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By Meghan Sparks

Residents question trimming the trees

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- The city trims thousands of trees each year, but some complaints from homeowners last year have prompted city leaders to question what they can do to better educate the public.

The Rochester landscape is filled with trees and in order to keep them looking good the city must do their part.

"We just want to make sure that these trees will be assets in the future, if we don't prune them formatively we actually end up losing them early."

City forester Jacob Ryg says forestry crews will soon begin trimming trees and will work until April, but last year some homeowners didn't feel the trimming was up to their standards.

Typically neighbors aren't notified when trees in the area will be trimmed but council member Bruce Snyder says the key to preventing problems is communication.

"By having the face to face communications or over the telephone the forestry department can explain to people what's going to happen and why it needs to happen."

Ryg says going door to door to every household is unrealistic but that he welcomes phone calls from homeowners.

"I like to talk to people about it because it kind of educates people on their own trees."

Each year the forestry department trims about six thousand boulevard trees. Although neighbors take pride in their greenery they need not be worry. Trimming personal have more than 150 years of combined experience.

"This is not a criticism of the forestry department or the parks and rec department. There's always room for improvement and I think this is an area we can improve on."

"When homeowners typically prune their own boulevard trees or trees in their yard "

Although some prefer to do the work themselves, Ryg suggests leaving it to the professionals.

Residents can trim their own trees, but must first obtain a license from the city and as Ryg suggests it's best to leave the job up to a professional.

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