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Pruning Trees for Clearance

It has come to my attention that trees can only be pruned during certain seasons as per City bylaws. We have a large mature elm on our lot and would like to be able to keep it. Elms can only be pruned in Edmonton between October 1 and March 31. We plan to start demo and building in May so this means that pruning for clearance needs to be addressed asap. I have contacted Alberta Arborists, a company I have dealt with in the past and have found them to be knowledgeable and fair cost-wise. They will go out and assess the pruning necessary for branches that may interfere with our second floor. The root system generally grows 1 and a half times wider than the branches so this also needs to be assessed to determine if our foundation will damage the roots. Too many damaged roots will cause the tree to die and will dictate if keeping the tree is a possibility.

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