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Planting and Pruning in Summer: Why or Why Not?

Gardeners and arborists are usually pretty patient people, but there can be some disagreement as to whether or not pruning and planting can be done in summer. It’s tricky, because the growing season is in full-swing, and a lot of home gardeners worry about harming their trees long-term by pruning and planting when the trees are using the most energy.

Like so many other questions in life, it’s a pretty grey area! Under certain circumstances, trees can be pruned and planted at any time of the year, but it’s not the same as pruning and planting in the other seasons. How should you act in summer?

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High Tech Tree Protection

For those in the tree protection business, safety equipment, good rigging, saw, and shears can be the most important pieces of equipment needed to protect and cure trees. On the outside, arboriculture is an occupation that might not look like it’s changed too much, but while the hard work might have stayed the same, the technology has made diagnosing and treating trees easier for us and you.

Tree defense technology doesn’t end with the pruning hook and a ladder; we use computers, too! While much of what arborists use can be fairly basic – we still often protect trees with burlap, for instance – there are new, high-tech tools that can make diagnosing problems simple for us, and even puts some of that ability into your hands.

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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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