Forest conservation by-laws have been on the books in our province for over 50 years. Most municipalities pass these laws to prevent the destruction of mature trees that are important to the health of the environment, leading many to call the by-laws “tree cutting laws.”
When a tree gets too tall, a homeowner’s first instinct may be to have a local tree service lop a bit off the top. Most people refer to it as tree topping, though the job goes by a few names: heading, tipping, hat-racking, rounding over, etc.
Forests are resilient ecosystems, and this makes them ideal areas in which to cultivate and harvest food. An age-old tactic is forest gardening, in which the planter works in or even recreates the ecosystem of forested areas to grow an abundance of food, working with nature rather than clearing out the trees.
While the Brockley Tree Service team will do everything in our power to save your trees, some will simply live out their lives and, eventually, get turned into fuel. You can turn dead trees on your property into firewood, and many businesses across London sell it. But how can you tell what “good” firewood is and when this wood is ready to burn?
While they don’t move very fast, tree roots are the “root” of many home and yard problems. If you see them encroaching on your foundation, driveway, or a public sidewalk, don’t remove the tree or damage its extensive root system to stop it – put in a root barrier!
A barrier will redirect roots away from your home or strangle them before they can get too close, all while keeping the tree’s nutrient system intact.
Trees are an essential part of agriculture, and we’re not just talking about fruit trees: all types of deciduous and coniferous trees can protect topsoil, keeping crop yields high and the soil in good condition. When planted along streams and wetlands, they also prevent bank erosion and help keep the water stay clean.
Soil conservation is important for trees, too – here are four ways they are used and benefit in return!