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?
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.
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!
Despite what you might think, leaves don’t change colour and fall off just so you have an extra chore in the fall. The changes in the amount of sunlight, due to both shorter days and a lower sun, combined with colder temperatures to tell the trees that it’s time to go dormant. As they begin their long winter’s nap, one of the first things to slow down is the chlorophyll-making process that gives leaves their green colour. But there’s a lot more science to this story!
Tree ownership provides plenty of benefits to your property, but they are also often the cause of neighbourly disputes. Trees that grow near property lines can lead to arguments over leaves, branches, root growth, and potential damage. Knowing what you’re responsible for, what your neighbour is responsible for, and the by-laws that protect trees in the city of London can make it easier to care for trees and prevent disputes from getting out of hand.
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!