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Trim your trees, please!

Trim your trees for public safety and right-of-way.

Post Date:05/07/2019

City of Cedar Park contracts with a certified arborist to trim trees, bushes, and other vegetation along streets and sidewalks to relieve vehicle and pedestrian obstruction, which is a safety hazard. Tree trimming helps ensure the safety of our neighbors, utility workers, EMS, Fire Dept., school buses, etc.  Foliage around water meters must also be groomed so the meter may easily be manually read if necessary. According to City ordinance, tree branches should hang:

  • No less than eight feet above the sidewalk, and
  • At least 14 feet over the street. (See picture below.)

The City encourages residents to do their own tree trimming so that trees appear even and meet owners’ aesthetic standards.   If City of Cedar Park crews trim trees and foliage out of public right-of-ways, please be aware that they do not do any aesthetic trimming; it is for safety purposes only and may not meet your standards for how you would like your trees and foliage to look.  If trees are not trimmed according to required dimensions the City may remove encroaching tree branches in order to prevent vehicle and vehicle obstruction.  Please be aware that City-contracted crews trim at a vertical plane adjacent to the apparent property line – which could result in trees appearing “lopsided”.  City-contracted tree trimming crews must work year-round in order to maintain public safety, pedestrian and vehicular rights-of-way.  To prevent oak wilt, the arborist seals fresh tree wounds on oak trees with either a tree wound dressing or latex paint, and disinfects tree pruning tools. 

Diagram of how to trim trees

Anyone wishing to report non-compliant trees to the City may do so by using the CPConnect mobile application or by logging onto the City’s Report a Problem web page at www.cedarparktexas.gov/reportaproblem.   

Oak wilt
The hot summer through the  cold winter are the best times to trim trees. This is because the beetles that help propagate oak wilt, the most destructive disease affecting live oaks and red oaks in Central Texas, slow their activity between July and January.  Oak wilt is caused by the fungus Ceratyocystitis fagecearum, which is easily spread when beetles carrying the fungal spores from infected red oaks to fresh, open wounds on healthy oaks. 

While the City discourages residents from trimming oak trees between February 1 and June 30, when the beetles are particularly active, trimming can be done if necessary.  It's just important to pay careful attention to treating tree wounds and disinfecting tree trimming tools, particularly during these months.  The City recommends that fresh tree wounds be sealed with a tree wound dressing or latex paint and that tree pruning tools be cleaned with a 10 percent bleach solution or Lysol at all times of the year. 

Visit http://texasoakwilt.org for additional resources.