A healthy tree is a happy tree. At Garden City Tree and Landscape, we have dedicated arborists to help keep your trees strong and healthy. Regular and proper tree pruning by a certified arborist in Victoria BC keeps your friends, family and neighbours safe from hazards caused by falling limbs or wind-blown debris.

Caring for Your Trees

Planting and growing trees is more important than ever before. They help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and support more than 80% of the world’s creatures. Forests give jobs to more than 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful levels of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and provide crucial ingredients for one-quarter of all modern medicines.

Scientific studies have shown that if we could plant a trillion trees we could stem climate change and save the planet. Once you’ve planted a tree, however, how you care for it makes all the difference to whether it survives to adulthood and delivers on its promises to contribute to the environment. Using a certified arborist in Victoria BC can help residents to sustain happy, healthy trees for the duration of their lifetimes.

Trimming or Pruning

In addition to regular sun, plenty of water and the occasional fertilization, trees also often need trimming or pruning to help keep them at their best. Trimming usually applies to smaller shrubs and hedges, while for trees and larger shrubs pruning is the process involved. An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. This might include removal of branches that:

  • interfere with utilities, structures, streets or sidewalks
  • are dead, weak, or decayed as a result of disease or storm damage
  • block light penetration through the tree and cause wind resistance.

Other pruning methods might be used to improve the shape or form of young trees to reduce the chance of damage in future storms, or to stimulate new growth and allow the tree to flourish. Many times, an arborist in Victoria BC will prune trees simply to give them a specific shape for aesthetic reasons.

Tree Removal

The removal of trees is always a last resort, but there are instances when it is necessary—both for safety and to preserve the integrity of your garden’s landscaping. An arborist can help you decide whether you should consider tree removal, which is usually recommended for trees that are dead or dying. Trees that present an unacceptable risk to people and property or that cause an obstruction pruning can’t correct may also be selected for removal, as well as trees that are crowding or causing damage to other, more desirable trees. Many times, trees that are marked for removal are replaced by more suitable types of trees.

Tree Laws in Victoria BC

Victoria BC has one of the rarest and most endangered urban forests in the Pacific Northwest, which has led to the City’s monitoring of all trees removed or damaged on both public and private land. Every year, a number of trees in the region are affected by disease, construction and various other factors. This resulted in the current tree preservation bylaws, which you can review on the City’s website.

Regulations that apply to trimming, pruning and topping of trees include:

  • You may cut branches off a neighbour’s tree that hang over your property, but only as far as the property line. Some types of trees will require a permit for this.
  • If a neighbour’s tree roots protrude under your property and cause damage to pipes, lawn or foundation, you can charge them under the nuisance principle of common law.
  • If a neighbour’s tree falls in your yard, the neighbour should claim from their insurance company immediately to take care of the cost of your damages.

Generally, you are allowed to prune or cut down any tree on your land, whether it’s healthy or not, as long as it is not a protected tree. For protected trees, however, you need a permit to prune, remove or alter it in any way, even if it is already dead, dying or presents a danger. You might be required to submit a report from an ISA-certified arborist confirming the condition of the tree before getting the permit, and the City of Victoria has a 2-for-1 replacement policy for all trees removed.

It’s important to note that all tree maintenance on protected trees must be done by a certified arborist in Victoria BC. You can find all the information you need to determine whether a tree is protected on this page of tree preservation bylaw FAQs.

Why You Need an Arborist

An arborist is also known as a tree surgeon, and is a professional in the cultivation, management, and study of trees, shrubs, vines, and other woody plants. Trees that are well cared for are beautiful and can add substantial value to your property, while trees that are poorly-maintained can be a major liability.

Pruning or removing trees, especially large ones, can be a dangerous activity. An arborist can help you to have the job done in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property. Arborists are educated in how to care appropriately for individual trees and their needs, and since trees are an investment that can bring you significant returns, hiring an arborist is not a decision that you should make without due diligence.

Choosing an Arborist in Victoria BC

It’s important to ensure that any tree service company you contract with sends out a certified arborist to do the work. It’s also advisable to ensure the company is licensed and insured, to avoid being liable for any accidents that happen on your premises.

When you’re choosing an arborist, it’s ideal to get bids or estimates from more than one tree service firm. This is because each company may have its own methods of operating, and some may be able to give you a better service than others. Don’t rely on price alone, either; if one company’s pricing is noticeably cheaper than the others, ask for details of what’s included. Otherwise, you might find yourself saddled with tasks such as disposal of the cut limbs instead of getting a complete service.

Avoid arborists who recommend excessive pruning, topping or any other activities that seem radical to you, and always ask for a second opinion from another tree care provider if you feel unsure about the recommendations. Request references and make a point of contacting a few to get real, honest opinions about the arborist in Victoria BC that you want to hire. You can also check to see if they have online reviews on Google, Facebook or any other professional review websites.

At Garden City Tree and Landscape, we believe in providing you with the level of service you want and need, and are happy to discuss your budget to find ways to work within it for you.

Arborist Equipment

With the wide selection of tree-climbing and cutting equipment available these days, just about anyone can access, trim, or prune a tree. An arborist needs to have the experience and ability to climb a tree safely, use the most suitable type of rigging, operate the right kind of saw when cutting limbs and branches, and know how to ensure that cut limbs and branches fall in the planned location. A branch that is being sawed off in a haphazard manner poses a serious danger to other people.

Some of the items used by an arborist in Victoria BC are:

  • Rigging equipment, which is necessary for climbing large trees, lowering huge cut branches safely to the ground, and for transporting the power tools and other heavy equipment from the ground to the location of the work. This includes blocks and pulleys, winches, light- and heavy-duty slings, cable hoists and substantial lengths of rope, as well as straps for climbing safely to the tree canopy.
  • Cutting equipment, such as chain saws, hand saws, hand pruning shears, tree loppers, hedge trimmers, axes and hatchets.
  • Safety equipment, such as helmets and hardhats, saddles, protective clothing and eyewear, work gloves, two-way radios for communication, and first aid kits.

Many of these equipment items need proper training and experience to operate them effectively for the purpose of trimming and pruning, cutting down dead or diseased trees, and safely removing large tree limbs and branches.

Why Choose Us

We’re a spur-less tree company! That’s right, because spurs can damage trees by leaving wounds open to decay, pests and disease we follow the arboriculture industry standard and climb and move around your trees without using spurs.

At Garden City Tree and Landscape, we have a qualified team of experienced, certified arborists, supported by a team of positive, motivated employees who provide quality tree trimming, pruning, and removal – on time and within budget. When you’re looking for an arborist in Victoria BC to answer any questions or concerns about your trees, contact us without delay. Our certified arborists are here to help.

The arborists at work high in the tree.