Italian Stone Pine trimming begins in Lompoc

Posted at 6:04 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 21:10:47-04

Crews in Lompoc are trimming the Italian Stone Pines on H Street this week.

The city says there are 60 of the trees along the street. The trees have been there since the 1930’s and 1940’s. City leaders say 17 of the trees have fallen in recent years because they’re growing improperly over the street and becoming unstable. Pruning the trees will keep them healthy and stable so they live longer.

“I’ve been to Rome, and I’ve seen Italian Stone Pines that are hundreds of years old. They grow straight up into the air. A lot of the pines around here have a tendency to spread out. When they do that, they’re not as stable,” said Ken Knight, Registered Consulting Arborist.

Italian Stone Pines
Crews trim Italian Stone Pines along H Street in Lompoc (KSBY Photo)

Some parts of the road will be closed during the work, which could last several weeks. Drivers also won’t be able to park in the area during the project.

People who live in the areas where the tree trimming is taking place have been notified about the work. The trees may drip sap for several days after being trimmed.