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What is required to remove a tree? When do I need a permit?

Permits are often required to remove trees in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga and Oakville, and the parameters are different for each area. In Toronto and Etobicoke a permit is required to remove any tree of 30 cm diameter or more. In Mississauga, permits are required to remove 5 or more trees, each with a diameter greater than 15 cm. In Oakville, permits are required to remove trees that are over 76 cm, and permits are also required for trees over 20 cm in diameter if 5 or more trees are being removed at the same time. Permit fees vary by region and are waved if the tree is deemed to be dead, dying or hazardous by a certified arborist. For example, in Toronto and Etobicoke you are no longer required to have a written permit to remove a dead or diseased ash tree. A verbal permit obtained from the city will now suffice.

At Rooted Tree Services we are familiar with all the local bylaws in Mississauga, Etobicoke, Oakville and the GTA. Our qualified arborists can assess your situation and help you quickly navigate the process and provide any necessary arborist reports, including:

Tree assessments

Tree valuations

Tree preservation plans

Tree inventories


Our service includes all the documents you need to apply for the compulsory permit(s) as per the specific requirements laid out in the bylaw.

For more information on tree bylaws, please contact Rooted Tree Services or review the websites below:

Toronto tree bylaws

Mississauga tree bylaws

Oakville tree bylaws

Ontario pesticide bylaws

Ontario heritage trees


Let Rooted Tree Services provide a FREE consultation and FREE quote to help you understand your tree maintenance options.

How often should a tree be pruned and when is the best time to prune trees in Ontario?

When left un-pruned urban trees can quickly grow up and out which can dramatically limit the amount of sunlight that gets to the middle and interior of the tree. A lack of sunlight leads to a lack of growth and the dying off of structural limbs and trunk. A good general rule of thumb in urban situations is to have your tree maintained once every 2-4 years. The tree maintenance should include elevating lower limbs, the removal of deadwood and thinning out the middle of the tree to allow for filtered sunlight and proper new growth in the interior portions of the tree. Each situation requires a unique plan of maintenance that should be discussed with a qualified arborist. In Mississauga for example there is an abundance of beautiful apple trees which require proper maintenance once per year instead of every 2-4 years.

For optimum tree health maintenance, arborists also recommend fertilization and Deep Root Feeding to ensure that urban trees are receiving the proper amount of nutrients vital to their healthy survival.

Let Rooted Tree Services provide a FREE consultation and FREE QUOTE to help you understand your tree maintenance options.

I believe my tree is infested with Emerald Ash Borer? Is Emerald Ash Borer common in Ontario and can the tree be saved?

Unfortunately, Emerald Ash Borer is common in Ontario. We have treated or removed many Emerald Ash Borer infected trees in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga and across the GTA. It is important to diagnose and attend to an Emerald Ash Borer infected tree promptly in order to allow for the best possible outcome and to prevent further infection.


Detecting Infestation:

Mature beetles can be seen from early June to late August and holes or feeding notches in the leaf are sometimes in evidence. Infested trees can show yellowing foliage, dead branches, thinning crowns or bark cracks. If you peel back the bark of the tree, you may be able to see the larvae. New infestations or emerald ash borer can be difficult for people without the correct training to detect.

Treatment Considerations:

The right insecticide treatments may be able to save infested trees exhibiting low to moderate dieback (20 to 40 percent) and can help slow the spread of infestation. Because of the expense of yearly treatments, it is important to weigh the decision to treat carefully. We consider the value of the tree in relation to treatment costs and also consider the health of the tree.

Emerald Ash Borer News Alert!

There has been a change in Toronto bylaws. A written permit is no longer required to remove Emerald Ash Borer infected Ash trees. A verbal permit provided via #311 (Toronto info line) is now sufficient.For more info on change in city bylaws visit:



Should I fertilize my trees? What is Deep Root Feeding and how often should it take place?

Tree and shrub fertilization and deep root feeding are becoming increasingly popular and are strongly recommended for trees and shrubs in urban environments. Deep root feeding and fertilization makes trees stronger and healthier and helps protect them from insects and diseases. In a forest, trees create their own food or natural fertilizer by shedding their leaves in the fall and branches naturally decaying on the forest floor. In urban environments the leaves and branches are cleaned up leaving nothing to return to the soil. Other plants and grasses are also competing for the soil’s nutrient content. Nutrient deficiencies in urban landscapes are one of the leading causes of tree and shrub problems. Without supplying proper nutrients to your tree it becomes more susceptible to common pests and diseases which can result in the decline of the tree, slow healing, dieback, stunted growth and in some cases eventual death to the tree.

Rooted Tree Services offers a deep root fertilization program with slow release nitrogen that ensures your tree gets the nutrients it requires. This deep root fertilizer will encourage healthy deep root growth, promote healing of wounds and aid the tree in fighting insects and disease. Deep Root Feeding can be done on almost all trees and shrubs, even cedars and typically takes place every one or two years depending on the type of fertilizer used and the area and location of the tree.

Let Rooted Tree Services introduce you to the increasingly popular and important practice of Deep Root Feeding and enjoy healthier and more beautiful trees and shrubs!

What are the best practices for hedge trimming?

Urban hedges need to be maintained on a yearly basis. Different types of hedges require different maintenance at different times of the year. For example cedar hedges shouldn’t be maintained until after June 15th when the hedge has come fully out of its dormant cycle. There are many different types of maintenance that a qualified arborist can and should perform on a hedge. Some of these maintenance procedures include: rejuvenation, thinning, tidying, dead wooding and structural pruning. Structural Pruning is often thought of being for aesthetic reasons only. It is, however, essential that hedges are properly structurally pruned to ensure proper growth and vitality.

Let Rooted Tree Services provide a FREE consultation and FREE QUOTE to help you determine your hedge care options.

My tree is splitting. Can it be saved?

An unstable tree can be extremely dangerous to people and property. A qualified arborist will be able to look at a tree that is showing signs of splitting and can determine how dangerous it is, and if it can be saved. Sometimes, a limb can be removed to save part of the tree and encourage new growth. Occasionally Cable and Bracing techniques can be used to stabilize a tree. And in some situations it is necessary to quickly remove the tree before it causes costly damage.

Let Rooted Tree Services provide a FREE consultation and FREE QUOTE to determine the health and treatment options for your tree. Rooted Tree Services also offers tree stump removal, so if a tree has to be removed, you have the option to create an entirely new space for a new garden or tree.

What are common tree diseases in Toronto, Mississauga, Etobicoke and Oakville area?

Common tree diseases and insect infestations in Toronto, Mississauga, Etobicoke and Oakville include Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long Horned Beetle, Gypsy Moth and Oak Wilt Disease. These tree diseases and insect infestations can be difficult to detect and correctly identify without the proper training.

Tree diseases and certain insects can quickly cause serious damage to trees, resulting in potentially dangerous and costly situations for both people and property. Treatment options are often available, and in some situations the tree needs to be removed.

The first step in treating an unhealthy tree is to correctly identify the cause. And, of course, the diseases and pests are wide and varied. In fact, insects and pests are often found on trees, but the pest associated with a tree is not always the cause of the tree’s decline, but is merely a secondary opportunistic problem and this means that eliminating a pest may not noticeably improve a tree’s health.

At Rooted Tree Services our qualified and experienced arborists have all the latest knowledge and techniques to identify the root cause of a tree’s affliction and prescribe appropriate solutions. Pests that do need attention can often be controlled through simple techniques such as monitoring, pruning or manual removal. Some pests may require further types of control such as a chemical application. We also offer tree limb, tree and stump removal services, for situations where it is deemed most appropriate to remove the infected tree.

Let Rooted Tree Services provide a FREE consultation and FREE QUOTE to assess the health of your tree and to offer treatment or removal options.

How do you remove a large tree or tree limb without damaging property?

Removing a large and/or dangerous tree or tree limb can be a very dangerous operation that should always be left to qualified and experienced arborists. At Rooted Tree Services we have all of the men and equipment necessary to handle all dangerous tree and tree limb removal situations. First we assess the height and weight and location of the problem. If required a crane must be brought to site to handle the weight of the tree limbs as they are removed. Often tree climbers are required to climb the dangerous tree and with the help of the crane, bring down dangerous parts one limb at a time. The tree limbs are cut by a tree climber up in the tree, the crane takes the weight of the limb and then carefully lowers the limb to ground workers below who will remove and mulch the limb and fully clean up the area. Once all dangerous tree limbs have been removed the tree can either stay in place or be fully removed as the case may be. If the tree requires removal then we can also remove the tree stump at the same time.

Let Rooted Tree Services provide a FREE consultation and FREE quote to safely remove dangerous or large trees and tree limbs.

How long will it take to remove a tree? Is it noisy and do you take the tree and brush away?

Tree removal processes and times vary depending upon the size and location of the tree. At Rooted Tree Services we are proud to have large 7 man crews, which allows us to remove trees faster than many of our competitors, limiting noise and disruption to the neigbourhood. With our 7 man crews, the average tree removal takes approximately 2 hours. And we are careful to protect the property, remove all brush and take pride in our clean-up.

Rooted Tree Services is happy to send a qualified arborist to provide a FREE consultation and FREE QUOTE, and will detail the recommended tree removal process at that time.


ALWAYS INSIST ON A QUALIFIED AND INSURED ARBORIST!Some of the work performed in arboriculture is very hazardous, and should only be conducted by experienced arborists, with the proper training, and equipment.
Did you know the homeowner is responsible for accidents that happen on your property?
This is why you should always ask to see your arborist’s Proof of Insurance Certificate and WSIB Clearance Certificate.
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