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Questions and Answers for Property Owners in the York and
Durham Region

After providing complete tree care services to clients throughout the York and Durham Region and the GTA for over 35 years, Uxbridge Tree Service has encountered a number of reoccurring questions from our clients. We want you to have the information you need to make the right decisions for your property, so we have provided answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact our tree care specialists with any additional questions or concerns.


Q1: What is the process for tree pruning and removal?

A1: Depending on the size, location and overall condition of your tree, there are several different removal and pruning options. While we certainly use heavy-duty bucket trucks and cranes, most of our pruning and removal work is completing by our hands-on team. We use specialized rigging equipment and climbing gear to reach even the most out-of-place branches and trim them safely.


Q2: How can you make my tree smaller?

A2: Removing the top section of a tree in order to reduce its height is generally not recommended. This has the side effect of removing live growth, which has negative consequences for the overall health of the tree and could even increase the risk of it falling. If there are existing structural defects, however, we can use a process known as “crown reduction” to decrease the size of the tree crown without causing further damage.


Q3: Is it possible to prune or remove my trees during the winter?

A3: Yes. While it might seems slightly unusual, the winter months are actually a great time to remove or prune your trees. The lack of leaves means that the entire structure of the trees is much more visible and easily accessible. Due to the fact that trees and the surrounding areas are dormant during this period, the pruning wounds will only be exposed until the new growing spring period and there is a greatly reduced chance of your tree being exposed to diseases. Additionally, the frozen ground makes it easier to remove larger trees.


Q4: What exactly is “stump grinding”?

A4: While the name might bring to mind the smell of pepper, stump grinding is a process where we use a large machine to grind stumps into smaller wood chips. This removes unsightly and intrusive stumps without causing excessive damage to the ground.



Q5: Do I need a permit to remove my tree?

A5: Maybe. Due to updates in municipal laws throughout the York and Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area, the majority of property owners will need to obtain a permit before removing a tree. Trees protected under municipal law can include those on private property, in ravines and near other natural features, older trees and those found on municipal lands.


Q6: How do I know what arborist report I need?

A6: Depending on your situation, you can choose from several different types of arborist reports, including:

  • Tree inventories – This is a report that will identify all the trees on a specific lot and group them by species, size, condition and value. They also take note of trees that are protected under bylaw.
  • Tree assessments – These reports typically are required by a municipality when you are applying for a removal permit. They provide details regarding the species, size, structure and overall health of a tree.
  • Tree valuations – If you are involved in an insurance claim or a court case regarding the removal of a tree, these types of reports are commonly used to assess the approximate value of one or more specific trees.
  • Tree preservation plans – When you are planning a construction or property development project, your municipality could request a preservation plan before issuing you a permit. These plans typically involve elements of tree inventory, assessment and valuation reports, and identifying the appropriate steps that will be taken to preserve the appropriate trees.


Q7: What time of year should my yard be fertilized?

A7: Fertilization can technically be performed at any point after the ground has thawed enough to allow the nutrients to be properly absorbed. The most common period for fertilization lasts from April to October. It is standard practice to avoid fertilization in late summer, as this forces new plant and tree growth that will not have adequate time to prepare to survive the winter months.


Q8: What should I do if I suspect my tree is infested with insects or has a disease?

A8: Your first step should be to contact us to schedule a consultation. After examining the tree we can determine what type of insect or disease is affecting the health of the tree. Often times, it is external factors that are causing the problem many of which can be treated and the tree can be preserved.


Q9: Does Uxbridge Tree Service provide free estimates?

A9: Yes we do! When you have a project in mind, don’t hesitate to call Uxbridge Tree Service to schedule an appointment for an estimate. Our arborists will be more than happy to provide you with helpful information and free estimate on all your tree care needs.

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