The Town of Whitby's goal is to create and maintain a safe, healthy, diverse, and sustainable urban forest that reflects the needs of the community. The Town's urban forestry management program includes the general maintenance of trees located on Town streets, parks, and other designated Town properties. The Town also seeks to protect trees on private property.
Maintenance of trees involves:
The Town performs tree inspections on Town-owned lands (e.g. streets; parks) to ensure the safety of its residents and in response to residential questions or concerns.
The Town plants about 600 trees each year along streets and in parks. This involves planting trees at new locations or replacing trees that have been removed.
The purpose of pruning is to produce safe, healthy trees. Pruning for safe trees involves removing branches that could fall and cause injury or property damage, or removing branches that interfere with lines of sight on streets or driveways. Pruning for healthy trees involves removing insect or disease infested wood and removing crossed and rubbing branches. Pruning can best be used to encourage trees to develop a strong structure and reduce the likelihood of damage during storms. The Town's tree pruning program involves pruning residential street trees on a 5 year cycle. Residents may request pruning of trees by contacting the Public Works Department, Operational Services.
2019/2020 Block Pruning Schedule
Tree Removal on Town owned land
The Town removes municipal trees that pose a safety hazard or trees that may not be saved due to insect, disease, or other irreparable damage. If a tree needs to be removed adjacent to your property, prior notification will be given to the homeowner.
Tree Protection / Tree Removal on private property
Much of the Town of Whitby's forest cover is located on private property. These trees are an important part of both our urban and rural forests, and the larger ecosystem. In certain circumstances, trees on private property are protected and regulated under the provisions of municipal by-laws.
Prior to removal of any trees on private property, the Town encourages property owners to work with the Town regarding the appropriate and necessary approvals under the provisions of municipal by-laws.
For additional information regarding tree protection and tree removal on private property, please contact the Planning and Development Department at 905.430.4306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant Health Care
Maintaining a healthy tree in the urban environment can be difficult due to poor site conditions. All trees, regardless of their age, require water regularly. Newly planted trees need to be watered every week from April to November, for 3 years, to become well established. Adding mulch around the base of the tree will help preserve moisture and add nutrients to the soil. The Town applies water and mulch to newly planted trees on boulevards and in parks.
Insect and Disease Management
Insects and diseases are a natural part of the environment and are commonly found on trees. Most insects and diseases will not harm the tree; however, the Town of Whitby uses and encourages the practice of a Plant Health Care program. This will help trees maintain their health and become more resistant to insect and disease problems.
Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) is a non-for-profit organization helping to protect and improve Whitby's urban forest through the delivery of a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program in partnership with the Town of Whitby and other Durham Region municipalities.
Full Service Backyard Tree Planting Program
Residential and commercial property owners in Whitby who are looking to plant trees receive expert help in getting the right native tree in the right location. The program is offered at a subsidized rate ranging from $180-220 per tree.
Whitby residents participating in the Full Service Backyard Planting Program will receive:
- An on-site consultation in your yard with a certified arborist,
- A five to eight foot tall tree (two to four feet for evergreens),
- Delivery and planting service,
- Follow up care instructions.
The property owner pays approximately 50% of full value of the service; the difference is paid by the program's funding partners- the Town of Whitby and Durham Region.
There is also a Do-It-Yourself version of the program, offered at a slightly lower cost where property owners receive their consultation virtually and planting is done by the property owner.
In addition to the tree planting program and native shrubs and garden kits are also available.
Visit the LEAF website for details and to sign up!