What Are The First Trees To Bloom In London After The Spring Melt?

Londoners plant trees on their property for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is how they look in spring. You can find many different colours across London in the Forest City’s variety of flowering trees!

In our part of the country, spring technically begins in late March, but blossoms can come out through April, May and early June. What are the first trees to bloom in London when the snow melts? Read more

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 it as a good sign. When should you monitor the spring mushroom growth near your trees? 

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Does Wood Chip Mulch Really Protect Tree Roots In Winter?

Mulch is important for tree health. This kind of organic material can enhance landscaping, protect plants from traffic, and improve soil conditions. Gardeners and landscapers don’t use it only in warmer weather, though – they know that mulch serves a purpose in winter, too. But does wood chip mulch really protect tree roots in winter? To answer the question, it helps to know why mulch is important year-round!

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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 trees for the spring.

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How To Safely Install Winter Bird Feeders On Your Trees

Winter bird feeders are great ways to add a bit of colour to your yard and see more of nature. Homeowners should put their winter bird feeders away from foot traffic, making trees ideal places for those who don’t want to set up a pole in their lawn.

Placing a winter bird feeder in a tree simulates the feeding patterns of the birds, especially suet feeders on tree trunks or thick branches for woodpeckers (suet is an animal fat safe for birds). The tree can also protect it from direct sunlight and wind. But how you set it up can affect the health of your tree! Here’s how to install a bird feeder in a way that doesn’t harm your tree. Read more

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!

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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 and why you should only buy cords that are professionally seasoned.

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What Is The Difference Between Tree Trimming And Pruning?

With the holidays right around the corner, hearing the term “tree trimming” may remind you of decorating your Christmas tree with colorful ornaments and while “Trimming” your Christmas tree doesn’t fall under our line of work, we are happy offer tree trimming and pruning services when you need it.

Many people use the terms “trimming” and “pruning” interchangeably, but to their surprise, the jobs aren’t the same! What is the difference between tree trimming and pruning? Read more

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 loss of the tree, weakened and broken trees can pose a high risk to people and property.  

While certain species can be susceptible, what makes a tree on your property vulnerable is its history, age, the effects of pruning, and any changes to its environment. 

 

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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 the tree, and how construction, weather conditions, soil and water may affect it!

Property owners should have their trees examined with a tree hazard assessment as a form of risk management. Here’s what arborists look for when performing this task and how they can find things ordinary people would miss.

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