2020 Street Tree Maintenance Program Update

Thursday, May 07, 2020

With the Provincial government’s announcement that a number of businesses – including tree care services – can begin to reopen, the tree maintenance on street trees project is now moving forward. Crews are following all protocols issued by public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment on their work sites.

The 2020 tree maintenance program includes pruning all town-owned street trees north of Dundas Street and town-owned street trees south of Dundas Street between Bronte Road and Burloak Drive. Forestry staff inspected slightly more than 10,200 street trees in this block and identified approximately 65 per cent of the trees are in need of pruning.

Tree maintenance reduces the chance of tree failure and the need for emergency pruning. Tree health and structure can be greatly increased by regular pruning, especially when the trees are young. Immature trees left unpruned can develop many problems such as weak branch structure, crossing branches, and more than one main trunk.

Some branches may be removed to provide clearance for sidewalks, roads, traffic signs, traffic lights and buildings. We assure you the pruning does not harm the tree and all work is performed in accordance with the International Society of Arboriculture’s best management practices and guidelines.  

Pruning is only performed on town trees. In some cases, trees are located on the municipal property bordering a homeowner’s yard. Crews will not prune residents’ private trees.

For more information, visit the Tree Maintenance page.

If you have any questions, please contact:

ServiceOakville (Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)