Trees benefit everyone by:
- Purifying the air we breathe
- Reducing the effects of pollution
- Increasing property values
- Creating and enhancing wildlife habitats
- Reducing heating and cooling costs on your home
How to keep your street trees healthy
The trees planted on your street were carefully chosen to provide shade, windbreaks and privacy; attract birds and wildlife; and beautify your neighbourhood. Help keep your street trees healthy by following these tips:
- Do not trim the tree-the city will trim the tree as it matures
- Keep lawn mowers and string trimmers away from tree trunks to avoid damaging the bark, which can eventually kill a tree.
- Do not excavate around the base of your tree—you can easily damage the tree’s small feeder roots at the surface of the lawn.
- Leave wood chips and mulch at the base of the tree in place––they protect the tree from damage and reduce water loss by allowing water and nutrients to enter the soil more easily.
- Do not pile soil or grass clippings over mulch or woodchips.
- Water slowly and deeply using a soaker hose or a sprinkler to encourage the tree's roots to grow deep, protecting it from drought.
- Maintain a healthy lawn and boulevard.
Damaged or diseased trees
If you notice a municipal tree is damaged or diseased, please contact the Forestry section at the Parks and Recreation Dept.
The City of Woodstock prunes trees on municipal properties only. If you notice newly planted trees that require attention (eg. have broken stakes), please contact the Forestry section at the number or email at the bottom of the page.
Pruning trees on neighbouring private property
The act of pruning trees on neighbouring private property affects private property rights and is a civil issue between private property owners. The city has no jurisdiction with respect to such issues. Therefore, it is best for property owners to come to an agreement between themselves with respect to trees overhanging property lines. If an agreement cannot be reached, you may want to consult a lawyer to determine your legal rights.
If pruning branches from your neighbour’s tree that overhang your property, please remember:
- You cannot trespass on your neighbour’s property;
- You cannot damage your neighbour’s property (in this case a tree); and
- You have the right to maintain your property in a safe condition
Woodstock Hydro Services along with the City of Woodstock conduct regularly scheduled tree maintenance to create the necessary clearances between hydro wires and nearby trees.
City crews prune and remove trees in woodlands throughout the city when necessary to protect the safety of people or property, or to promote forest health. All limb and trunk wood is left on site within the wooded area, according to practices endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This encourages the natural regeneration of the woodland by providing biomass material for regrowth, provides habitat for woodland insects and animals, and leaves the sensitive woodland understory undisturbed.
Other woodlot maintenance action may include managing pests and diseases, invasive vegetation control, and prescribed burns to promote seedling and vegetation regeneration.
For more information contact
Parks and Recreation Office at 519-539-2382 Ext. 4101