Tree Trimming

Regular Trimming

The Electric Utility regularly trims trees, in accordance with the City's Tree Trimming Policy, to maintain adequate clearance between electric lines and trees. Trimming tree limbs is essential in providing dependable electric service with few interruptions.  

The City contracts with vegetation management companies to assist with the tree trimming program.  All trimming is done in accordance with specifications provided by a Certified Arborist, industry standards for tree trimming, and Texas Forest Service oak wilt guidelines. Prior to trimming, door hangers are left at the residences in the area providing the name and phone number for the City's contractor along with the starting date for the work.  Residents do not need to be home during the tree maintenance and the contractor will remove all trimming materials.  The brush and limb cuttings are ground into mulch as part of the program.

Read the City's press release from July 2019 about the multiyear tree maintenance program and view a map of the tree trimming area.   

Service Requests

If you notice tree limbs interfering with power lines, please contact the Service Department at 512.393.8313 or email Electric Utility.

Mulch Pick Up

Materials collected as part of the tree trimming program are chipped / ground and taken to the Brush Drop Off & Mulch Pick Up area of the San Marcos Animal Shelter located at 750 River Road.  City of San Marcos residents are invited to pick up free mulch or drop off brush, limbs, leaves, and grass clippings during the monthly event held the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Residents must provide a copy of a City of San Marcos utility bill and load and unload their materials.

Have Questions?  Contact...

  • Urban Forester at 512.393.8486 with questions regarding how to select, plant, water, and trim trees
  • Electric Distribution Manager at 512.393.8306 for questions about the tree trimming program
  • Electric Utility Service Department at 512.393.8313 to report tree limbs on or interfering with power lines