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!
Winter doesn’t go away quietly here in Ontario. Heavy ice storms are a common late-season problem, and they can cause serious property damage. While your tree may have come this far without your help, the next big storm could be the tipping point that breaks a lot of branches, or even brings the whole tree down.
This damage isn’t restricted to your tree, of course; your car and home are susceptible to bearing the brunt of falling limbs. You should properly prepare your tree for the worst winter has to make sure it comes into spring intact!
The deciduous trees on your property – the maples, the ashes, the oaks, etc. – obviously make it through every winter. They are, after all, still standing in your yard! But in winter, they lose much of their majesty, especially when you compare those barren branches to coniferous trees like firs and spruces. How do they make it through winter so… naked?
Deciduous trees have evolved to survive the extreme cold, snow, and ice of a Canadian winter by undergoing the plant version of hibernation: dormancy. It all starts in the fall when the leaves begin to change colour and fall off.
As common tree pests munch their way through Northern American plant life, the majority of insect damage to trees is caused by 22 common insect pests! These insects cause enormous economic damage by destroying landscape trees, lumber companies and much more…
Pruning is an important part of tree maintenance. When done correctly, you can control the shape of the tree, keep its growth at a healthy rate, and reduce the dead weigh caused by broken or diseased branches (among many other things). But pruning can’t just be done whenever the mood strikes. Once you’ve figured out why you have to prune, it’s very important that you prune at the right time!
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?