Gardens are beautiful peaceful spaces where you can relax after a long week at work. In the summer there is nothing better than having a couple of big shady trees to sit under, but trees don’t live forever and what do you do when your beautiful old tree dies? After a tree has fallen over or been cut down, you are typically left with a big unsightly stump in the middle of your yard that you need to get rid of.
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.
So you’ve finally got your garden in good shape: the decking has been installed, the flowers are beginning to bloom and those deck chairs couldn’t be more inviting. But while you’re trying to relax, does the sight of that ugly tree stump still irritate you? Would stump removal get a load off your mind and completely finish off the job? Well, you might not have needed to put it off so long – stump grinding and removal can be much more affordable than most people think. More importantly, that tree stump could be causing a lot more damage than you’re able to see. If you don’t get the experts to deal with it, you could soon regret it.
From a young age, we learn all about the seasons. We learn that come Fall, the brilliant green leaves on trees will change colour, wilt, and fall to the ground. In winter the trees are bare, protecting themselves from the elements, before blossoming in an extravagant show of health every spring. But what happens when your tree doesn’t act normally in springtime? It doesn’t take an experienced gardener to notice that something’s wrong with a naked, lifeless tree while flowers blossom in the garden all around it. Read on to find out whether or not that tree on your property’s in serious trouble, and if removal is the only option you have left.
The emerald ash borer (EAB) needs little introduction to Ontario residents. This infamous pest is one of the most notorious in the area and is thought to have been responsible for the death of millions of ash trees throughout Ontario. Originating from Asia, the destructive and dangerous pest is believed to have arrived in North America in 2002. While it brought terror to every ecosystem it infected for many years, recently it has been in the news for new reasons. The long battle to mitigate their impact has often been more failure than success, but now there’s a reason to believe that forest birds have a big role to play in controlling their numbers. For the first time, there’s genuine hope that a natural predator can help keep EAB numbers down.
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.
So the tree removal crew have done their job. They’ve chopped down the tree in the yard which was causing you problems, but you’re left with a sad reminder of what used to be there. Tree removal companies normally don’t have the proper equipment for tree stump removal. You’re going to have to think about the intrusive tree-base which has been left behind. Do you really want it to stay put, causing nuisance and attracting pests? We’ll talk you through the benefits of stump removal and stump grinding with Martin’s Trees.
Any sort of work with trees presents its own risks. Tree removal, in particular, is no small task. Every year tree-removal-gone-wrong claims the lives of both professionals and civilians. A significant percentage of tree removal service is urban, and this only complicates the work. It’s not quite as simple as hacking away at the base of a tree – knowledge of tree physics and tree biology is a must. Arborists are professionally qualified and have knowledge of advanced cutting techniques and harnessing methods. Thinking about trying it yourself? You may want to think again.
After habitat loss, invasive species are the second biggest threat to biodiversity around the world. Species become invasive when they move to a new area (normally as a result of human interaction) where their natural predators aren’t around to control their influence on the surroundings. The invasive species, usually animals, plants or disease, can reproduce quickly and damage the habitat, sometimes killing off native habitats completely. The emerald ash borer (EAB) became recognized as one of the most destructive invasive species when it killed millions of ash trees in Ontario. Sadly it isn’t the only one. There are plenty of other invasive species causing damage to tree species throughout Ontario and Canada. Here’s what you need to know about the EAB and others.
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.