In comparison with other cities in the region, Escondido has the highest number of trees per square mile.
City of Escondido Tree Services
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” We are committed to preserving our urban forest and part of that commitment is planting new trees. Throughout our parks, medians, and right of ways we have tree sites reserved for new trees to be planted.
A tree assessment if performed on every city tree before work begins. This assessment can be as simple as the tree worker on site developing a game plan before beginning a crown raise. Or as in-depth as using sonic tomography to develop a two dimensional image of the inside of a tree to fully evaluate its health and look for potential future hazards.
A key part of maintaining a healthy urban forest is trimming trees to keep them safe and give good structure. We trim trees based on three criteria; safety, visibility, and clearance. These three attributes are used to evaluate the need for trimming. The City of Escondido follows all ANSI standards when trimming trees.
An unfortunate part of managing an urban forest is the necessity for the removal of trees. We do not take the removal of trees lightly and only do so when necessary. Generally we remove trees because they have died, are damaging infrastructure, or show a pattern of failures that could cause a risk to public safety.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, public works staff is standing by ready to respond to any tree emergency that causes an immediate risk to the public. These emergency responses vary from single limbs that have fallen into the right of way to 80’ trees blocking multiple lanes of traffic.
All Escondido Public Works employees are trained on the use of chainsaws and chippers. This includes a basic class on proper pruning practices as found in ANSI standards. The tree crew has additional training related to aerial lift trucks, working at heights, rigging, felling techniques, and additional chainsaw training.
The presence of trees along streets helps reduce the speed of drivers, which makes it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The trees can reduce the frequency and severity of crashes overall making traffic calmer.