Street Trees

The City is committed to beautifying and improving the urban environment through the introduction of trees on City-owned road rights-of-way. Each year, the City undertakes a Street Tree Pruning Program.

The 2024 budget funds increased pruning, fertilizing, and watering for the City’s 35,000+ street trees. See more budget highlights

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:

  • on the boulevard (between the sidewalk and the curb).
  • within a set distance from the curb, in instances where there is no sidewalk. Note this distance varies and is dependent on the individual property limits.

As such, these trees are municipal property.

Street Tree Watering Program

Tree watering bags are being provided to residents who are willing to help water a newly planted boulevard tree, which need to be watered regularly once a week from May to October. This will create and sustain a healthy urban forest in Barrie. 

Street Tree Pruning Program

Forestry staff undertake the Street Tree Pruning Program throughout each year, pruning approximately 3,500 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 street trees within different areas. 

View the 2024 Pruning Contract Area

If you're located outside of this area and feel your street tree requires pruning, please email your address and photos of the concern to or visit and create/log in to your account (choose "Parks and Trees" and the form will walk you through the appropriate steps).

Street Tree Pruning FAQs

Did you know? Boulevard gardens are an excellent way to beautify your neighbourhood and support the ecosystem by planting native species.