Tree Maintenance 

The City takes responsibility for all trees on City property.  That means that some regular maintenance is required in order to keep people & property safe.  Tree maintenance is organized and scheduled in direct proportion to public safety.  Trees along roads and in busy areas will receive much more maintenance than trees in parks and woodlands. 

Two arborists at the City perform tree inspections and organize all the required work to be done.  All required work is completed by contractors.  Our current tree maintenance contractor is Davey Tree Expert Company. 

We have four (4) Parallel Maintenance Programs for tree safety:   Hydro maintenance, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) removal,  Work Orders & Grid Pruning.

Grid Pruning

This is the systematic pruning of all trees on every street & in every park.  It takes a few years to prune all the trees in Brantford.  By the time we've pruned all the trees once, the first trees have grown so much that we need to start over again.

We inspect and prune every tree on every street.   We also inspect & prune trees in parks and along trails.  Woodland trees are only inspected if they are close to a trail or park.

Grid pruning is done whenever possible.  Grid pruning has taken a back seat due to emergency and storm calls, EAB removal and a large volume of calls for work requests. 

Work Orders

Work Orders respond to requests from the public to fix problems that can't wait until Grid Pruning takes place. Sometimes issues come up that can't wait.  If you have a concern such as: 

  • safety concern
  • dead branches
  • dead tree
  • low branches
  • bug or disease problems
  • you want a new tree
  • any other tree question

Call Parks & Recreation 519-756-1500, Extension 5544 or use myBrantford to report your concern.  We can answer many questions over the phone. 

  • If we can't solve your problem over the phone, we'll make a Work Order so a Certified Arborist can inspect the situation. 
  • We inspect work orders in priority sequence.  That means if you're request doesn't sound dangerous, it will take us a while to respond.  We would like to get to you sooner, but we just have to keep everybody safe.  It's our number #1 goal.

We balance both of these programs based on safety priority.  We really appreciate all the calls we get each year from concerned citizens with questions about their trees.  We love to see people interested in trees!