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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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Harmful Tree Bugs and How To Get Rid of Them

After a long winter, your tree might be in a weaker state; this means it’s the perfect target for pests come spring. Nature provides you with a lot of protection via predators, but sometimes infestations can get out of control. If you’re not paying attention and controlling your trees, they could end up dead.

Here are four pests that are prevalent in Ontario, and could be coming for your trees. Look for the signs and be ready this fall and next spring! Read more

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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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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Storm Season – The Clean-Up That Follows

There’s only so much you can do in keeping your house and property safe from falling limbs. After all, a tree is a living thing, and a mighty impressive one at that. This is why it’s not uncommon for property owners to dread any heavy rain, ice storm, or powerful wind that come through the area.

 

When violent weather blows through your neighbourhood, there’s not a whole lot you can do while wind buffets the limbs and branches of your trees. But if you’re prepared, and know the conditions of your tree, you could minimize the damage when the storm is over!

 

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Lightning Hazards And Your Tree

Just thinking about the power of lightning can boggle the mind: it’s an electrical charge of 100 million volts striking at a temperature of more than 30,000 degrees Celsius. It can make for a very beautiful show, especially when you’re watching it at a distance, but this force of nature can just as easily come to you. If you have tall trees on your property, it’s very possible they could attract and be struck by lightning.

 

Lightning striking a tree can kill parts of the tree, or even the entire tree, turning it into a safety hazard. Just because it’s tall, doesn’t mean you can’t protect it!

 

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Preparing For The Asian Longhorn Beetle

Our world is increasing in connectivity, more and more every day. These connections bring a lot of positives, but they also come with… well, some unwelcome guests, namely, the Asian Longhorn Beetle.

 

We’ve already discussed the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest that came to the United States and slowly made its way north to us. As its name suggests, this invasive species has a special appetite reserved for ash trees. While we fight to preserve the ash trees we still have, simple things like not planting more of this species of tree can prevent the spread of the beetle. When the next species comes, though, we might not be as lucky.

 

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