Tree Trimming

Public Works

Tree Trimming

Trees are a beautiful and integral part of our community’s landscape. To maintain tree health and promote the safety of drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, the City of Kentwood regularly trims trees in the public right-of-way, which includes all city streets, alleys, sidewalks and out-lawn areas between the sidewalk and edge of street.

Regular tree trimming helps:

  • Promote tree health by proactively removing dead, damaged and diseased branches.
  • Provide safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Provide clear vision for drivers in the roadway.
  • Maintain visibility for roadway signage.
  • Provide adequate height clearance for waste removal vehicles and snowplows.
  • Reduce branch end weights, limiting the risk of a branch falling unexpectedly.

Our tree trimming program follows industry standards and best practices. All trimming work is completed by a third-party contractor or staff from our Department of Public Works who have been trained on safe, proper and environmentally responsible tree trimming and removal practices.

We also regularly work with certified arborists to determine which trees need to be removed to promote the health and safety of other surrounding trees and plant life as well as community members.

If you have any tree trimming questions or comments, please call 616.554.0817 to speak with a member of our team during our regular business hours from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. You may also reach us by email at

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