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Why do you prune trees from power lines?

Why do you need to prune so much of the tree? Can you shape trees for a better look?

What will my tree look like after you have pruned it?

How will I know if City Light is going to prune my tree?

Why don't you prune less off the tree and come back more often? Wouldn't this resolve the problem of badly shaped trees and trees in the lines?

My trees aren't touching the lines, so why do you have to prune them?

Can I prune my own trees?

Do you prune trees from the wire that runs from the pole to my house?

When do you remove trees?

Under what circumstances can you enter my yard and prune my trees?

Do you remove the debris after you prune?

How do I request wood chips?

Trees in the lines wouldn't be a problem if you had underground lines. Why don't you put all your lines underground?

Do you have information about the right trees and shrubs to plant under the lines?

Can customers request that City Light prune trees?

I hired a tree company to prune/remove my tree and they say they can't because it's too close to the lines - what do I do now?

Who do I contact if I have tree pruning questions or issues?

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