LOS FELIZ — Besides what seem like endless traffic jams, Los Feliz Boulevard is also known for the approximately 300 deodar cedars that shade the wide street and sidewalks. Today, crews began trimming the landmark trees for the first time in 15 years, a job that will take about three weeks to complete.
The trees, some of which were planted nearly a century ago, are a city historic landmark. But after the city was unable to pay for trimming the deodars, the Los Feliz Improvement Association stepped in and raised funds for project. Faith Ford, chair of the association’s Beautification Committee, provided more details about what’s involved:
Prior to an agreement with City Councilman Tom La Bonge’s office, and LA Urban Forestry, the beautification committee of the LFIA hired an ISA certified arborist to evaluate and tag the Deodars and other trees that line the Boulevard, over 300 in all. There are several Deodars that will require removal as identified by the arborist. The LFIA will replace these trees as we have for decades, however, planting time is in the winter for such coniferous trees. The work will be done by a city managed and approved firm, and the law requires that trees be trimmed 14 feet above the roadway and 9 feet above the sidewalk, for fire, trash and emergency vehicles to pass below safely.
We are fortunate to have the same supervisor guiding this trimming work as the last time; he understands the appreciation that Los Feliz residents enjoy for the natural look and form of these special trees. After the trimming, boulevard residents will receive the arborist’s suggested care of these trees going forward; our community will need to take into consideration the record drought and the state’s new rules.
The crews will being trimming trees on the north side of the boulevard, working from east to west before doubling back to work on trees on the south side of the street.
While the drought has taken a toll, many of the trees are also suffering from the overwatering of the parkway, Ford said. The association will launch an education program to inform residents and property owners about the dangers posed by overwatering and provide advice on tree care.