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How To Repair Winter Tree Damage

Ontario winters can be rough on trees. The heavy snow and ice, the cold, dry winds, the temperature fluctuations towards spring, salt spray… the list of things that can seriously damage trees is long. Your trees require care in the springtime to make sure they overcome this winter damage and go into the new season as healthy as possible. Some of this care might require a professional eye; some of it you can do yourself!

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Most Common Tree Pests In North America

As common tree pests munch their way through Northern American plant life, the majority of insect damage to trees is caused by 22 common insect pests! These insects cause enormous economic damage by destroying landscape trees, lumber companies and much more…

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The Life Cycle Of A Tree

Like everything living on Planet Earth, trees have a life cycle, going from conception (in the form of a seed) to death (in the form of a snag). Knowing the basics of your tree’s life cycle could change how you care for it, but just remember: different species of tree, at the same age, could be in different parts of the life cycle. However, no matter what the species, they all start with a seed.

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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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Protecting Trees from Winter Damage

Winter can do a lot of damage to a tree. It’s a part of nature, really, and trees are built to resist much of what the cold, harsh weather will throw at them. Their whole system works to prevent the water inside from freezing and expanding, and their ability to go dormant in the winter helps them survive through a minus 30-degree day during the dead of a Canadian winter.

 

Sometimes the weather wins. While that’s all well and good in a forest, you probably want to preserve the trees you have in your backyard. Winter damage can weaken the tree, make it aesthetically unpleasing, and even cause damage to your home or vehicles. Here’s what you can do to help to your trees survive the winter intact!

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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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The Dangers of Large Tree Removal

If you want a tree removed, it’s easy to think that you could do it yourself. But large tree removal isn’t a very easy job, and it’s almost always a hazardous one. The large limbs and thick trunk can cause serious damage during the removal process. The damage that you were probably hoping to avoid in taking down the tree in the first place.

Here are some things to consider before completing large tree removal on your property, and why you should just call an arborist to do it for you!
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Signs of Tree Trouble: What to Watch For and When to Act

Trees are important to both the ecosystem we rely on, and your property. A beautiful tree is a great asset! But if it starts losing its beauty, you should know why!

It’s important to know when your tree is in need of a pruning or if it isn’t going to make it. Diseased, dying, or dead trees are safety hazards that can pose a threat to yourself, family, and your property. Learn the signs of tree trouble so you can take action when it’s needed!

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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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