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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

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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Can Large Trees Reduce Crime In Cities?

Research proves that higher amounts of trees in urban areas give many benefits, from energy conservation to reducing levels of stormwater. But did you know many cities can use trees to fight crime?

Researchers across the United States have examined how trees improve the quality of life for people who live in cities. One of these was seeing how tree cover affects criminal activity, and the results are pretty startling!

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What Is Black Knot Disease?

Fruit trees are susceptible to a different set of problems than other trees. For instance, a certain fungal infection called “black knot disease” will attack plum, cherry, apricot, and peach trees. What is this problem, and how does it hurt fruit trees?

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What Is The First Ontario Tree To Bloom In Spring?

One of the best parts of spring is the blooming of trees, and these renewed colours are the perfect antidote for the winter blues. In Ontario, spring-blooming species begin “waking up” anywhere from mid-March through to about mid-June. Which species can you expect to see bloom first this spring?

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What Are The Best Evergreen Shrubs?

Evergreen shrubs are some of the most versatile ornamental plants around. They look great next to a beautiful array of perennials, as privacy hedges, and even all by themselves on an empty lawn. These shrubs are also much less work than other plants! 

Here are five of the best choices with their ideal uses!

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Great Places To See The Leaves Changing In Ontario

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!

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What Would Happen If Everyone In The World Planted A Tree?

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?

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How Tree Removal Techniques Differ Between Tree Types

Sometimes a tree is beyond helping and it needs to be removed. Before tackling the job (and after determining it really is dead), a good arborist makes a plan. This is an important step in keeping everyone safe and preventing property damage.

The work of an arborist takes them high in the branches, and they get up there with rigs and ladders while carrying sharp tools. How a tree is removed depends on the tree’s location, size, and type!

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