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Tree Pruning

Parks prunes established street trees on a neighborhood–by–neighborhood basis. This process allows us to prune a portion of the street trees in every community board every year.

We do not take routine pruning requests, but immediate pruning requests are accepted via 311 or our tree service request system for conditions including:

  • Damaged and/or dead limbs
  • Broken hanging limbs
  • Interference with a traffic signs or signals
  • Street or sidewalk blocked

If the tree is entangled in electrical wires, our crews cannot prune the tree because of safety concerns around high voltage power lines. Please contact your power utility company as they are under permit from Parks to handle these conditions.

After You Submit a Request

Once your request is received, an NYC Parks forester will inspect the site and decide if the tree needs pruning right away. If the condition does not require immediate attention, we will address the issue in the next pruning cycle. If you would like to prune the tree yourself, you must first file the necessary permits. For more information on this process, please visit our Working On or Near Trees page.

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