When you drive around your neighbourhood in the winter things look very different from the spring and summer. The ground is covered in snow, the ponds are iced over, many animals are hibernating, and the trees are bare. It is hard to imagine that in a few months everything will be teeming with life again and when you see those bare, leafless trees you can easily mistake them for dead, lifeless trees. But most bare trees are not dead, they are dormant.
Trees are like icebergs; much of what happens, happens below the surface. When you look at the trees on your property you see the leaves, buds, branches, fruit and flowers but you do not see the roots. You can’t see what is going on below the ground, but the root ball of a large healthy tree can be up to ten times the size of the parts of the tree that are visible above the ground. Just because the roots are under the ground does not mean that they can’t be damaged in the winter. Root damage from the cold can vary from mild to severe, and in extreme cases, the only solution will be complete tree removal.
Being caught in a storm can be a terrifying experience but there is not much that one can do to avoid them, and most people simply hunker down in their homes and wait for the worst of the weather to pass. Trees, however, have no option but to stand tall and weather the storm. But there are a few steps that you can take to protect your trees and help them survive an ice storm.
Gardeners pack away their gardening tools in the winter and landscape companies often turn to snow clearing at this time of year, but stump and tree removal services don’t shut up shop during the cold months. Trees and shrubs may be dormant in the cold weather, but tree service businesses are not. Winter is the perfect time for pruning and shaping trees and tree service companies are often called in to remove dead trees and old stumps.
Climate change, global warming, climate protests – these are not just buzz words, these are the words used by the younger generation to raise their concerns about our environment and it is time that everybody started listening to their message. There is a growing movement around the world that is focusing on protecting the earth for future generations and every action counts. You don’t need to protest on the streets to make a contribution to the survival of our planet, planting trees can go a long way towards restoring the health of the earth.
Big trees add value to your property but if a tree is about to topple over it can cause more trouble than it is worth. Trees are living entities and if they are not properly cared for, they can suffer from a whole host of diseases and other problems. If you have an unhealthy tree in your garden, you need to deal with it and have it removed by a tree removal service before it falls over and damages your property or injures someone.
The dangers of emerald ash borer (EAB) are well known by now and the government, local municipalities, and homeowners are all doing their bit to curb the spread of this insidious little creature and save as many of the country’s ash trees as possible. Sadly, ash trees that are not treated against the jade green beetle from Northeast Asia die within five to ten years of the emerald ash borer being detected in an area. Part of the problem for municipalities and property owners is what to with all the dead trees that EAB leaves in its wake.
Winters in Canada are long and harsh. During this time, most of us retreat indoors and animals tend to hibernate or find shelter in warm burrows, dens or nests. Our trees, however, remain exposed to the elements and have to bear the brunt of winter unprotected. So then, how is it that trees can survive the harsh climate of winter? Do they have a secret?
Having beautiful big trees in your garden is both a privilege and a responsibility. Large old trees can provide shade for your home, increase the value of your property and enhance your landscaping but they can also be a potential hazard. Extreme weather conditions, violent storms, and strong winds can blow trees over or send branches crashing through windows and onto roofs or cars, and somebody has to take responsibility for those damages. And these damages can oftentimes cost far more than having tree removal completed.
The weather in Canada can be extremely harsh and unforgiving, as a gardener, you need to have a fall tree care plan if you want your trees to get through the winter unscathed. Tree pruning service is an important part of your fall tree care and can help your trees make it through the harsh winter.