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!
Trees are much more complex than many people give them credit for; they figured out how to live for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and it wasn’t a one-tree job. Like all living things, trees used reproduction and genetic mutation to adapt and thrive to their environments over more than 350 million years, and it seems to have worked pretty well!
But did they actually develop the ability talk to each other? It’s an intriguing and controversial idea among foresters, arborists, and botanists, with the premise sounding like a root-and-fungus based Internet for trees. Whatever the right answer, what we now know about trees is that their private lives are much more interesting than you might think!
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!
Trimming can be done to give a neat, tasteful look to the shape of your trees, allowing the canopy and branches to supplement the rest of your landscaping. A trained eye can focus on exactly what needs to be trimmed, enhancing the shape and structure of a tree and guaranteeing a perfect, stylish trimming. Or, to paraphrase Michelangelo, “ You just trim away the parts of the tree that don’t look like a tree.”
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!
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…
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.
Have you noticed a little change in your trees? It’s not uncommon for property owners to look at one or more of their trees and wonder what season it is, as the colours change from green to red, yellow, or orange in the middle of summer.
It’s not the changing of the temperatures or a tree acting out of season because it’s unusual – changing colours is a sign that your tree is under a lot of stress. Take red leaves as red alerts that you need to give your tree some first aid!
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?
“Good fences make good neighbours” goes the old saying, and while a fence can indeed make a good neighbour, sometimes it doesn’t make for a very pretty one. Fences can seem cold and sterile, and you might not want to see one directly outside your window. Depending on the material, they can also be pretty transparent, keeping people out physically but letting their eyes roam all over your property.
Privacy plants are a great way to enhance your landscaping while acting as barriers that don’t really look like barriers. Here’s what to consider when planning out your privacy shrubs!