Caring for private trees

While City crews work to tend to the estimated 30,000 damaged public trees, many homeowners and property owners are also surveying damage of their own.

Trees on private property are an important part of Winnipeg’s urban forest, and comprise a large percentage of our tree canopy. Because we are losing a portion of our public tree population to both storm impacts, and disease and infestation, it’s important to save all the private trees we can.

Winnipeggers can help by conducting an appropriate evaluation on their trees to help save those that may have life left in them. Here are some tips:

  1. When cleaning up private or community property, concentrate on small branches – either those caught up in a tree (but low enough to reach while standing on the ground) or those already on the boulevard or road.
  2. Even if a tree on your property has lost limbs or branches, do not assume it is a total loss.
    • Remove only broken branches. Use a saw to cut off damaged branches; do not break them off by hand.
    • Wait to prune the tree. Remove hazards, but postpone decisions until spring. At this time, either assess the damage yourself and determine whether the tree has sprung back to life, or call an arborist to assess and mitigate the damage for you.
    • If the tree is beyond recovery, contact a certified arborist to safely remove it from your property.
  3. Please be cautious when entering into service agreements with individuals or companies advertising tree services.
    • Certified arborists are the preferred choice, as they knowledgeable and skilled, and able to provide safe, appropriate tree pruning and removal.
    • Ensure whomever you hire carries insurance.