Based on best management practices for tree care, Halifax has adopted a pruning program that would see each street tree pruned every 7 years. Seven years has been identified as the optimal cycle which balances the cost of pruning against the benefits of doing so. The intent of this pruning is to keep trees healthy and safe, and to provide clearance for traffic, sight-lines, pedestrians and overhead utilities.
Each year, the municipality plants close to 1,300 trees along streets, boulevards and in parks. This tree planting program is an initiative of the Urban Forest Master Plan. Benefits of tree planting are significant, and a study conducted by Dalhousie University identified that for every dollar spent on tree planting, the residents of our municipality see over 7 dollars in benefits returned.
What benefits do trees provide:
- Carbon capture and improved air quality through pollution reduction and air filtration
- Reductions in heating and cooling costs
- Increased life spans of municipal infrastructure from stormwater reduction and asphalt retention
- Improved property values, aesthetics, beautification and livability of our City
- Improved physical and physiological well-being and mental health
- Traffic calming and reduced noise pollution
- Increase pedestrian traffic for businesses
- Wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities across the municipality