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The City is committed to beautifying and improving the urban environment through the introduction of trees on City-owned road right-of-ways.
Street trees lost during the July 15th Barrie tornado will be replaced in fall 2021 and spring 2022, based on availability of tree species.
Tornado Recovery Updates & Resources
Street trees are planted on the area of City-owned land between the property owner’s front property line and the street curb. These areas can be:
As such, these trees are municipal property and requests for maintenance or planting can be made via City staff.
The City provides replacement trees in older areas of Barrie, provided the location conforms with minimum setback standards and is clear of utilities. To request a street tree, please call 705-726-4242. Trees are planted during the annual tree planting contract in the spring and/or fall, as budgets permit.
If you have concerns about the health of your street tree, please contact Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or
ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca to provide details so an urban forestry staffperson can attend to assess the tree's health.
All new subdivisions are required to be planted by the subdivision developer. The City will not reimburse residents for any payments made to the developer for boulevard/street trees.
Residents are encouraged to care for their new street tree by providing adequate watering and fertilizing. To remain healthy, the new tree will require some help from the homeowner:
Please water the tree once a week during the summer months or during dry periods. Participate in the
Street Tree Watering Pilot Program (three-year commmitment) to use a slow release watering bag provided by the City, or water by letting the hose dribble slowly at the base of the tree for an hour.
Protect your tree by avoiding striking the bark with your lawnmowers or weedeater as this will girdle the tree and lead to its death.
Keep all weed killers away from the tree and do not fertilize the tree for the first two years. Your new tree may experience some shock and appear under stress for the first few months.
All newly planted boulevard trees are automatically inspected the year after they are planted to ensure they are healthy. If they did not survive, they are marked for removal and replacement as part of the process of inspection.
The City is responsible for the maintenance of trees located on the City-owned road right-of-way (between curb and private property line). Each year the Forestry Section undertakes a Street Tree Pruning Program, pruning approximately 3500 street trees as part of maintenance requirements for clearance from streets, lights, signs, sidewalks, lawns, as well as to remove crowded branches, structurally weak branches, dead branches, etc. The primary purpose of the program is tree health and public safety.
The City contracts out the pruning of streets within three areas of the City. The tree pruning runs May through October.
Street tree pruning is required approximately every 7–10 years.
Street tree pruning is completed by a qualified forestry crew.
Street trees are pruned for:
Standard tree pruning involves:
Individual tree pruning requirements may include:
If, during the tree pruning, a tree is found to be more than 50% dead; is diseased; or is deemed to be structurally unsound it will be scheduled for complete removal.
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