Trees….what you need to know

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It’s almost impossible to drive through any mature neighbourhood in Ottawa without noticing tree cutting crews busy at work removing the many trees that we’re losing as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species which is ravaging a large part of our urban forest. Luckily the City of Ottawa has a great program in place and is taking care of the problem and also making sure that where these damaged trees are being removed, new ones are being planted. It’s important as a home owner, or potential home owner, to make sure you know which trees on your property belong to you and which ones belong to the City. If a tree is on City property (usually at the front of the lot), then the City is responsible for maintenance of the tree and removal if that needs to happen. If the tree is on the homeowners property it is then their responsibility to maintain and also to remove if it’s dead or infected. This can be an expensive undertaking, in fact costing thousands of dollars in some cases, for larger or hard to reach trees. We caution buyers not to look only at the house when considering a purchase, but let’s look at the trees too! Trees add both beauty and value to a property so don’t forget to take a closer look at them.

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