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How to prune a young tree,  illustration by Robert O'brien
Illustration courtesy of Robert O'Brien

In most cases you need a permit to prune a tree in your front yard. A permit is always required to remove, prune or plant a tree near a sidewalk or street. 

Why should I prune trees when they are young?

  • Without proper pruning as a young tree, a mature tree may require unsightly and costly cuts.
  • Establishing good structure early in the tree’s life saves time, effort, and maintenance costs.