The City of St. Catharines plants trees to help improve air quality and add economic value, beauty and shade to a neighbourhood. Trees are planted on public boulevards, property allowances fronting residences and in circles where trees do not currently exist. Any resident, business or land owner can call and request that a tree be planted on the city road allowance.
Property owners without a tree adjacent to their property can request one by calling Recreation and Community Services at 905-688-5601 ext. 3222.
|New tree planting season||Deadline to apply|
|April to June||April 1|
|September to October||August 30|
Note: planting timeline may be adjusted based on weather
View a list of trees available for boulevard planting.
We urge property owners to select different types of trees than their neighbours to create tree diversity and a healthier urban forest. Having a variety also helps protect trees from pests or disease that may spread through an area and harm specific tree types.
The City of St. Catharines will not collect leaves or fruit that fall from trees. They must be collected and places in a yard waste bag for collection by the Niagara Region. More information about leaves and recycling can be found at the Niagara Region Website.
Property owners who currently have a tree on the boulevard that is slated for removal can expect that the tree will be removed in stages.
The arborist that inspects your tree and schedules it for removal can also assist in selecting a species of tree that would be a good candidate for the site. This is only done at the request of the property owner. Please call 905-935-3813 once you have received notification of tree removal.
The City of St. Catharines through Forestry Services provides for the City, a greener urban forest by maintaining, pruning and performing surgery on viable trees while removing others. Maintenance and pruning promotes existing tree health as well as public safety. All work is performed by specialized tree personnel (Arborists) who follow the International Society of Arboriculture (I.S.A.) Standards. To contact Forestry Services please call 905-935-3813.
What is an Arborist?
An arborist is a trained professional, who is knowledgeable about tree physiology, biology and is trained and equipped to provide proper care to trees and the urban forest. An Arborist practices arboriculture, which is the cultivation, art and science, and management of individual trees.
What is the Urban Forest?
An urban forest is a collection of trees and shrubs that are growing within a city. It may contain any kind of woody plant vegetation growing in or around human settlements. An intricate role in sustaining an urban forest is constant management of the vegetation/trees. Some of the major benefits of an urban forest are:
Homeowners are not permitted to trim trees on city property in front of or behind their homes. There may be an occasion when a tree becomes an issue or concern to the public. This could be in the form of a low-lying limb or branch over a sidewalk or rooftop. Please call 905-935-3813 to report this.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The City of St. Catharines Forestry Services have discovered the presence of EAB within pockets of the city. EAB is an pest introduced from Asia that affects all species of Ash (Fraxinus) trees in North America. EAB has killed millions of Ash trees across southern Ontario and North Amercia. All Ash trees in the City of St. Catharines are at risk of dying from infestation. Mortality may occur in as short a period as one year; however death normally occurs within 2-3 years of a tree becoming infested.
Infestation occurs when the beetle lays its eggs on the bark and in bark crevices on the trunk and branches. The larvae then tunnel beneath the bark and feed on the layer of live cells between the bark and the sapwood (the Cambium), cutting off the transport of nutrients and water to the tree.
Although a tree may have some signs of EAB infestation, other diseases/infestations may be affecting the trees growth. It is recommended that if you have a private Ash tree showing signs of EAB to contact a private certified arborist to inspect your tree in order to confirm the presence of EAB and to recommed treatment options. If you see an Ash tree on City property showing signs of EAB contact Forestry Services at 905-935-3813.
As a result of this infestation, Forestry Services have begun an EAB management program which includes treatment of viable Ash trees, and removal and replacement of non-viable trees where appropriate. The city encourages citizens to treat their Ash trees and limit the movement of firewood wherever possible to help contain the spread of EAB. For further information on EAB and treatment, follow the links below:
View EAB Identification Guide
The European Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) is an introduced defoliating insect that is considered a major pest in North America. The catepillar, or larva stage of the insect, very distinctive with its blue and red spots, eats the leaves of trees making them more susceptible to disease and damage from other insects. If you find gypsy moth, destroying the egg masses is an effective control method. For information on identifying and control methods follow the link below: