In early January, the only tree on your mind may be a drying-out Christmas tree and how long you’ll hold out before taking it down. But the beginning of the year is the perfect time to think about your outdoor trees and how you’ll care… Read More »Your Tree Resolutions for 2022
Christmas trees have a distinctive shape — perfect for decorating with tree ornaments and lights, easy to turn into kindergarten craft projects. Unlike deciduous trees that lose their leaves in fall, the evergreens we use for holiday decorating — pines, spruces, firs and others —… Read More »How Christmas Trees Get Their Look
Armillaria mushrooms can be a sign of root rot Mushrooms on trees may seem like a normal part of the ecosystem, but unfortunately, most of the time they indicate a problem. In the spring, you may see clusters of small brown-capped mushrooms growing at the… Read More »Why Do I Have Mushrooms on My Trees?
Most gardeners know that using fertilizer in your garden is necessary, but do you know that natural fertilizer can benefit your trees as well? Since trees can keep growing with poor or no maintenance, homeowners often don’t realize there’s a benefit to fertilizing trees too.… Read More »Why Use Natural Fertilizer
Phytophthora Can Be Treated What is phytophthora root rot? Despite the tongue-twisting name, it’s a common issue in Ontario plants, but it can often go unnoticed. Phytophthora is a common disease in both landscape plants and crops in southern Ontario. Caused by an organism similar… Read More »Phytophthora Root Rot: What You Need to Know
It’s expected that branches may fall during a summer thunderstorm or wind storm, but what happens if a branch breaks during calm summer conditions? This is known as summer limb failure, and it can happen in warm and hot weather. What is this phenomenon, and… Read More »Summer Limb Failure: Why a Branch Fails in Summer Weather
Between wildfires, heat records and excess rainfall, climate change is a big topic this summer. What does climate change mean for your trees, and how can you conduct climate change-resistant tree care? Trees are a key part of our climate and ecosystem, so there are… Read More »Climate Change-Resistant Tree Care
Stump Grinding 101 So you’ve had a tree removed, or perhaps inherited a tree stump or several from a previous resident. Tree stump removal is an extra expense. Is it worth removing your stump? There are a few ways to get rid of a tree… Read More »Why Should I Bother With Tree Stump Removal?
Tiny Cedar Mites Can Cause Big Problems Though not actually spiders, spider mites on cedar trees can cause damage on your cedar, juniper and cypress plants. If you’re a gardener, you may already be familiar with garden mites that damage plants like tomatoes. Unfortunately, cedar… Read More »What Are Spider Mites Doing on My Cedar Trees?!
Is a neighbour’s tree affecting enjoyment of your property? How to handle it In the close quarters of many Toronto neighbourhoods, along with larger spaces in the city and in GTA suburbs, neighbourly disputes are common. Everything from garbage bins to lawn maintenance to loud… Read More »Difficult People: Problems With a Neighbours’ Tree