The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a nasty little invader that is currently laying waste to all ash trees in its path. Cities, towns and concerned citizens are all doing their best to fight back but the cost of stopping the emerald ash borer is high.
Trees are dormant in the winter but this does not mean that they are unaffected by the cold. Extreme weather conditions that cause temperature fluctuations, frost, ice, and dry conditions can take a toll on trees in your Waterloo garden. The stress caused by the cold weather can damage or weaken trees and make them more susceptible to bacteria, diseases, and insect attacks.
When you have invested time and effort on your Guelph garden and watched your trees grow and flourish year after year, you don’t want to see them destroyed by harsh winter weather. Especially if you know there are steps you can take to keep them safe.
The invasive and highly destructive, emerald ash borer, is laying waste to ash forests throughout Guelph. Originally from Asia, this distinctive jewel green beetle found its way to the shores of the North American continent in solid wood packaging material on cargo ships in 2002. Since then it has spread throughout the continent and destroyed millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada.
Just because your Waterloo garden is dormant in the winter, doesn’t mean you should be too. There are plenty of gardening tasks to keep you busy throughout the cold months and ensure that your garden blooms beautifully in spring. Winter pruning or dormancy pruning, in Waterloo can be cold, hard work but it will pay dividends when the weather warms up again. This is the ideal time to get an arborist to tend to your trees.
We all love big old trees with thick trunks and twisted branches, they are great for climbing and building children’s treehouses. Large trees add character and charm to your Waterloo property, and planted close to your house can also offer much-needed shade in the summer months. But trees planted around your home need to be well maintained and trimmed regularly. They can’t just be left to grow wild and unattended.
It may be the most beautiful tree in your garden, or perhaps it shades your house in those hot Guelph summers? It could be home to a family of squirrels or the site of your grown children’s long unused treehouse. One thing for sure though is, hanging onto that old tree for the sake of sentiment isn’t the right thing to do. Whatever the reason you might be loath to remove it, there sadly comes a time when all old trees have to be removed.
Ash trees throughout Canada are under threat, not from loggers or wildfires, but from a highly invasive and insidious predator. The emerald ash borer (EAB) has launched a massive invasion of Canada and if something isn’t done soon, it may be too late to save our beautiful trees.
Gardens require year-round maintenance to keep them looking their best. But of all the seasons, winter is probably the least demanding time for gardeners. There isn’t too much growing going on during the cold months and this lull in mowing, weeding, and raking can be a great time to catch up on much-needed tree pruning in your Waterloo garden.
Sometimes trees on our sidewalks, forests, and yards can come too close to the power lines. This can be a major hazard for people, properties, and trees themselves. Although trees are beneficial for the community, they can also pose a danger when they come into contact with the power lines.