Trees are being pruned in Burlington. Here’s what you should know

Published June 26, 2023 at 2:41 pm

It’s tree pruning season in Burlington and the City has a plan.

This year, four areas are being targeted:

  • The Orchard,
  • Millcroft,
  • Alton Village
  • the commercial area south of Upper Middle Rd., between Appleby Line and Burloak Dr., including Regional roads.

The pruning program is carried out to protect the urban tree canopy which in Burlington is extensive, but it also provides other benefits such as allowing emergency response vehicles to move easily around the streets. As well, it makes sure there are clear sight lines around intersections and driveways and makes traffic signs more visible for everyone’s safety.

“A properly pruned tree has a better chance of making it through a storm and other significant weather events,” according to the City. “Fewer broken tree limbs and trees means more trees stay in the ground and off the ground”

The City works with certified arborists to prune municipal trees. These experts follow the City’s approved tree pruning standards and International Society of Arboriculture best practices.

This pruning cycle is based on tree characteristics and external factors such as insects, weather or disease.

Trees are pruned to remove weak, dead or diseased limbs and to create a canopy over streets and sidewalks so pedestrians, cars and service vehicles can go under the trees without damaging them. According to the City, Pruning is a proven practice to help grow strong, healthy, beautiful trees.

“The pruning cycle is primarily based on the characteristics of trees and the fact they are living organisms and their health can be affected by many external factors,” according to the City. “One of the primary objectives of the grid pruning program is to mitigate any potential hazards within a tree, such as large deadwood and any obvious weakened and/or diseased limbs. Clearance pruning over sidewalks and roadways, where applicable, will be performed to allow for unimpeded pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Where required, low limbs from private trees encroaching over sidewalks or roadways will also be pruned back to allow for safe passage.”

Questions about the City’s Street Tree Pruning Program can be sent to [email protected].


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