Tree Planting Programs
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. In 2018, the City removed approximately 1,600 ash trees from boulevards and parks. An additional 2,900 trees will be removed in 2019 and 2020. At this time the City is considering the resources required for tree replacements and developing a process to manage replacement planting for trees removed as a result of CAP. Please refer to the Cottony Ash Psyllid Response Plan webpage for CAP-related tree and stumping removal schedules and replacement planting information.
Urban Forestry is responsible for planting and maintaining all City-owned trees, including boulevard trees. A boulevard is public land adjacent to private property, such as centre medians, the strip of lawn located between the curb and sidewalk, and the easement at the edge of your property that houses underground utilities and other infrastructure.
City Boulevard Width Example
Community Tree Planting Program
The Community Tree Planting Program allows homeowners in newly developed neighbourhoods to request a tree for the City-owned portion of their front and/or side yards free of charge. This program is funded by prepaid levies collected from the original sale of residential lots.
Urban Reforestation Tree Planting Program
COVID-19 Response: Urban Reforestation Tree Planting Program Temporarily Suspended
Due to COVID-19 physical distancing requirements and the need for home/yard visits, the Urban Reforestation Tree Planting Program has been temporarily suspended. Resident planting requests will be put in the queue for service once an easing of restrictions occur.
All other tree planting programs continue as planned.
Urban Forestry proactively selects established neighbourhoods and parks to replace and plant new trees as part of the Urban Reforestation Program. A Forestry Technician chooses appropriate plant sites and tree species that allow for successful establishment and contributes to a sustainable urban forest. Planting takes place between June and October each year.
Request a Tree
To view a list of available tree species for our tree planting programs, or to submit a boulevard tree planting request online, visit Request a Tree or contact Urban Forestry Customer Service.
Tree Planting Guidelines
Below is a list of our planting guidelines:
- Proximity to existing trees (must be a minimum of 7m from an existing tree)
- Small boulevard width (the City boulevard must be a minimum of 3 metres)
- Infrastructure conflicts (e.g., fire hydrants, street lights, overhead high voltage lines, underground water lines)
- Proximity to intersections (for safety reasons we must stay 7m from a street corner)
- Proximity to Stop, Yield and 30 km/hr School Zone signs (we must stay 7m from the front of a sign)
- The tree planting site must be up-to-grade.