City-owned trees are pruned on a regular, cyclical schedule. Pruning promotes long-term tree health and structure and helps to eliminate potential hazards. Pruning operations follow the best management practices in terms of pruning techniques and cycles.
- Elm trees are pruned on a four-year cycle. Most other tree species are pruned every seven years. Please note that conifers are not pruned by the City, unless there is an explicit safety concern as identified by an Urban Forester.
- Approximately 60,000 City-owned trees are scheduled for pruning annually, as per the operational work plan.
- Trees that are prone to specific diseases, such as black knot and fire blight, are pruned every four years.
- Urban Forestry does not provide clearance pruning requests for non-safety related signage and/or businesses, as this is considered cosmetic.
- If a City-owned tree is blocking a traffic light or traffic sign, please contact 311.
Urban Forestry does not prune privately-owned trees for clearance purposes within rear alleyways. If the tree in the alleyway is City-owned and of concern, please call 311 for an evaluation.
In the event of a severe storm, Urban Forestry has a team of dedicated Arborists that oversee the timely response of cleanup and hazard mitigation. If you notice a hazardous branch or tree, please contact 311.
If a privately-owned tree falls onto City property, Forestry will remove any debris and hazards from City property. Any brush or debris from the privately-owned tree will be left for the private property owner to remove from site.
As per the Community Standards Bylaw, the pruning and removal of elm trees is only permitted between October 1 and March 31. If there is an immediate concern or request for elm tree pruning outside the regulated season, please contact Pest Management to be considered for an exemption permit.