Came home today to find a flyer from the Seattle City Light about pruning our magnolia tree – since it’s so close to the power lines. Just curious to see if anyone has received the same flyer or if anyone has dealt with the City regarding tree maintenance in the past? My husband and I are a little worried that they will be too aggressive about pruning the tree.
I don’t remember, might have gotten a flyer, anyway they came by and did some trimming one or two years ago. It turned out pretty well, considering – they did a clean job and didn’t overdo it at all. Of course much depends on the situation – they have to do what they have to do – but I bet they will solve the problem without mangling the tree, if they can.
We were aghast at the trimming that they did a couple (maybe 3?) years ago, but it’s filled back in nicely. The tree did look a little odd for about a year, though.
I suggest that you Google something like, ‘how to prune magnolia tree’, grab a tall ladder and tools and do it yourself before they hack the heck out of it. Not just for aesthetics, but the health of your tree.
Really? Prune it yourself around high power lines? Clearly you have more guts than I do! I’ll call an arborist out to clean-up our plum the best they can afterwards but I’ll let them deal with the power lines on their own. That’s why they have specially trained arborist doing the work.
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