Scheduled Tree Pruning and Protecting Your Car

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The Village of Oak Park is home to roughly 19,000 trees, all of which require a great deal of maintenance during the winter months. That is why residents should be on the lookout for no-parking signs until spring to allow safe tree pruning and avoid any vehicle damage from falling branches.

Areas scheduled for pruning this winter are between North Avenue and Division Street from Austin Boulevard to Harlem Avenue and between Chicago Avenue and Division Street from Harlem Avenue to East Avenue, according to a newsletter from the Village of Oak Park.

If you live or regularly park in the Prune Zone, check the signs for dates and times to make sure your car is not in the way. While the pruning can seem excessive when no leaves are on the limbs, crews work to ensure that pruning is just right as foliage returns in the spring. With a program that aims to prune every tree on public property once every four years, plans must consider that parkway trees can grow up to two feet each year — or eight feet between pruning cycles, according to the newsletter.

Crews follow the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines for tree care to address three key issues — tree health, resident safety and protecting property from damage. Dead or dying limbs are removed and canopies raised to allow for safe vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and create appropriate clearances for adjacent structures and signs, according to the newsletter.

For more information on tree pruning season or to see how this affects you, call the Village at 708-358-5700 or email publicworks@oak-park.us.

Feature image comes courtesy of the Village of Oak Park

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