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Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need permission to cut down a tree on my residential property?

Not all instances of arboriculture work requires permission from local municipal departments. Under certain circumstances, as well as with select species, any necessary work may be done as is required. Each locality we serve has varying degrees of what is freely permitted for residents. More information is available on our Etobicoke, Mississauga, or Brampton by-law pages or feel free to give us a call or send us an email and we can provide guidance. We'll help put it in perspective as well as indicate how required documentation can be obtained.

Can I prune my neighbour's branches that are overhanging my residential property?

Yes you can. We recommend this be done within reason and with discussion with the tree's owner as a good neighbour policy. This will also help avoid altercation with the property owners and possibly with the arborists contracted to do the work. Also permission may be needed to access the tree and property to ensure proper pruning cuts are done. Just cutting the limbs to the property line may cause dieback especially on mature trees and leave ugly stubs or dead limbs. There should be no more than 20% of the trees canopy removed to avoid affecting the tree's health and vigour and or causing the tree to go into decline. A responsible arborist will be willing to discuss these issues with the tree's owner before the work is to be done.

Does your service company do direct billing for insurance work?

Regretfully at this time, we are unable to provide direct billing for insurance work purposes.

What payment methods do you accept?

Presently Beechwood only accepts service payments by cheque or cash. Regretfully credit cards are not accepted.

My neighbour told me I would need a tree removal permit, how much does it cost?

First of all, a tree removal permit is not required for all instances of arboriculture work. As for permit costs, when one is required it varies from one GTA municipality to another. For example, municipalities such as Etobicoke (Toronto) do have a non-refundable cost of $100.00 per application and does not necessarily provide assurance requests will be approved. Another example would be the City of Brampton, they don't charge for permits however an application may still be required depending on circumstances or types involved. Read our arboriculture by-laws page concerning Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, or Oakville for more insight or find links on our resources page leading directly to various Toronto GTA urban forestry websites.

What purpose does an arborist report serve?

In some instances, whether for construction, landscape redevelopment, or when a private homeowner intends to remove a tree from their residential property, an arborist report may be required. Obtaining such a document provides legal evidence to city by-law permit issuing offices that all necessary legal considerations have been brought into awareness. This assures alternative choices to removal have been explored and considered prior to commencement of any such arboriculture work. It is important to note that these types of documents are not required in some circumstances. Beechwood's qualified Certified Arborists can guide you through any such process requirements, it's what we do everyday. Alternatively, if you are only researching options our arborist reports page presents more information.

What types of insurance coverage are you protected by?

Beechwood is fully insured for property damage as well as personal injury liability. Rest assured that in an unlikely event of any sort of mishap causing damage to private, commercial, or residential property, whether yours or a neighbour's, you will not be liable. Our workers are also covered by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for protection against personal injury.

What do you do with my tree after it is cut down?

Post-work disposal handling is typically decided upon during our cost estimate discussion. Depending on what your preference is, it may be cut into firewood sized logs, smaller diameter branches may be shredded into mulch and left behind for your yardwork, or we can haul everything away.

Why can't you provide service cost estimates by telephone?

In most cases, providing service cost estimates by telephone is not possible. A primary reason for this is because even two identical ones of the same species and height will often be quoted differently. This is because terrain or environment factors where it is located is more of an influence than a type itself. For a better understanding please read our comments about cost quote factors.

How often should I prune branches?

There are various factors affecting natural pruning cycles. For the most part it depends on climate, species, age, as well as other environmental considerations affecting growth. If you are not familiar with types on your residential property, and their proper care methods, it is advisable to search for local Toronto GTA arborist companies for guidance. Beechwood's highly skilled professionally trained friendly staff will be glad to answer your questions.

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