Tree Policy

The Town of Penetanguishene Tree Policy addresses all concerns with respect to trees on municipal
property. Please view the Tree Policy prior to making a complaint or request. 

Permit to Destroy Trees

Tree Protection By-law 2024-02 applies to trees located on a lot with an area of 0.5 hectares or more, or on a waterfront property of any size. No person shall injure or destroy or cause or permit the injury or destruction of the following trees without first obtaining a Permit:

  1. Five (5) or more trees on a lot simultaneously, or the fifth tree or more trees in a given calendar year, each with a DBH between fifteen (15) cm and thirty (30) cm;
  2. A tree with a DBH greater than thirty (30) cm;
  3. Trees located on municipal property; and
  4. Trees located in a woodland, as defined in the By-law.

Consult the Tree Protection By-law to determine if a permit to destroy trees applies to your project. 

Where cash-in-lieu of tree compensation is required, funds are collected and may be used by the municipality for tree replanting, in accordance with the Tree Compensation Reserve Policy adopted by Council. 

Proper Steps to Tree Care

Watering Trees

  • During periods with little or no rain and when no watering ban is in effect, water your tree twice a week; when the weather is cooler, such as in the spring or the fall, water less frequently
  • Be careful not to over water your tree as this may cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off
  • When watering your tree, provide the equivalent of about 2.5 cm (one inch) of water. Set up a garden hose to trickle water at the base of your tree for about 30 minutes or use a watering can to apply approximately 25 - 30 litres (6 - 8 gallons) of water.

Soil and Mulch Around Your Tree

  • Do not add soil around the tree trunk as this may cause decay to the trunk and possibly cause the tree to die.
  • An organic mulch of shredded bark or wood chips is beneficial for your tree to retain soil moisture, moderate soil temperatures and reduce competition from grass and weeds. When mulching your tree, provide a layer of 5 - 10 cm (2 - 4 inches) of mulch over the root area.

Tree Stakes

Tree stakes are only required to support your tree for two full growing seasons. If tree stakes in your boulevard need to be removed, please contact us as noted on this page

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