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.
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?
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.
The emerald ash borer has invaded Canada and it’s not going away anytime soon. This jade green jewel beetle is native to northeast Asia and since its arrival in North America in the 90’s,has been feasting on our local ash trees. In northeast Asia, the emerald ash borer doesn’t do significant damage to the indigenous trees but with no natural predators in Canada, this little bug is rapidly destroying our native ash forests.
You’ve heard the familiar rumblings of thunder and seen the cracks of lightning, the wind picks up and gray, menacing clouds are overhead. It might not be tornado territory, but you’re still prepared for a brutal storm. You can get everything else tidied away and prepared, hide away and wait for it to pass, but what about your gardens? More importantly, what about the trees? You can defend yourself but unfortunately, they have to face it head-on. Sometimes, it’s a battle they don’t win. Read on to find out what happens to trees damaged during a storm, how a professional tree pruning service can help, and why sometimes, the trees can’t be saved.
At some point, the majority of us will have to prune a tree on our property. Tree pruning is an essential activity to maintain the health, aesthetics, and structure of your tree. When done correctly, you can get rid of dead branches and promote healthy growth. Particularly if your tree is a fruit tree, then correct pruning will increase its potential yield and ensure it lives longer. That being said, get it wrong and you’ll inadvertently do more harm than good. We’ll talk you through the right and wrong ways to prune your tree, and why you might be better off using a professional tree pruning service.
Summer is a great month for gardeners. Finally, you can see all your hard work come to fruition as you sit under your large shady tree after a morning of gardening and admire your beautiful shrubs and flower beds. But what do you do if, while you are enjoying the shade of your tree, you look up and notice a couple of precarious branches that look as though they might blow off in a strong wind? It’s time for professional tree pruning services.
A long hot summer is wonderful for people, but it can have a negative effect on the healthy growth and development of young and newly planted trees, making proper watering and tree pruning essential. Older trees have deep roots that can reach the water far below the surface and find it easier to survive than young trees with a shallower and less developed root system.
When you plant a young tree, you can’t wait for it to grow and become a big tree, but that does not mean you should let your young or newly-planted trees grow wild. If you want to have beautiful big trees in your garden, you need to prune, trim and guide them when they are young so that they take on the right shape. If done properly, you won’t need to do a lot of corrective tree pruning when the tree is bigger and older.
There are many reasons to prune trees, like shape maintenance, removal of diseased branches, increased production and better flowering, and the timing really depends on the desired outcome. If your goal is to have a healthy, well-structured plant that looks great, flowers beautifully and lives a long, productive life, then the best time to prune and do general plant maintenance is during the late winter months when the plant is dormant.