Growing and Maintaining Healthy Trees

How to Keep Mature Trees on Your Property Safe and Healthy

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Mature trees on your property can make the space look more welcoming and relaxing, while also providing needed shade for your home and surrounding vegetation. Trees even clean the air around them, improving the environment overall. If you have mature trees on your property, note a few tips for keeping them safe and healthy so you know they will thrive for years to come. Avoid damage Mature trees may seem very hearty and strong, but they’re not indestructible. Read More»

When Your Trees Get All Sappy: How Aphids Feeding on Your Tree Make it Rain Honeydew

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If when the weather warms up in the coming spring and summer months your trees start raining on you, your car or your decking, your tree or trees could be infested with aphids. Despite their size, no more than 6mm in length, these tiny, slow-moving insects can secrete enough honeydew to leave your hair and clothes matted and sticky. Honeydew is what aphids produce (from their anus) after they have gorged themselves on tree sap. Read More»

The Art of Effective Pruning: Why it is Important that You Understand the Concept of Tree Pruning

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Pruning, when done right, can extend the life of a tree whilst improving its appearance. Pruning may also be necessary when a tree has become dangerous to a nearby building or is too large for the space it occupies. However, when too much of a tree’s foliage is pruned or it is pruned incorrectly, its lifespan may be shortened and it could become easy prey for pests and bacterial infections. A further and more serious risk is that overzealous pruning weakens a tree’s structure, leaving it defenceless against high winds. Read More»

Why Silver Maples are the Gold Standard when it Comes to Carpenter Ant Habitats

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Ants are renowned for their ability to exist symbiotically with nature. Ants protect and farm aphids and receive sweet honey-dew in return, ants also create their own fungus gardens, and they protect trees from leaf-eating pests. However, some ants, such as the carpenter ant, can be quite destructive when they take advantage of a nearby natural resource. Silver maples, while able to provide shade relatively quickly, growing 3-7 feet a year, are prone to having weak and brittle branches. Read More»

When Trees Become Scratching Posts: How to Prevent Cats From Carving Up Your Trees

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Like any animal with nails, cats need a trim every now and then. Dogs have owners to trim theirs; humans have nail clippers, and cats, well, they pretty much use whatever they can get their claws into! Unfortunately, tree bark is of just the right texture and grain to give cats the claw sharpening they need. But cats don’t just use trees as sharpening posts. They also use them to mark their territory, and, sadly, this is also done via claw. Read More»