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From January to April 2017, the Village of Lombard will be trimming all of the Village-owned parkway trees from N. Main Street to the eastern Village limits, and from E. St. Charles Road to the northern Village limits.
The bulk of this work will be done by a private tree firm contracted by the Village of Lombard’s Forestry Division. Trees will be trimmed according to professional standards set forth within the tree care industry.
Trees will be trimmed to a minimum height of 14 feet over the roadway to allow for safe clearance by all vehicular and pedestrian traffic and to ensure that any signage in the parkway is clearly visible. The remaining extent of trimming includes the removal of limbs that are diseased, broken, hanging, dead, in contact with other limbs, interfering with utility lines or street lights, interfering with other trees on private property, infested with insects, weakly attached, or structurally unsound.
Public safety is the Village’s first priority, followed by tree health and then aesthetics. Street trees have different maintenance requirements than landscape trees, and are therefore pruned accordingly. Normally no more than one-quarter of the live crown will be removed at one time. The determination of how much to remove depends on tree species, size and condition of the tree, as well as the duration between trim cycles. The Village tries to maintain a 6-year trim cycle for trees greater than 6 inches in diameter and a 3-year cycle for trees less than 6 inches. The shorter the trimming cycle, the less live material needs to be removed. The natural form of the tree is maintained as much as possible, with tree growth directed upward and outward.
Throughout the year, the Village’s in-house forestry crew will continue trimming other parkway trees. This proactive trimming allows for a gradual raising of the crown, correction of defects early in the tree’s life, and smaller pruning wounds which close rapidly.
Please visit www.villageoflombard.org/treetrimming for more information and to view a map of the tree trimming area. Contact the Public Works Department, Forestry Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 620-5740 with further questions.