Trees reduce air temperature by blocking sunlight.
Deciduous trees block sunlight in the summer, but allow sunlight in the winter.
Trees shade hard surfaces like driveways, patios, and outer walls, thus keeping homes cooler.
Trees absorb and block noise and reduce glare.
Trees help settle and trap dust, pollen, and smoke from the air.
Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
Trees help reduce surface water runoff, thus reducing erosion and stabilizing soil.
Trees have been reported as having a positive and peaceful effect on people and create a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
Trees can create lasting impressions on how a community is perceived by visitors and affect the mood and community pride of its residents.
Why do trees need trimming?
Some tree species grow faster than others, and need trimming more often. Also, taller trees may become unstable or can get too close to power lines.
What is the most common reason for tree removal?
The most common reason for tree removals is Capital Improvement Projects targeting sidewalk, curb/gutter, and street damage.
However, trees are also removed for the following reasons:
Dead or dying
Root or tree damage
Who decides when a tree is in a poor enough condition to be removed?
The City has 7 International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists and 1 Certified Municipal Arborist on staff that conduct thorough inspections, risk assessments, and also consider other alternatives before deciding a tree needs to be removed.
How do I care for a newly planted tree?
All we ask from our residents is that they water the tree regularly and keep the basin at the bottom of the tree intact. If there are any other issues the City of Torrance will respond and handle. Just let us know.
Can I get a tree in front of my house?
Yes! Call Public Works at (310) 781-6900 so they can evaluate your request. If approved, the Streetscape Division will purchase the proper size and species of tree for your location and will plant it at no cost to the homeowner.
Does the City have a tree removal quota?
No. Trees are only removed if absolutely necessary and after careful consideration.
My tree was removed, but I still want one.
Not to worry! In most cases, once a tree has been removed and all other work is completed, a less invasive plant species will be planted and a door hanger explaining the maintenance needs of the new tree will be given to the homeowner.
How do I request a tree to be removed?
Call Public Works at (310) 781-6900. The Arborists on staff will conduct an inspection, and if approved, the Streetscape division will carry out the request.