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The City is committed to beautifying and improving the urban environment through the introduction of trees on municipal boulevards.
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.
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 will be planted during the annual tree planting contract in the spring and/or fall, as budgets permit.
Residents are encouraged to care for their new boulevard 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 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.
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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and reduced staff levels in 2020, no proactive pruning will take place.
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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