Trees are valuable assets to the City of Sugar Land and its citizens. Sugar Land residents and business owners are required by City ordinance to trim their trees if public rights of way are affected. Properly pruned trees ensure large vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances and garbage trucks can safely navigate City streets with a clear view of traffic safety devices.
The Public Works Department inspects trees annually for compliance to the Tree Trimming Ordinance. (City of Sugar Land Code of Ordinances Part II, Chapter 3, Article 9, Div. 5 Vegetation, Sec. 3-164., Trees and objects in the visibility triangle or right of way.)
Trees are valuable assets to your property value and the environment, and pruning involves making good decisions for the health of the tree. Try to keep it simple. Use tools that are sharp and clean, and prune only the lower limbs required for clearance, as well as any broken or dead branches. Heavy thinning of interior branches is not necessary and is not healthy for trees. For large limbs and limbs that can’t safely be reached, Sugar Land recommends hiring a professional arborist. For more tree care information and tips and for information on local arborists refer to Trees Are Good.
If you have a question about maintenance responsibilities, contact your homeowners association or the City of Sugar Land Public Works Department at 281-275-2450.