Schedule & Notifications
The City of River Falls Public Works Department typically trims trees and brush in alleys, on boulevards, and along road right of ways within the city throughout the winter months. This work depends on the weather and is usually completed between snowstorms and other winter weather conditions. Once an area in need of trimming has been identified, door hanger notification cards are hung on properties in the area to be trimmed.
Tree Trimming Operations
Trimming trees consists of removing certain limbs to raise the street and or sidewalk clearance under the tree, and shaping the tree to provide good health for the tree to continue to grow. This prevents the limb from being hit or possibly broken which could cause the tree to become diseased and/or possibly causing damage to vehicles such as garbage trucks, snow plows, school buses, and street sweepers. Trimming is also done to provide visibility at intersections, curves, and corners.
Chipping & Composting
Trimmed material is normally chipped on site and the remaining chips are dumped at the compost site on the end of Locust Street past the River Falls School District's bus garage. Chips are free for city residents to take on a first come, first serve basis. Materials too large for the city's chipper are delivered to the wood pile at the compost site, then ground and recycled by a large tub grinder into wood fuel used in the bio boilers to heat buildings in downtown St. Paul. This process is done at no cost to the city.