Entries by Zachary Dear

Summer Tree & Shrub Care Tips

  Every season brings its own set of challenges for trees and shrubs, and summer is no exception. If you want to reap the fruits of summer, paying extra attention to young plants and fruit trees is essential. Here are care tips you can use to help your trees and shrubs make it through the […]

5 Reasons NOT To Cut Down Your Own Tree

Many people think cutting down a tree is easy, a task they can do themselves. For safety, cost, and even on behalf of the tree itself, we strongly advise against doing this! Here are five reasons why it’s better to have a professional cut down a tree than making it a DIY job.  

How Much Salt Is Needed To Kill A Tree?

At Brockley, we do our best to save trees. But on some properties, there may be a tree that is not wise to keep. In cases like this, using salt can be the simplest and most effective way of taking care of the plant. It can be a preventative measure, too – the more you […]

All About Trees: The Southwestern Ontario Ironwood

The Ironwood tree found in Southwestern Ontario is a small understory species that is popular for landscaping. It dependably grows with little maintenance and is a trouble-free tree in many urban settings. Throughout the year, the Ironwood tree provides food for native wildlife, and in the fall, it shows a beautiful colour.  As the name […]

Should You Monitor Mushroom Growth Near Your Trees Next Season?

The arrival of spring brings new sprouts, not just on your tree but around it, too. One non-plant sprout is the mushroom, and these fun guys tend to grow around large foliage. For foragers, tree bases are ideal spots for finding tasty morsels like morels, but if you spot mushrooms around your trees, don’t take […]

What Is The Most Ideal Tree Work During Winter?

Many customers think that tree maintenance work slows down during the winter. However, arborists work the entire year, and we can be swamped with work during the winter! It’s because we can perform some types of tree care work better during the winter, performing tasks during the coldest months of the year to prepare your […]

Three Signs A Tree Is About To Fall

A tree about to fall poses a hazard to life and property, but how can you tell when one on your property is close to taking a tumble? Here are three signs you can look for – if you notice them, call an arborist!

Can Firewood Be Too Dry?

Firewood left to season for longer than needed might lose more moisture than is necessary. While that sounds okay – or at least not problematic – some moisture content in the wood is important for controlling a fire and enjoying its heat. Here’s what very dry firewood can do to your fireplace or wood-burning stove […]

What Trees Are Most Vulnerable During A Storm?

Trees have evolved to be hardy plants that can thrive for hundreds of years, but they are still vulnerable to the forces of nature. Strong winds and the accumulation of snow and ice can damage large limbs, but over time they can take the entire tree down. On top of the physical damage to or […]

What Is Involved In A Tree Hazard Assessment?

For an arborist, a tree hazard assessment is as much an art as it is a science. Recognizing the hazards requires experience and an understanding of not only tree biology and physiology but also the unique structure and decay processes of trees. They must know how trees in a specific area grow, the history of […]