Trees on Private Property 

Flowering cherry tree growing in a boulevard on in an urban areaMany citizens plant and care for their trees.  Most people know the basics of tree care, but it's easy to get stumped on a particular problem. 

Brantford has a Private Tree Bylaw.   This bylaw protects certain rare species and a select list of woodlots on private property.  If you have questions about the Private Tree Bylaw please call (519) 756-1500, Extension 5544 or send a request online at

How to Hire an Arborist

When trees are small it's easy to do a little bit of trimming to keep the tree in bounds and keep an attractive shape.  Too soon though, the branches are far overhead and difficult to reach.  Often times it's time for getting professional help. 

What to Look for in an Arborist:

  • Arborist Certification - the International Society of Arboriculture administers tests to experienced professionals covering all aspects of tree care.  Click to visit the International Society of Arboriculture website in a new browser for information on why hiring a certified Arborist is important.
  • Proof of insurance: you can even phone up the insurance company listed on the documentation to verify the accuracy of the insurance policy.
  • References: ask for references for local examples of similar work to what you are looking to do.
  • When getting estimates, get more than one; 3 is a good minimum. 
  • Don't automatically accept the lowest estimate; weigh the credentials, references, and quality of workmanship you can expect from each proposal.
  • Be wary of door-to-door sales for tree pruning or removal.  Most reputable tree service companies are too busy to solicit work in this manner.  Improper or poor quality tree work can take years to correct itself, if possible at all. 
  • Membership in a professional organization

There's many sources of good tree care information.  You can branch out and ask an arborist, leaf through some books at the library, or just stick to the internet.