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Why Leaves Turn Colour In Fall

The explosion of colours that greet us in fall is one of the reasons why it’s a favourite season for many people. But why do leaves turn colour in fall? To fully tell the tale of why the leaves on trees change from green to yellow, orange, red, and (sometimes) purple, we have to explain why leaves start as green! Read more

How To Know When A Tree Needs To Be Cut Down

 

 

An unhealthy tree might not appear to be a hazard. Once an arborist determines that a tree is in failing health or no longer living, you might have to cut it down, even if the trunk isn’t leaning or there are no hanging branches.

It’s important to note that the signs on this list aren’t guarantees that a tree must come down; if you notice one or more of them on a tree on your property, call an arborist for a professional opinion!

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How Much Should I Water My Trees & Shrubs?

Trees and shrubs can be easy to care for, but you still need to give them attention to make sure they grow and thrive. Proper care includes watering, and many property owners aren’t giving their trees and shrubs the right amount of water at the right times. 

In those first few weeks, watering the proper amount is essential – both over and under watering can be fatal to a new planting. How much water should your trees and shrubs get?

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How To Plant A Tree

Planting a tree sounds so simple: dig a hole, pop the tree in, and you’re done, right? To make sure your new tree grows healthy, planting it takes a little more care than that! When it’s time to put it in the ground, whether it’s a deciduous or coniferous tree, here’s how you can do it properly! 

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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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