Technical Tree Manual

Consultation has concluded

The City of Guelph knows that trees play a vital role in our health and well being. Trees make numerous and valuable contributions to individuals, neighborhoods, our city and even globally. All trees in Guelph contribute to our urban forest and to the combined benefits our planet receives from each tree.

We have created a tree technical manual that is designed to help people understand the standards and guidelines for establishing, protecting and maintaining a healthy urban forest in the City of Guelph. The manual is to be used by private landowners, businesses and public organizations for activities involving trees

The City of Guelph knows that trees play a vital role in our health and well being. Trees make numerous and valuable contributions to individuals, neighborhoods, our city and even globally. All trees in Guelph contribute to our urban forest and to the combined benefits our planet receives from each tree.

We have created a tree technical manual that is designed to help people understand the standards and guidelines for establishing, protecting and maintaining a healthy urban forest in the City of Guelph. The manual is to be used by private landowners, businesses and public organizations for activities involving trees on both public and private lands in the City of Guelph.

The TTM’s project scope is not meant to review or revise existing City policies, such as the Official Plan or the Private Tree Bylaw.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • I'm interested to read about the Tree Technical Manual but I have concerns about tree planting in Guelph. We had several ash trees removed on our street due to the Emerald Ash borer (with more losses to come). The city planted an Acer niger in July, a lovely, healthy tree and I watched it drop its leaves rapidly in the extreme heat and drought. (I'm curious to see whether it will survive next year). Why does the city plant trees during the summer? Why does the city not water them? Why could the city not undertake to request homeowners to at least water the new tree periodically during the growing season? I have a horticultural diploma and know the importance of proper tree planting. I would have personally taken it upon myself to water the tree but it was at the other end of the street. My observations are that the city just plants trees and then leaves them with no after care; I seem to see many dead saplings or young trees around Guelph. We are experiencing climate change and trees are more important than ever. Is there a plan in place for tending saplings. Thank you for allowing me to ask these questions.

    Jude asked 5 months ago

    Hello,

    All of our newly planted trees should be watered every two to three weeks or more frequently during times of drought for the first two growing seasons. The City’s watering crew was out everyday from May to late August this year. However, after two years has passed and during periods of drought we kindly ask for the homeowner’s assistance to provide the tree with adequate water. This information is provided to residents when the City plants a new tree in front of their homes.

    Although July this year was not an ideal month to plant trees, the planting program extended late into the season this year due to the large number of trees that needed to be planted. The maple tree we planted likely exhibited signs of planting shock combined with the stress of the extreme heat this summer. Please let us know if the tree does not recover or if we have missed this, or any tree on our watering schedule by contacting me directly or parks@guelph.ca.

    Regards,

    Timea Filer, R.P.F., Urban Forestry Field Technologist

    519-822-1260 Ext.3352

    timea.filer@guelph.ca