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Tree Care Information

The trees planted on your street were carefully chosen and planted to provide shade, windbreaks, privacy, attract birds and wildlife and to beautify your neighbourhood.

In an effort to keep the trees healthy the City's Urban Forestry experts ask you to help maintain your new tree by following these tips:

  • Keep lawn mowers and string trimmers away from the stem of the tree to avoid damage to the bark. Severe bark damage can result in the eventual death of the tree.
  • Please leave wood chips in place as they protect the tree from damage. The chips also reduce water loss by allowing water and nutrients to penetrate the soil more easily.
  • Please do not pile soil or grass clippings over the mulch.
  • Each tree is staked at the time of planting. The stakes will be removed by the contractor within the two year warranty period.
  • If you maintain a healthy lawn and boulevard, the tree will receive sufficient amounts of water.
  • Please do not overwater, it will drown the tree. During dry periods, water your tree twice a week. Saturating the tree infrequently encourages the production of a deep root system and drought tolerant trees. Shallow watering encourages surface rooting which makes the tree more vulnerable to drying out

For more information on how to care for your tree, please visit the International Society of Arboriculture Web site at www.isa-arbor.com.