Tree trimming

A healthy urban forest improves our quality of life. Trees, plants and shrubs help clean the air, conserve energy, increase property values, and make Guelph’s neighbourhoods more beautiful and enjoyable.

The City of Guelph Forestry Section maintains all municipal owned trees within the right of way and parks trees. Forestry responds to approximately 1,200 requests for service for tree issues and services an average of 2200 trees yearly. The preventative maintenance programs consist of street tree pruning; tree inspections, tree preservation, and tree fertilization to ensure that the trees are safe are healthy. Forestry staff responds to after-hour emergencies to remove trees or branches that have been knocked down during wind storms throughout the year.

Tree concerns and requests are addressed on both a priority and scheduling basis. Inspections will be completed within 10 to 15 business days. Approved work is then prioritized. Due to an existing backlog low priority work may take 18 months to complete. To report a tree requiring inspection or request a site visit for a new tree you will require the following information:

  • the name of the street
  • municipal (building) number
  • the name of the nearest cross-street