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Preventative tree pruning is designed to keep healthy trees healthy and reduce problems in trees under stress. Dead, weak or hazardous branches and limbs are removed first and then the remaining canopy is thinned as needed. This will improve branch spacing and preserve the symmetrical appearance of the tree. Additionally, lower branches may need to be removed or raised providing safe passage for pedestrians and vehicle traffic.
The Village arborist manages a cyclic pruning program to improve and maintain the community trees. Trees are pruned on a 5 year cycle with mature trees trimmed to remove dead limbs while younger trees are pruned to improve overall structure. The Village contracts tree trimming during the dormant season but can receive and evaluate tree concerns to determine the best course of action at any time. Tree request form is available on the Village website.
There are three options for replacing a tree:
The online request form is available the Village website.
Tree branches put out on the first Monday of each month May through October will be picked up over the course of the week and pick up will occur for downed limbs after heavy storm damage. The removal of private property yard waste or tree trimmings outside the scheduled window of brush pick are to be bundled and picked up by the current waste hauler. The current brush pick up schedule is located on the Village website and in the Rose Clippings. Residents may also sign up for e-brief to get the latest information on Village proceedings.
Public Works does not manage private property trees and does not get involved in private property issues. The Morton Arboretum is a good tree resource.
The Village cannot provide an official recommendation regarding a specific tree company. A certified arborist is strongly encouraged to ensure the contractor is knowledgeable and can apply proper arboricultural practices. The Village arborist advises all residents to obtain 3 separate quotes for work and confirm that the contractor carries the appropriate insurance to work on private property.
To mark Arbor Day each year, the Village accepts nominations to plant a tree in honor or in memory of a person or group that has made a positive contribution to the community or whose achievements deserve special recognition. For submission, please send a nomination to:
Tree Planting, La Grange Park Village Hall447 N Catherine AvenueLa Grange Park, IL 60526Email Tree Planting