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When Should I Prune My Trees, Shrubs, and Hedges

Pruning your trees, shrubs, and hedges is an important part of landscape maintenance. It helps keep them looking their best and also promotes healthy growth. But when is the best time to prune them? Let’s discuss the different times of year that you should prune your trees, shrubs, and hedges. We will also provide you with a few tips on how to properly prune them!

The best time to prune your trees, shrubs, and hedges depends on the type of plant. For most deciduous plants, the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This allows you to shape the plant how you want it and also removes any dead or damaged branches. If you prune too early in the season, you may damage new growth. For evergreen plants, the best time to prune is in late spring or early summer. This allows the plant to recover from any pruning before winter sets in. Read more

What Happens To A Tree In Winter?

 

There is something beautiful about Christmas pine trees, especially when you see one standing next to a dreary, naked maple tree. What do pines do in winter that maples aren’t doing? Why is it that some types of trees seem to die in winter, while others stay full and fragrant? Keep reading to find out what happens to Canada’s trees in the wintertime.

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What Do Shrubs Need For Protection From The Winter Elements?

 

Shrubs are a landscaping favourite: they provide a visual composition for your outdoor setting and offer beautiful colours even in the wintertime. They also protect your garden from the wind – and maybe even from snooping eyes.

However, shrubs are very susceptible to damage from the winter weather. You might not notice any problems until the following spring when shrubs are either in recovery mode or dying! Though harsh winter weather and voracious animal appetites can wreak havoc on your shrubbery, here’s how you  can help them avoid all the dead branches, frostbite, and chewed bark that often come with winter.

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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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