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City Of Windsor Explains Tree Trimming Procedures

Friday June 9th, 2023, 9:56am


The City of Windsor is explaining how the tree trimming process works for city trees.

If you have a City-owned tree near your home, you may have seen some trimming going on and wondered why and what forestry experts look for in the way of a tree in need.

“Windsor has a significant number of trees, and approximately 70 thousand are street trees,” said Dr. Yemi Adeyeye, City of Windsor Forester and Manager of Forestry and Natural Areas. “To keep trees in good shape and provide protection from falling limbs, we’ve created a preventative tree maintenance program. Under this program, we have a seven-year trimming cycle that means we’re proactively trimming back about 10 thousand trees each year.”

With so many trees, City crews also work with four certified contractors who follow rigorous arboriculture (tree care) standards. These standards include the removal of deadwood, crossing limbs (up to four inches in diameter) and ensuring a good, healthy branching structure in each tree’s canopy.

The standards also call for specific clearance levels over roads, sidewalks, driveways and homes:

  • Clearance over curb 450 centimetres (14 to 15 feet)
  • Clearance over lawn 240 centimetres (8 feet)
  • Clearance over roofs 300 centimetres (10 feet)
  • Clearance over driveway 300 centimetres (10 feet)
  • Clearance around traffic signs 60 centimetres (2 feet)
  • Clearance around streetlight cables 60 centimetres (2 feet)
  • Clearance of streetlights for a 45-degree angle light pattern

The city says if you have any questions regarding this program or other forestry-related matters, you contact 311 or contact the Forestry Department at [email protected] by email.

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