 2014/15 cycle for pruning are Eliot, Eliot View, Blackstone, Cedarhurst, Fern Hill and Lake Forest.
Routine pruning of public property trees is handled by city contractors and is typically conducted during the dormant months of November - March. Boulevard trees are only pruned once every nine years at no cost to the adjacent property owner. The adjacent property owner may opt to pay for additional pruning as long as they use a tree service licensed by the City of St. Louis Park. View a map of rotational boulevard tree pruning area.
Property owners are responsible for the full cost of pruning trees on private property. Property owners may use only tree services licensed by the City of St. Louis Park; through licensing tree contractors, the city is assuring its property owners that these companies have adequate insurance and qualifications to perform safe and professional tree work. Pruning of trees is strongly recommended during tree dormancy (November through March). Follow the link for a list of licensed tree services.