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.
In recent years, most municipalities in Ontario have enacted tree protection by-laws. These laws are designed to protect trees on both public and private land. The City of London is one of these municipalities, having had a by-law protecting both forested tracts of land and individual trees that meet specific criteria since 2016.
In Ontario, the leaves begin changing colour in mid-to-late September and into October. While we often take them for granted while they’re here, the window to enjoy this seasonal foliage is pretty small. Here are some great places in the province to make the most out of this short time of year!
Because of the size, weight, and unpredictability of tree limbs, it can be dangerous work to cut down a tree, even more so if you don’t do it for a living. This is why anyone thinking of cutting down a tree themselves must do it with a well-equipped team at their side.
Tree removal cannot be taken lightly. It involves strategy, knowledge, and the proper equipment to both cut the tree and protect property and people from the perils of a natural force: gravity.
If We All Planted a Tree, Would Anything Interesting Happen? There are a lot of people on earth – 7.5 billion to be inexact, with more arriving every day. Have you ever thought about what would happen if all 7.5 billion of us did one specific action? Maybe something silly, like we all jump at the same time, or hold hands across the globe, or maybe build a giant human pyramid. The results would either be negligible (for jumping, the earth wouldn’t feel a thing) or hilarious.
But what if everyone did something that was good for the world? Not something corporate, like giving one another a soft drink, but something positive for the environment. For instance, what if everyone planted just one tree?
If your home has a yard, even if it’s small, you can grow a tree. It doesn’t matter if you want to grow fruit or beautify your landscaping – if you have 15 feet of space away from the foundation, you can have a tree planted! You just have to make sure that the tree you plant is the right species.