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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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All About Edible Trees

Trees are major parts of landscaping, and they provide much-needed ornamentation to your property. Some trees give shade, some have a great colour to accent the flowers you’ve planted, and some provide the perfect amount of flow to your landscaping plans. But have you thought about which species are edible trees?

You can easily have trees that are both beautiful and tasty, making your landscape an edible one!

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Five Ways That Trees And Buildings Can Coexist

In the construction world, trees are often thought of as building material at best, a nuisance to be cut down at worst. But necessity is the mother of invention, and when a tree is too beautiful to remove (or it’s protected by law, depending on where you are), there are ways builders and arborists can help the two sides come together. Trees and buildings can coexist!

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The Five Most Common Tree Species Found In Southern Ontario

Planting popular species of tree is a great thing to do, even if it sounds boring! This is because native trees are important for the general ecosystem, and in looking at what’s most common in your area, you’ll also get a good sense of what tree will thrive after planting.

If you’re having trouble picking out a sapling to plant, or need help identifying a tree in your neighbourhood, these five will probably be your best bet!

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