Most Street Trees are regulated in the Portland Metro Area. Rich’s Tree Service has addressed many street tree necessities. Most of the time a permit is not required to prune your street trees. However, Lake Oswego along with a few other cities have very strict policies that must be followed when dealing with a tree. Most cities including Portland require permits to remove street trees. Once a street tree is removed, replanting is typically required. Many aspects should be considered when trying to decide what type of replacement tree to plant. Growth potential, utilities, and concrete should all be considered while deciding on a replacement tree. In most cities, it is necessary to state what kind of replacement tree you are proposing in order to get a permit.
Growth Potential should be considered while deciding what variety of tree to choose to accurately pick what tree will flourish in the allowable space. Looking above the ground is always recommended to confirm that the chosen tree will not grow above or within utilities; electrical lines are of the greatest concern. For a list of trees recommended for planting under utility lines, visit www.jfschmidt.com, and search UtiliTrees. Looking at the ground and surrounding area is highly recommended too. If a sidewalk is present, one should consider the possibility of concrete damage due to the trees root system. This is another area where growth potential plays a huge role. In addition to sidewalks, streets should also be considered. Street trees are required to be pruned up to create 8’ of clearance above sidewalks and 14’ above streets.
All major cities require a Certified Arborist Report for a street tree to be removed. Rich’s Tree Service, Inc. has removed, pruned, and planted many street trees in the surrounding Portland Metro Areas. We are preferred Certified Arborists in Lake Oswego, and Vancouver Washington. Rich’s Tree Service can also help you decide what variety is best suited for your location. If you are interested in one of our Certified Arborists providing you a free estimate regarding your street trees, please fill out our contact form and we will get back to you right away.