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Does Wood Chip Mulch Really Protect Tree Roots In Winter?

Mulch is important for tree health. This kind of organic material can enhance landscaping, protect plants from traffic, and improve soil conditions. Gardeners and landscapers don’t use it only in warmer weather, though – they know that mulch serves a purpose in winter, too. But does wood chip mulch really protect tree roots in winter? To answer the question, it helps to know why mulch is important year-round!

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What Is The Most Ideal Tree Work During Winter?

Many customers think that tree maintenance work slows down during the winter. However, arborists work the entire year, and we can be swamped with work during the winter! It’s because we can perform some types of tree care work better during the winter, performing tasks during the coldest months of the year to prepare your trees for the spring.

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How To Safely Install Winter Bird Feeders On Your Trees

Winter bird feeders are great ways to add a bit of colour to your yard and see more of nature. Homeowners should put their winter bird feeders away from foot traffic, making trees ideal places for those who don’t want to set up a pole in their lawn.

Placing a winter bird feeder in a tree simulates the feeding patterns of the birds, especially suet feeders on tree trunks or thick branches for woodpeckers (suet is an animal fat safe for birds). The tree can also protect it from direct sunlight and wind. But how you set it up can affect the health of your tree! Here’s how to install a bird feeder in a way that doesn’t harm your tree. Read more

Can Large Trees Reduce Crime In Cities?

Research proves that higher amounts of trees in urban areas give many benefits, from energy conservation to reducing levels of stormwater. But did you know many cities can use trees to fight crime?

Researchers across the United States have examined how trees improve the quality of life for people who live in cities. One of these was seeing how tree cover affects criminal activity, and the results are pretty startling!

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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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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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Trees Throughout The Seasons

As seasons pass, trees go through a specific cycle of the seasons. Trees react to this annual cycle in a very interesting way. It’s always a beautiful cycle when you notice a tree changing colours throughout the year but how does this natural process occur?

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Preparing Your Trees For The Worst Of Winter

Winter can be downright murder for your trees, even the heartiest conifers. Without proper preparation, they can sustain damage that will weaken them over time and cause other damage to your property. Fall is the best time to get your trees ready for the ravages of winter, before the cold temperatures, wind, and precipitation make it impossible!

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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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