The conservation of existing trees and the planting of new trees on development
sites is required by the Lee County Land Development Code. Both retained and new
trees provide breaks in the urban landscape and offer many benefits, including:
- providing oxygen
- conserving energy
- filtering water
a cooling canopy
- absorbing noise
- reducing glare
- creating areas for wildlife
- increased property values
Trees can be pruned to address
visibility and safety while maintaining their structural integrity. The intent
of tree maintenance is to allow required trees to grow into normal, mature
landscape features and is required by Section 10-421(c) of the Lee
County Land Development Code.
Severe Crown Pruning and Tree Topping
Severe pruning is considered irreparable damage to trees. Citations, to both
the property owner and the tree pruning contractor, will be issued. If the trees
are severely pruned, tree replacement will be required.
It is extremely important to plan your landscape to avoid future pruning
problems. Appropriate plant selection can result in a reduced need for extensive
pruning and maintenance.
View more information
on correct tree pruning, penalties for improper pruning, and examples of the most common and severe tree pruning violations in Lee County.
For information regarding plant selection and tree protection, call 239-533-8585. Information on landscape maintenance and plant pruning can also be
obtained by contacting the Lee County - University of Florida Extension Office
staff at 239-338-3232.