Tree Pruning

The Division of Urban Forestry performs the pruning of trees under its jurisdiction. For detailed information on pruning please see the Newton Urban Forestry Manual. In general the City prunes trees for safety, health, and structure. Using the following methods:

  • Crown cleaning - the most commonly practiced form of pruning, is used to remove dead, dying, diseased, damaged and out of place branches.
  • Crown reduction - is used to reduce the overall size of a tree or a portion of the tree by shortening branches that go beyond the desired location.This technique is primarily used to prune trees away from buildings, signs, lights, etc.
  • Crown raising - is used to provide clearance over roadways and pathways by the removal of the lower limbs on a tree. This technique is used to insure public safety, reduce property damage and to avoid possible damage to the tree.
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