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The Town of Milton plants new street trees for the health and well-being of our environment. Large street trees provide cleaner air, cooler building temperatures and beautify our neighbourhoods.
If you have recently received a new street tree or have planted a tree on your own property, please follow these simple steps to ensure the tree remains healthy for years to come:
Tree stakes are only required to support your tree for two full growing seasons. If tree stakes in your boulevard need to be removed, please contact us as noted on the left of this page.
Please report your concern to the Engineering Services Department using the contact information on the left side of this page so staff can track tree issues in your neighbourhood.
If you live in a newer area which has not yet been assumed by the Town, Engineering Services will contact the developer on your behalf. "Assumed" and "Assumption" are terms used to describe the process of the Town taking over the responsibility for all municipal works in a new development, including street tree works.
Trees are typically designed to be placed every 9 to 12 metres within the right-of-way. (The right-of-way defines the limits of the public roadway next to your home, which includes the sidewalks, roads, and often the street trees.)
You may not have received a tree because of a site or utility conflict, such as a setback from driveways, street light or cable box, which prohibits planting of a tree. (A setback is the required minimum spacing between objects to ensure visual safety, proper access to utilities, and/or to limit disturbance to trees.) Some of these utilities, such as sanitary connections, are underground and are not visible at the surface.
Your subdivision developer may have itemized a street tree in the Purchase and Sale Agreement of your home; however, the payment goes toward the streetscape of the subdivision as a whole and not for individual trees for specific lots. Payment of this money does not mean that your home or lot will necessarily have a street tree in the boulevard.
Report your concern to the Engineering Services Department using the contact information on the left side of this page so staff can track tree issues in your neighbourhood.
Please do not add soil around the trunk as raising the level of soil over the tree's roots may decay the base of the trunk. Decay in the trunk may allow invasive insects to enter the tree, as well as limit the tree's ability to take up water; however, an organic mulch of shredded bark or wood chips is beneficial for your tree to retain soil moisture, moderate soil temperatures, and reduce competition from grass and weeds. When mulching your tree, provide a layer of 5 - 10 cm (2 - 4 inches) of mulch over the root area. As noted above, please do not create a "volcano" of mulch at the base of the tree or add stones, pavers or bricks around the tree. These activities could cause the tree to show signs of stress and trees could potentially die as a result of such activities.