neighbors branches1Yes. It is legal to prune anything on your side of the property line. But — you are not allowed to kill or harm the tree by doing so. Hire a reputable tree service that will prune the tree appropriately. Here are some guidelines:

  • Proper pruning techniques should be used so that ugly stubs aren’t left in the tree.
  • Don’t over-prune! Current general recommendations are to remove no more than 15% of the tree’s leaves in one year.
  • Cut only dead wood or branches that are close to the roof. A clearance of 10 feet is sufficient.
  • The person who prunes the tree should not climb it with leg spikes.