In the construction world, trees are often thought of as building material at best, a nuisance to be cut down at worst. But necessity is the mother of invention, and when a tree is too beautiful to remove (or it’s protected by law, depending on where you are), there are ways builders and arborists can help the two sides come together. Trees and buildings can coexist!
Trees are much more complex than many people give them credit for; they figured out how to live for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and it wasn’t a one-tree job. Like all living things, trees used reproduction and genetic mutation to adapt and thrive to their environments over more than 350 million years, and it seems to have worked pretty well!
But did they actually develop the ability talk to each other? It’s an intriguing and controversial idea among foresters, arborists, and botanists, with the premise sounding like a root-and-fungus based Internet for trees. Whatever the right answer, what we now know about trees is that their private lives are much more interesting than you might think!
Planting popular species of tree is a great thing to do, even if it sounds boring! This is because native trees are important for the general ecosystem, and in looking at what’s most common in your area, you’ll also get a good sense of what tree will thrive after planting.
If you’re having trouble picking out a sapling to plant, or need help identifying a tree in your neighbourhood, these five will probably be your best bet!
Trimming can be done to give a neat, tasteful look to the shape of your trees, allowing the canopy and branches to supplement the rest of your landscaping. A trained eye can focus on exactly what needs to be trimmed, enhancing the shape and structure of a tree and guaranteeing a perfect, stylish trimming. Or, to paraphrase Michelangelo, “ You just trim away the parts of the tree that don’t look like a tree.”
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!