If you are the owner of an ash tree, you have certain obligations. You must have it treated if it is healthy, and if it is diseased or dead, you must have it felled. To reduce your costs, the city offers two assistance programs. Learn all about them here.
Treating an ash tree
If your ash tree is healthy, you are required to have it treated against the emerald ash borer once every two years. To assist ash tree owners, the city offers this service free of charge.
The registration deadline is July 31. Following your registration, an inspector will pass by to assess the state of your tree. If your tree is eligible, the treatment will be completed by the end of August.
Felling or replacing an ash tree
Unfortunately, some ash trees become affected very quickly. Dead ash trees or those having at least 30% dead tree-top branches must be felled.
If your ash tree is diseased or dead, as the owner, you must have it felled.
Do not wait. Dead trees are dangerous, and felling them is much more expensive.
To do so, you must apply for a felling permit. The permit is free if it is an ash tree.
Following your request, an inspector will pass by to assess your tree.
Once your ash tree has been felled, you may apply for a subsidy to reimburse felling costs. The financial support in the amount of $5 per centimetre of diameter of the trunk of the felled ash tree. It is conditional on the replacement of the felled ash tree.
ALL-INCLUSIVE OFFER: The city offers an all-inclusive offer. By choosing this option, you will receive a tree to replace every felled ash tree, and the city will plant it for you. This represents an additional value of $300.
If you decide to replace your ash tree yourself, the costs of purchasing and planting the tree will not be reimbursed. Before buying your new tree, please see this list of accepted species (in French).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Low-cost trees purchased as part of the “A Tree in My Neighbourhood” program cannot be used as replacement trees when a tree is felled. This exclusion also applies to ash trees.
Disposing of ash wood residue
You can dispose of ash wood residue by:
- bringing it to the écocentre nearest you
- including wood disposal in your felling contract
Identifying an ash tree
Certains characteristics distinguish an ash tree: