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5 Reasons NOT To Cut Down Your Own Tree

Many people think cutting down a tree is easy, a task they can do themselves. For safety, cost, and even on behalf of the tree itself, we strongly advise against doing this! Here are five reasons why it’s better to have a professional cut down a tree than making it a DIY job.

 

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How Much Salt Is Needed To Kill A Tree?

At Brockley, we do our best to save trees. But on some properties, there may be a tree that is not wise to keep. In cases like this, using salt can be the simplest and most effective way of taking care of the plant.

It can be a preventative measure, too – the more you know about salt, the better you can prepare your trees when road crews spray this chemical over every road in Ontario.

 

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All About Trees: The Southwestern Ontario Ironwood

The Ironwood tree found in Southwestern Ontario is a small understory species that is popular for landscaping. It dependably grows with little maintenance and is a trouble-free tree in many urban settings. Throughout the year, the Ironwood tree provides food for native wildlife, and in the fall, it shows a beautiful colour. 

As the name suggests, the Southwestern Ontario Ironwood has the densest, hardest wood of any native Canadian tree species!

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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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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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Five Of The World’s Scariest Trees

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!

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