Five Tips For Summer Tree Care

Caring for trees in the summer is a little different from the other seasons, and if all things are going well, you’re definitely going to take a more hands-off approach. This doesn’t mean you’re off the hook, though! Healthy trees require attention so that they stay healthy, even when it appears that things couldn’t be better.

Here are five tips to keep your trees healthy during the hot weather. These tips will make sure you have less to do in the fall and winter, too!

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Planting and Pruning in Summer: Why or Why Not?

Gardeners and arborists are usually pretty patient people, but there can be some disagreement as to whether or not pruning and planting can be done in summer. It’s tricky, because the growing season is in full-swing, and a lot of home gardeners worry about harming their trees long-term by pruning and planting when the trees are using the most energy.

Like so many other questions in life, it’s a pretty grey area! Under certain circumstances, trees can be pruned and planted at any time of the year, but it’s not the same as pruning and planting in the other seasons. How should you act in summer?

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Why Are My Leaves Turning Brown And Dry In The Summer?

One of the best parts of spring and summer is watching your tree go from a dormant state into lush greenery. Laying back in a hammock with a beer under the shade of a nice, full tree is one of the best ways to stay cool in summer, so you might be disappointed if the leaves turn brown during the height of the season. The reasons can be fairly natural and simple, so don’t panic – just get out the hose!

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How to Know the Age of a Tree

If you are curious about the year that a tree was planted, then you are in luck, as there is an easy way to tell! You may have heard of how to identify the age of the tree by the rings within its trunk, but what’s inside the trunk can even tell us about the conditions/environment the tree was exposed to for its full life cycle.  A tree may have experienced drought, excessive rain, fire, insect plagues and disease epidemics, injuries, thinning or air pollution.  This can all be told by the trunk of the tree.

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Privacy Plants: Trees and Shrubs for Added Privacy

“Good fences make good neighbours” goes the old saying, and while a fence can indeed make a good neighbour, sometimes it doesn’t make for a very pretty one. Fences can seem cold and sterile, and you might not want to see one directly outside your window. Depending on the material, they can also be pretty transparent, keeping people out physically but letting their eyes roam all over your property.

Privacy plants are a great way to enhance your landscaping while acting as barriers that don’t really look like barriers. Here’s what to consider when planning out your privacy shrubs!

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Should You Preserve A Tree Stump On Your Property?

Removing a tree doesn’t end when you’ve cut it down. In fact, that’s often the easy part! The tree stump is something that gives a lot of homeowners headaches, as getting it out of the ground can be a real pain. To avoid removing a tree stump, some people will try and plant around it, others will try and ignore it.

However, the question isn’t how you should live with a tree stump, but rather should you live with a tree stump in the first place? Our answer is no! You shouldn’t leave a stump. The presence of one on your property could attract pests, repel potential home buyers, and tick off neighbours. Here’s why!

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5 Types Of Tree Bark Fungus (And What You Can Do About Them!)

It won’t be long until the trees begin to come out of their dormancy and start to bud with leaves, blossoms, and new growth. However, coming out of this long winter’s nap leaves them (no pun intended) very susceptible to fungal infections, many of which start in the bark. These infections can spread to the entire body, and without proper care these trees can lose their leaves, fruit, and limbs as they slowly die.

Fungal diseases in the bark are fairly easy for trained arborists to deal with, but the sooner they are caught, the better! Here are the big five fungal diseases we cope with in Ontario and what you should do to prevent them from harming your tree.

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High Tech Tree Protection

For those in the tree protection business, safety equipment, good rigging, saw, and shears can be the most important pieces of equipment needed to protect and cure trees. On the outside, arboriculture is an occupation that might not look like it’s changed too much, but while the hard work might have stayed the same, the technology has made diagnosing and treating trees easier for us and you.

Tree defense technology doesn’t end with the pruning hook and a ladder; we use computers, too! While much of what arborists use can be fairly basic – we still often protect trees with burlap, for instance – there are new, high-tech tools that can make diagnosing problems simple for us, and even puts some of that ability into your hands.

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