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Three Signs A Tree Is About To Fall

A tree about to fall poses a hazard to life and property, but how can you tell when one on your property is close to taking a tumble? Here are three signs you can look for – if you notice them, call an arborist!

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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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What Trees Are Most Vulnerable During A Storm?

Trees have evolved to be hardy plants that can thrive for hundreds of years, but they are still vulnerable to the forces of nature. Strong winds and the accumulation of snow and ice can damage large limbs, but over time they can take the entire tree down. On top of the physical damage to or loss of the tree, weakened and broken trees can pose a high risk to people and property.  

While certain species can be susceptible, what makes a tree on your property vulnerable is its history, age, the effects of pruning, and any changes to its environment. 

 

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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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What Happens To All That Wood After A Tree Removal?

You might see the Brockley Tree team cut down a dead or dying tree and wonder what happens next. We can confidently say that the life of wood doesn’t end when we or a municipal team removes a tree! While it’s always a shame when a tree has to come down, Londoners make the most of useful wood.

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Are Tree Removal Regulations Different In Every Province?

Tree removal regulations differ from one place to another. The provinces and territories have control over most of Canada’s forests. The feds say each of these regions can develop and enforce their laws, regulations and policies related to the planting and removal of trees

Even still, the provinces don’t always manage tree removal laws themselves. In most cases, they delegate forestry decisions to the towns, cities, and municipal governments!

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Does Insurance Pay For Tree Removal?

It’s not a Canadian winter without snow, ice, harsh winds, and (unfortunately) falling trees. While they often take down power lines and slow down commutes, the worst broken tree limbs can do is cause damage to personal property.

You might think that you’re automatically covered by your insurance company, but that’s not always the case. Under what circumstances will your policy cover the destruction? 

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Why You Should Never Cut Down A Tree By Yourself

Because of the size, weight, and unpredictability of tree limbs, it can be dangerous work to cut down a tree, even more so if you don’t do it for a living. This is why anyone thinking of cutting down a tree themselves must do it with a well-equipped team at their side. 

Tree removal cannot be taken lightly. It involves strategy, knowledge, and the proper equipment to both cut the tree and protect property and people from the perils of a natural force: gravity. 

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When Is The Best Time To Prune Trees?

Pruning is an important part of tree maintenance. When done correctly, you can control the shape of the tree, keep its growth at a healthy rate, and reduce the dead weigh caused by broken or diseased branches (among many other things). But pruning can’t just be done whenever the mood strikes. Once you’ve figured out why you have to prune, it’s very important that you prune at the right time!

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Should You Preserve A Tree Stump On Your Property?

Removing a tree doesn’t end when you’ve cut it down. In fact, that’s often the easy part! The tree stump is something that gives a lot of homeowners headaches, as getting it out of the ground can be a real pain. To avoid removing a tree stump, some people will try and plant around it, others will try and ignore it.

However, the question isn’t how you should live with a tree stump, but rather should you live with a tree stump in the first place? Our answer is no! You shouldn’t leave a stump. The presence of one on your property could attract pests, repel potential home buyers, and tick off neighbours. Here’s why!

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