Tree Maintenance & Inspections
Elm Pruning Ban in Effect
The City reminds residents that the provincial ban on pruning elm trees will be in effect from Wednesday, April 1 to Monday, August 31, 2020.
The ban ensures that elm bark beetles, which transmit Dutch elm disease (DED), are not attracted to the freshly pruned trees at the time when these beetles are most active. Anyone wishing to prune elm trees during the ban must obtain a permit. Please call the City’s Parks Division at 306-975-3300 for more information.
Maintenance of City-owned trees located on boulevards, centre medians and in parks is the responsibility of the Urban Forestry Section.
Boulevard trees are pruned on a 7-year cycle - if your neighborhood is up for scheduled pruning, a notice will be left in your mailbox. Park trees are pruned on a 13-year cycle.
Young trees are pruned to improve structural strength, reduce costly maintenance in the future and to increase their longevity. Mature trees are pruned to eliminate hazards, provide clearance and maintain health.
2020 Boulevard Tree Pruning Schedule:
- Avalon - in progress
- Caswell Hill - in progress
- Airport Business Area - in progress
- Silverwood Heights - completed
- Nutana Park - completed
- Grosvenor Park - completed
2020 Park Tree Pruning Schedule:
Parks in Progress
- Dr. Seager Wheeler
- A H Browne
- B J Mahoney
- Dr G Herzberg
- Heritage Green Pocket
- John Lake
- Lt. Gen. GG Simonds
- Senator J. Hnatyshyn
- T J Quigley
- No parks completed
Cottony Ash Psyllid Outbreak
Saskatoon is currently experiencing an outbreak of cottony ash psyllid (CAP), an invasive insect that impacts black and mancana ash trees. To learn more about CAP and how to protect your trees from insect infestations, visit Tree Diseases & Pests. For more information on the City's response to the CAP outbreak, including tree and stumping removal schedules, visit Cottony Ash Psyllid Response Plan.
A Certified Arborist will inspect the tree within 10 business days. An inspection notice will be left at your home once the tree has been inspected. Work will be scheduled based on the results and the future requirements of the tree.
Back Lane Trees
Urban Forestry does not maintain trees in back lanes. The City of Saskatoon asks residents to keep the lane adjacent to their property free from overgrown trees and weeds. If you have a concern about a back lane tree interfering with lane access, please call the Bylaw Compliance Hotline at 306-657-8766 to report the location of the obstruction. A Bylaw Inspector from the Community Standards Division will follow up with the property owner directly and request that they trim the tree.
Damage to Private Property
If you believe your property has been damaged because of a City-owned tree or as the result of work performed by City staff, please file a legal claim with City Solicitors to determine liability.
Storm Response & Electrical Hazards
To report storm damaged trees please call Urban Forestry at 306-975-2890 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ) or the 24-hour Customer Service Centre at 306-975-2476 (after hours and weekends). All calls are prioritized, with the top priorities being:
- trees that are blocking main arterial roads
- trees that have fallen on buildings
A storm assessment notice will be attached to the storm damaged tree after it has been inspected. Depending on the severity of the storm, parks may be temporarily closed until a full tree inspection has been completed.
Electrical hazards such as trees on electrical wires should be reported to either Saskatoon Light & Power at 306-975-2414 or SaskPower at 306-310-2220, depending on the area of the city. Please consult this map to see which power company is responsible for the affected area. Once the hazard has been addressed, the utility company will contact Urban Forestry to complete the pruning process.
Tree & Stump Removals
Tree removals and stump grinding are two separate operations that are done at different times. Once a tree is marked for removal, it will be cut down to a stump. After the tree is removed, the stump will be removed within two years. The area will then be filled with topsoil and seeded.
For the safety of operators and bystanders, the following must be completed before stump grinding (removal) operations can proceed:
- Relocate vehicles and other equipment
- Move large rocks a minimum of 1 metre away from the stump
- Shovel small rocks, shale or pea gravel 2 metres away from the stump
- Relocate shrubs and other landscaping
For trees affected by cottony ash psyllid (CAP), please visit Cottony Ash Psyllid Response Plan for more information on CAP-related tree and stumping removal schedules.
After a stump has been removed, residents can request to have a tree replanted on the adjacent boulevard by submitting a form online at Request a Tree or by contacting Urban Forestry Customer Service.