Trimming boulevard trees promotes healthy tree growth and provides unobstructed views in the right of way. Requests to trim boulevard trees can be made to the City Forester at (763) 706-3711, or the Street Foreman at (763) 706-3712. Tree trimming is done as time permits between street maintenance activities and snow removal. Most boulevard tree trimming is scheduled to be done during the winter months.
Tree and Shrub Trimming
Tree and shrub trimming in alleys is the responsibility of the property owner. The right of way maintenance includes trimming all grass and weeds that exceed 9" in height and at a minimum trimming all woody plant materials so they do not hang over the paved surface of the alley, up to a height of approximately 15'. Inspections are made on an annual basis.
Tree branches that are touching public electrical service lines may be trimmed by Xcel Energy. Call Xcel Customer Service at (800) 895-1999, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for details and scheduling.
Trees that Interfere with Electrical Service
Trees that interfere with electrical service to a single home are the responsibility of the property owner. Caution: Tree trimming around power lines is very hazardous. Call Xcel Energy at (800) 895-4999 to disconnect the power before trimming. Hire a professional tree trimmer that is licensed and bonded to work in Columbia Heights.
Trees are often topped because they grow into utility wires, interfere with views or solar collectors, or just grow so large that they worry the landowner. .