Clear the way!


Get out the clippers.

If you’re like me, you know how annoying overgrown bushes and low-hanging tree limbs can be when you’re walking.

This is a great time for you to do something about it. The weather is perfect – so get out your pruning tools!

Crepe Myrtle overgrowth claims another victim.

Crepe Myrtle overgrowth claims another victim.

Even better, get your neighbors to do the same:

  • Schedule a neighborhood sidewalk clearing event and recruit volunteers
  • Post blogs or articles in your neighborhood newsletter that encourage people to trim shrubs. Advise them that if volunteers encounter overgrown shrubs, they’ll take on the task.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires the area 80 inches (6 feet, 8 inches) above the entire sidewalk to be completely clear. In other words, overgrown bushes and low-hanging limbs are actually illegal. If you or someone you know needs convincing, find a tall volunteer or someone with a stroller. Vines overgrowth sidewalkTake note of their comfort levels walking through overgrowth before and after the sidewalk is cleared. I’m sure they will thank you!

Trees Atlanta offers free training so that you can learn to prune properly. Be sure to sign up for the Trees Atlanta email to learn the dates and locations of the upcoming pruning sessions.

See you on the sidewalk!