GTCRC will attempt to minimize impact to trees whenever possible, but there are times when trees along public roads need to be trimmed or removed. Generally, the following criteria will be considered by staff to determine if tree trimming or tree removal is necessary:
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Roadside GTCRC typically mows along paved county roads twice and unpaved county roads periodically / as needed (usually late-May through October). GTCRC does not routinely mow in dense residential areas / along subdivision roads.
GTCRC does not mow or clear brush for driveway sight distance. Driveway sight distance is the responsibility of the property owner. GTCRC does work to clear overgrown brush near county road intersections that are blocking sight distance. If you know of an intersection that needs to be addressed, please click here to report the issue.
Our operators take pride in leaving a professional-looking result. However, wood chips, leaf debris, sticks, etc. may often remain. A small amount of debris is to be expected and will not be removed (it will compost naturally). However, if a significant mess is overlooked, please contact us right away.
You may absolutely mow on your property. GTCRC considers roadside maintenance a team effort and is pleased to have property owners as partners in this vital safety program. This is why the GTCRC is eager to accommodate property owners who prefer to handle vegetation control themselves. This kind of joint effort benefits both GTCRC and the property owners.
GTCRC will remove trees within the road right-of-way that are dead or dying. If you know of a tree that needs to be evaluated for removal, please click here to report the issue. Alternatively, property owners are welcome to remove the tree in the road right-of-way adjacent to their property themselves. GTCRC does require that property owners obtain a permit prior to conducting work in the road right-of-way (there would be no fee for a permit to remove a tree).
Please note that GTCRC receives a large number of requests to service dead or dying trees. Unfortunately, pests/diseases like oak wilt, emerald ash borer, etc. limit the cutting season. A significant wait-time from when your request is received until GTCRC (or our contractors) are able to respond should be expected. GTCRC will prioritize removing trees, limbs or branches that have fallen across the traveled portion of the roadway.