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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Trees are incredible organisms, and the Brockley team gets to see what makes them so amazing up close every day. However, there are some species we’d prefer you to keep off your landscaping, though unless you’re in the Addams Family or a character in a Stephen King novel, no one would want these trees on their property anyway!
Just in time for the spookiest day of the year, here are five trees that are poisonous, deadly, creepy, and even explosive!
Research proves that higher amounts of trees in urban areas give many benefits, from energy conservation to reducing levels of stormwater. But did you know many cities can use trees to fight crime?
Researchers across the United States have examined how trees improve the quality of life for people who live in cities. One of these was seeing how tree cover affects criminal activity, and the results are pretty startling!