The Parks Department is responsible for the management of Weyburn’s urban forest which includes all city-owned trees located in parks and green spaces, along boulevards and residential streets, and on the grounds of various city-owned facilities.
Trees are an invaluable asset that provide shade, shelter and aesthetic qualities that can be appreciated by just about everyone. This is especially true on the prairies where they can be difficult to establish.
Each year, a number of caliber trees are planted in new developments as replacements for trees previously removed as a result of disease or damage, or in response to public requests. This is done in an attempt to revitalize and diversify the urban forest.
Other maintenance practices include monitoring, identification and control of insect pests and disease, dead and dying tree removal, scheduled watering, and of course, pruning.
Weyburn pruning program sees all City-owned trees pruned in rotation , once every five years. Pruning is done primarily over the winter months, although some work must be performed year round.
Pruning is also necessary for traffic and pedestrian clearance along streets & sidewalks. It is important from a safety standpoint to ensure vehicles and pedestrians have adequate clearance when travelling on City streets and that all traffic sign and signals remain unobstructed from overhanging branches.
Requests by homeowners for a city tree to be planted on boulevards or easements in residential areas can be made by contacting the Parks Department. The City will try to accommodate the location, species, and number of trees requested by the homeowner. Trees are typically planted in August or September of every year, and requests can usually be accommodated depending on tree availability and site suitability. This service is provided at no cost to the homeowner; all we ask in return is for you to give the tree plenty of water during the tree’s first two growing seasons.
All urban forestry activities, including pruning, are performed in-house by Parks Department staff who are fully trained and certified to prune and perform pest control operations.
Inquiries on the program should be directed to Parks Coordinator, Linda Prokott at 306.848.3290 or by email.