Helpful resources and instructions for proper pruning
When we plant a tree, we hope that it will grow tall and straight; that it will have a full, healthy crown with strong, well-spaced branches; that it will cast a broad expanse of sheltering shade; that it will resist damage by wind and ice; and that it will be easy to maintain. Without proper pruning, however, a tree can become unhealthy and expensive to maintain.
An unmaintained or poorly maintained tree is more likely to become hazardous, with branches that break during storms, have weak and unsightly shoots, and interfere with traffic, pedestrians and overhead wires. To ensure that Portland’s urban forest continues to enhance our daily lives, we must properly care for the young trees we plant.
Before pruning any street tree or other publicly owned tree, you must obtain a Street Tree Pruning Permit from Urban Forestry.
Street Tree Pruning Standards and Brochure
|Trees are a slow-growing resource and tree work can be expensive. To protect yourself and your trees, make sure to hire a professional arborist.|
|The City maintains a list of Local Tree Care Providers.|
Topping is not permitted on publicly owned trees (including trees in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the curb) in Portland
Pruning around sidewalks, stop signs, streetlights, and utilities
Mature trees are an asset for the entire community. Proper care will help ensure mature trees will keep providing benefits to homeowners and the community for years to come
What to prune during the first 5 years after the tree has been planted
Find the ideal season to prune your trees
How to properly prune a tree
Pruning activities are classified by intensity and form. Each type of pruning technique has a recommended timeframe