Despite what you might think, leaves don’t change colour and fall off just so you have an extra chore in the fall. The changes in the amount of sunlight, due to both shorter days and a lower sun, combined with colder temperatures to tell the trees that it’s time to go dormant. As they begin their long winter’s nap, one of the first things to slow down is the chlorophyll-making process that gives leaves their green colour. But there’s a lot more science to this story!
Gardeners and arborists are usually pretty patient people, but there can be some disagreement as to whether or not pruning and planting can be done in summer. It’s tricky, because the growing season is in full-swing, and a lot of home gardeners worry about harming their trees long-term by pruning and planting when the trees are using the most energy.
Like so many other questions in life, it’s a pretty grey area! Under certain circumstances, trees can be pruned and planted at any time of the year, but it’s not the same as pruning and planting in the other seasons. How should you act in summer?
Removing a tree doesn’t end when you’ve cut it down. In fact, that’s often the easy part! The tree stump is something that gives a lot of homeowners headaches, as getting it out of the ground can be a real pain. To avoid removing a tree stump, some people will try and plant around it, others will try and ignore it.
However, the question isn’t how you should live with a tree stump, but rather should you live with a tree stump in the first place? Our answer is no! You shouldn’t leave a stump. The presence of one on your property could attract pests, repel potential home buyers, and tick off neighbours. Here’s why!
It won’t be long until the trees begin to come out of their dormancy and start to bud with leaves, blossoms, and new growth. However, coming out of this long winter’s nap leaves them (no pun intended) very susceptible to fungal infections, many of which start in the bark. These infections can spread to the entire body, and without proper care these trees can lose their leaves, fruit, and limbs as they slowly die.
Fungal diseases in the bark are fairly easy for trained arborists to deal with, but the sooner they are caught, the better! Here are the big five fungal diseases we cope with in Ontario and what you should do to prevent them from harming your tree.