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Salt Damage and Your Tree Protection Plan

Canada uses at least $7 million tonnes of salt per year on its roads, and dealing with the damage it does to our cars, homes, and clothing is a regular part of winter here in the Great White North. But this road salt has a huge impact on the environment, too, and while you picture it getting into waterways, you might forget that this salt affects your property’s environment, too. Preventing salt damage should be a priority in order to protect more trees on your property.

While the road salt typically used is all-natural sodium chloride, it being all over the roads isn’t what nature had in mind. While it might be safe for you, it can kill your plants, and if it’s bad enough, even the heartiest of your trees. Here’s how this happens, how you can prevent it and why you should add it to your tree protection plan!

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What To Do With Your Old Christmas Tree

Are you still clinging to 2017’s Christmas tree? We don’t blame you. Weren’t we singing “O Christmas Tree” not two or three weeks ago? Now we’re supposed to toss it to the curb?

Here are some ideas to make the most of that used-up Tannenbaum, both inside and outside!

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees: An Arborist’s Perspective

Christmas Tree LotPicking a Christmas tree has become one of the most important December traditions. Think about your favourite festive movies – from A Christmas Story to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, taking the family to the local lot or forest to get a tree is one of the most magical parts of the season. Sure, you might end up with soap in your mouth after or cut down a tree with a squirrel in it, but you had a ton of fun!

 

A new trend is quickly replacing the woodsy scent of real evergreens, though, as fake plastic Christmas trees are gaining in popularity. It’s understandable, really – it’s a one-time cost, there are no needles to clean up, and there’s nothing to haul out to the curb in January. But what do real tree specialists prefer?

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Preparing Your Trees For Winter

Trees are tough plants, but winter can take a toll on their structure and health. This storm damage could lead to weakened integrity, falling branches, and a lot of property damage in the future. While a little snow and ice and can make for beautiful, pastoral scenes, it can add a lot of stress.

 

Examine your trees now, before the cold makes it a very unpleasant chore. You’ll be saving yourself a lot of time, energy, and money, not to mention maybe even saving the life of your tree!

 

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Diseased Trees: How To Tell and What To Do

Trees are very independent organisms, and once they’re going, they don’t need babysitting. But keeping an eye on their health is crucial, because while they’re hearty, they’re also very big, and big organisms attract a lot of problems. 

 

Be prepared and know the symptoms of diseased trees as soon as they show themselves. Catching the problem in time can save the tree!

 

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Five Safety Tips For Proper Tree Removal

We like saving trees, but sometimes, it’s impossible. While we consider tree removal a last resort, we know it’s sometimes necessary. It’s also necessary, when undertaking either a tree or stump removal, to do it properly and safely.

 

If you want to undertake the process yourself, follow these basic safety guidelines. Know that tree removal isn’t as simple as owning a chainsaw and guessing where the tree will fall – it can be a complicated process, and should always be treated as such!

 

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Tree Stump Removal Safety

Tree stumps can be rather unsightly. They’re either taking up room on your beautifully landscaped lawn, or they serve as a reminder of the majestic tree that once stood. Either way, most people want the stump out of their yard and in the wood chipper ASAP.

 

There’s a temptation to do it oneself, with a group of guys with large trucks and heavy-duty chains on a nice Saturday afternoon. While this little get-together sounds fun, it’s really important to do stump removal properly and safely. Here are some of our tips if you truly want to remove that tree stump yourself!

 

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