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Tree Cutting in Montreal

Tree Cutting in Montreal

Cutting down a tree in Montreal presents certain challenges. Indeed, in a densely populated city like Montreal, tree felling is dangerous if you’re not a professional arborist. The proximity of the residences, the heat islands caused by the amount of concrete in the city, and the many condominiums represent major challenges when it comes to tree cutting in Montreal.

That’s why calling on a company specializing in arboriculture, like Arboricureuil, is of the utmost importance.

Cutting down a tree in Montréal

Before deciding to cut down a tree, it’s advisable to contact a company specializing in tree maintenance. Arboricureuil travels across the island of Montreal to analyze the health status of your trees and recommends the best solution if you are cutting down a tree for health reasons. If you are cutting down a tree for any reason whatsoever, Arboricureuil will give you a free estimate for the work.

The company has all the necessary equipment to perform the tree felling in total safety, even in a limited space such as a garden or an alley.

Before proceeding with the tree cutting in Montreal, the owner must obtain a cutting permit from their borough. To do this, they must present an updated certificate of location as well as the dimensions (diameter of the trunk, height of the treetop, etc.) of the tree to be cut down.

The conditions to be met to obtain a cutting permit are generally the following:

  • the tree is at risk of causing serious damage or is a nuisance to people or property;
  • the tree is dead, shows signs of irreversible decay, or suffers from a disease that is at risk of spreading to the rest of the vegetation;
  • the tree is affecting the growth of neighbouring trees of higher market value;
  • the tree is located in the site of a new building, a swimming pool, a parking lot, or an access road to a building.


If a tree to be cut down belongs to the city and presents one of the problems listed above, it is important to communicate with the borough in question before taking any action whatsoever.  

Tree removal at a condominium in Montreal

In the case of trees located at a condominium, it is necessary for all the co-owners to give their approval. This concerns trees located in gardens, common areas, and those attached to condominiums located on the ground floor. Each co-owner must sign an authorization letter.

The stages of cutting down a tree

Before safely cutting down a tree, Arboricureuil, like any good professional, makes sure to follow certain steps, such as securing the surrounding area, including vehicles, overhead power lines, roads, and pedestrian traffic.
The estimate provided by Arboricureuil takes these constraints into account, in addition to the condition of the tree.
Once the tree has been cut down, the technicians take care of the branch chipping and grubbing. Then, the pit will be resealed with soil or seeded, according to the customer’s request.

Arboricureuil offers safe, worry-free, turnkey cutting service. Don’t hesitate to contact the team for a free estimate.

Ash Tree Removal in Montreal

If your ash tree has been contaminated by the emerald ash borer (EAB), you should either have it treated (if it can still survive) or removed (if it’s already dead or withering away). Fortunately, financial assistance is available in Montreal to treat and remove your ash trees. Arboricureuil also offers an emergency service for tree removal in Montreal.

What is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

EAB is an insect native to Asia that attacks all types of ash trees. No natural predator in North America (such as the woodpecker) has been able to slow or prevent the spread of EAB. It has already destroyed millions of trees in Canada’s urban and forested areas.

What should you do if you own an ash tree?

A healthy tree should be treated every two years. This service was free of charge until July 31st and will be available again next spring.

Cut down your ash tree if it’s withering away or is at least 1.4 meters tall with a diameter of 10 cm. Montreal provides a subsidy of $5 for every centimeter to cull ash trees.

However, this grant is limited to only the felled ash trees to be replaced. The new tree should grow to a height of 1.5 meters and reach 9 meters at maturity.

To benefit from this subsidy, you must first apply for an Ash Tree Felling permit. You’ll then be required to complete an online application within 200 days of felling and attach a copy of the invoice and the felling license.

Trust our experts for all your ash tree removal needs in Montreal!

Is your tree about to fall and needs to be cut down? Contact us without delay! Arboricureuil offers 24/7 emergency service for ash tree felling in Montreal. We are also available within a range of 30 km around Laval.

No job is too small or big for us! From ash tree removal to tree stump removal, we can handle everything regardless of the complexity. We’ll go above and beyond to find the perfect solutions tailored to your individual needs!

Why trust Arboricureuil?

Arboricureuil boasts more than 10 years of experience in the tree felling and pruning field. Our exceptional quality service has earned us a leading position in the marketplace. Backed by a dedicated team of qualified arborists, we offer highly reliable, efficient, and safe service throughout Montreal. Your protection is our priority. That’s why we also hold civil liability insurance coverage.

Do not hesitate to contact us for a free quote if you need to cut down your ash tree in Montreal! We’ll be more than happy to assist you and provide the highest level of service to surpass your expectations.

How to prune a weeping willow?

The weeping willow is an elegant tree. However, its branches can be a nuisance to pedestrians. Thus, pruning becomes necessary. Yet, trimming a weeping willow must be done at the right time to avoid any damage. It’s advisable to call in a professional.

Why prune your tree?

In addition to hindering the passage of walkers, branches can snag electrical wires and compromise your safety. Falling branches can also cause accidents and damage your home. That’s why pruning your weeping willow should be done regularly.

How to prune a weeping willow?

Weeping willows tolerate severe pruning. However, it’s preferable to do it during the winter or fall when the plant is at rest. If the tree already has some small shoots, then it’s too late to prune it. However, you can always prune the youngest and most troublesome twigs at any time of the year.

Trimming weeping willow must also be done according to the rules of art to preserve the natural silhouette of the tree. There are three types of weeping willow pruning: the training pruning, the maintenance pruning, and the restoration pruning.

Pruning Training

This type of pruning is done when the willow is growing. It must be started as soon as the tree has been planted. Its purpose is to form the trunk from which the twigs will develop.

Start by removing all lateral shoots until the willow reaches the necessary diameter (5 to 10 cm) and the desired height. You can prune the trunk to a height of 1.5 meters or more, depending on the desired effect. Continue to clear the side branches and let the top one grow, as they will form the framework of the trunk.

Pruning Maintenance

This type of weeping willow pruning is intended to remove dead branches or those that overload the tree.

Remove all misplaced and entangled branches. Otherwise, they’ll give birth to tadpole willows, which will later rise to new stems in one season. This type of maintenance should be done every 3 to 9 years.

Restoration Pruning

Do not leave a willow “tadpole” abandoned! Otherwise, the root system will no longer be able to support the weight of the twigs, and the tree will split in half or collapse. Therefore, you must shorten the stems to 50 to 80 cm from the trunk without cutting them off completely.

Trust Arboricureuil for all your weeping willow prunings!

Call in a professional to make sure your weeping willow stays in perfect shape when pruned.

For more than 10 years, Arboricureuil has specialized in pruning and felling trees as well as tree pruning in Montreal. We also offer civil liability insurance coverage for your protection.

Are you looking for a professional arborist in Montreal? Look no further and get in touch with us now! We look forward to answering all your questions!

Pruning a lime tree

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Pruning a lime tree consists of removing dead or broken branches that could cause damage by falling or compromise your safety.

How to prune a lime tree

The linden tree is prized for its rounded silhouette and the shade it provides. However, it is necessary to prune it regularly to allow it to keep its shape. Arboricureuil explains here the steps involved in pruning a lime tree.

Why prune your tree?

Pruning is used to cut dead, broken, or diseased branches that could cause damage by falling. It’s also used to change the orientation of a tree’s branches to improve luminosity or to maintain a tree’s health. In some cases, pruning must be done urgently for safety reasons: clearing electrical wires, road signs, and much more.

When should I prune my basswood?

You can prune your basswood throughout the winter and from late spring to late summer. Avoid pruning during bud-break (from the opening of the buds to the spreading of the leaves) and the period before the leaves fall because you risk exhausting them.

Pruning a lime tree when it is young

When they are young, lime trees have an arrow-shaped silhouette. You must then apply the principles of training pruning. Prune the lowest branches keeping one-third of the trunk for ⅔ crown. There is no need to remove the forks, as they will come off by themselves.

When the shape of the foliage begins to round out, practice maintenance pruning by removing deadwood, broken or crossing branches. Cut as close to the trunk as possible to avoid leaving wounds that may not heal properly. Always make sure to keep a third of the trunk for ⅔ of the canopy.

Pruning a linden tree when it is old

When the linden tree is old, you have to do a side pruning to check the strength of the supporting branches and the trunk. That’s because the wood is fragile and could break. Lighten the branches if the carpenters’ anchoring point is rotten.

Remove the shoots at the bottom of the trunk. These are very common when your tree is old. They are also very harmful: they bypass the sap to the detriment of the trunk, which accelerates the end of the tree’s life.

Prune the lime tree at the head of the cat.

To prune your linden tree at the head of the cat, you will need a power pruning shear or a pneumatic pruning shear. You must prune during the winter, every 2 or 3 years.

Always prune the branches in the same place. The “heads” will thus form thanks to the fusion of the scar beads. Separate the heads by 30 to 50 cm to create a harmonious silhouette.

For the pruning of your linden tree, trust Arboricureuil!

Arboricureuil has specialized in tree felling and pruning since it’s creation. All of our employees are certified and licensed arborists. Therefore, you can trust us to provide you with quality service in complete safety.

Do you need to have your basswood cut down for safety reasons? Don’t panic! We offer an emergency felling service available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

Our services:

  • Tree felling
  • Pruning
  • Pollarding
  • Sanding out
  • Tree planting
  • Clearing

All the conditions are there to ensure your satisfaction:

  • Rapid intervention
  • Availability
  • Liability insurance in case of damage to your property

We offer our services within a 30 km radius around Laval, on the North Shore, including:

  • Montreal
  • Terrebonne
  • Boisbriand

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