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Coquitlam homeowners asked to trim overgrown plants, shrubs for pedestrians safety

Is there vegetation in your front yard getting a bit too long?
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Overgrown plants in a front yard adjacent to a pedestrian sidewalk.

Coquitlam residents set to do yard work this summer are being reminded to trim everything that borders a sidewalk.

The city says trimming all plants, trees and shrubs improves pedestrian safety and reduces the risk of an unexpected hazard, especially during the spring and summer months when more people are choosing to head outdoors.

This includes anything that overhangs or that has overgrown beyond the front- or back-yard lines onto a boulevard.

"In order to ensure that our city walkways remain clear, residents are asked to maintain vegetation on their property so that our community, including people with limited mobility or those who may be visually impaired, can continue to move freely," adds Lawrence Dunks, city traffic and street use manager.

"Maintenance of privately owned trees is the responsibility of the property owner."

Dunks explains the city does not regulate tree trimming on private properties — only if it violates Coquitlam's tree management bylaw.

For more information, you can visit the city's website or email the urban forestry team directly:

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