Electric companies around the province do make tree trimming a priority. They trim treetops and remove branches to protect the infrastructure and maintain electric reliability for their customers. However, most of them do not take care of trees that grow on private property if they don’t come close to power lines.
Arborists are often called tree surgeons because their business bears a resemblance to how a doctor works on people. In the industry, however, the two labels would never be used interchangeably! Despite their title, tree surgeons do not have the same training or knowledge as certified arborists. The difference will show in the quality of the work.
Fertilizing gives trees a nutrient boost, making them stronger and more prepared to withstand natural stressors like pests, diseases, and inclement weather. However, it can take some time for surface fertilization to affect the extensive root system. This is why deep root fertilization is so important, especially in the spring.
Bark is like the “skin” of the tree. Just like how our skin protects our inner parts, the bark of a tree protects the layer known as the “phloem”. The phloem is the innermost living tissue of the tree, and it transports the sucrose made through photosynthesis to where it’s needed. Without bark, this sensitive tissue would be open to superficial damage, infections, and insects.
This means that when the bark is damaged, the “circulatory system” of the tree is open to damage as well. Trees have healing measures that can help them repair the tissue so that diseases do not harm the movement of nutrients throughout the tree. However, this healing does not help bark grow back, but humans can help tree wounds heal cleanly so that what replaces it is just as protective.
In recent years, most municipalities in Ontario have enacted tree protection by-laws. These laws are designed to protect trees on both public and private land. The City of London is one of these municipalities, having had a by-law protecting both forested tracts of land and individual trees that meet specific criteria since 2016.
In Ontario, the leaves begin changing colour in mid-to-late September and into October. While we often take them for granted while they’re here, the window to enjoy this seasonal foliage is pretty small. Here are some great places in the province to make the most out of this short time of year!