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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Maintaining Your Trees

Trees along the road on Redwood Rd

Street trees are essential to any community, providing numerous benefits such as shade, aesthetic appeal, and improved air quality. However, many residents in South Jordan City may not realize the importance of keeping their trees compliant with city regulations. Failure to comply not only results in unsightly and potentially dangerous situations but can also damage vehicles and infrastructure.

Imagine a scenario where police and fire vehicles rush to respond to an emergency, but overgrown tree branches pose a risk to damage vehicles and equipment. Or, during winter, snow plows cannot clear roads due to low-hanging branches blocking their path. These situations can cause delays in response times and put lives at risk.

Additionally, overgrown trees can obstruct sight lines for drivers and pedestrians, posing a safety hazard for everyone on the road. This can be especially dangerous in school zones or areas with high pedestrian traffic. 

Clearance over sidewalks is another critical issue that needs attention. While the shade provided by street trees is desirable, it is essential to ensure that they do not impede the movement of people walking underneath them. Overhanging branches can cause accidents and injuries to those using the sidewalk.

To address these concerns, South Jordan City has established regulations requiring residents to maintain their trees in compliance with city standards. Compliance includes pruning trees yearly to ensure 7 feet of clearance over sidewalks and 13 feet over streets. This ensures that branches do not obstruct sight lines and helps prevent damage to vehicles and infrastructure.

By pruning street trees each year, residents of South Jordan City can play a crucial role in ensuring street tree compliance and promoting safety in their community.

One method residents can use to prune the lower branches of their trees is the three-cut method. Here’s how it works:

  1. First, make a small cut on the underside of the branch, about 6-12 inches from the trunk.
  2. Then, make a second cut on the top side of the branch, above the first cut. This will remove most of the weight of the branch.
  3. Finally, make a third cut just outside the branch collar to remove the remaining stub.

By following this method, residents can help ensure that their streets remain safe and can minimize damage done to their trees. We encourage all residents to do their part by keeping their trees well-maintained.

Make sure you only drop off what the signs say. BRANCHES ONLY, No green waste! This new service the City offers turns your pruned street tree branches into FREE WOODCHIPS available to pick up in the Spring. We cannot chip garden waste, root balls, dirt mounds, rose bushes, shrubbery, flowers, grasses, or construction waste. Please bring your fall leaves (must be bagged and placed in the dumpster) and street tree branches to the drop-off event until December 4. Located at 1850 W 10960 S (west of tennis courts).

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Learn how to prune your trees this Fall.

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