Forests are resilient ecosystems, and this makes them ideal areas in which to cultivate and harvest food. An age-old tactic is forest gardening, in which the planter works in or even recreates the ecosystem of forested areas to grow an abundance of food, working with nature rather than clearing out the trees.
While the Brockley Tree Service team will do everything in our power to save your trees, some will simply live out their lives and, eventually, get turned into fuel. You can turn dead trees on your property into firewood, and many businesses across London sell it. But how can you tell what “good” firewood is and when this wood is ready to burn?
Trees are an essential part of agriculture, and we’re not just talking about fruit trees: all types of deciduous and coniferous trees can protect topsoil, keeping crop yields high and the soil in good condition. When planted along streams and wetlands, they also prevent bank erosion and help keep the water stay clean.
Soil conservation is important for trees, too – here are four ways they are used and benefit in return!
One of the best parts of spring is the blooming of trees, and these renewed colours are the perfect antidote for the winter blues. In Ontario, spring-blooming species begin “waking up” anywhere from mid-March through to about mid-June. Which species can you expect to see bloom first this spring?
Evergreen shrubs are some of the most versatile ornamental plants around. They look great next to a beautiful array of perennials, as privacy hedges, and even all by themselves on an empty lawn. These shrubs are also much less work than other plants!
Here are five of the best choices with their ideal uses!
While Brockley works to keep trees alive, we also understand the need for them in your home’s wood-burning stove or fireplace. What firewood should you be burning as fuel during winter? What you choose can make a big difference because not all trees burn the same, and not all wood is ready to burn!
It’s not a Canadian winter without snow, ice, harsh winds, and (unfortunately) falling trees. While they often take down power lines and slow down commutes, the worst broken tree limbs can do is cause damage to personal property.
You might think that you’re automatically covered by your insurance company, but that’s not always the case. Under what circumstances will your policy cover the destruction?
Electric companies around the province do make tree trimming a priority. They trim treetops and remove branches to protect the infrastructure and maintain electric reliability for their customers. However, most of them do not take care of trees that grow on private property if they don’t come close to power lines.
Fertilizing gives trees a nutrient boost, making them stronger and more prepared to withstand natural stressors like pests, diseases, and inclement weather. However, it can take some time for surface fertilization to affect the extensive root system. This is why deep root fertilization is so important, especially in the spring.
Bark is like the “skin” of the tree. Just like how our skin protects our inner parts, the bark of a tree protects the layer known as the “phloem”. The phloem is the innermost living tissue of the tree, and it transports the sucrose made through photosynthesis to where it’s needed. Without bark, this sensitive tissue would be open to superficial damage, infections, and insects.
This means that when the bark is damaged, the “circulatory system” of the tree is open to damage as well. Trees have healing measures that can help them repair the tissue so that diseases do not harm the movement of nutrients throughout the tree. However, this healing does not help bark grow back, but humans can help tree wounds heal cleanly so that what replaces it is just as protective.