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Springville reminds residents not to top trees

Officials with Springville's Buildings and Grounds Department are reminding residents that city code prohibits homeowners from topping trees on city property.
Officials with Springville's Buildings and Grounds Department are reminding residents that city code prohibits homeowners from topping trees on city property.
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SPRINGVILLE — Officials with the Buildings and Grounds Department are reminding residents that city code prohibits homeowners from topping trees on city property.

Topping a tree can cause decay, creating a risk to property. Topped trees can also raise insurance rates or lower property values, officials said in a prepared statement. City code states any pruning, planting or removal of street trees should be done by Springville arborists.

In addition, curbside trees should only be placed in planting strips that are a minimum of 6 feet wide. Street trees planted in planter strips less than 6 feet wide will be subject to removal if they block sidewalk or traffic access, raise the sidewalk or curb, or cause public safety problems.

Homeowners who have questions or concerned about a tree can schedule a work order at 801-489-2770 or at springville.org/buildings-and-grounds/urban-forestry. The website also contains a list of approved tree species for the city.