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Trees are valuable for so many reasons. They produce oxygen and provide homes for wildlife. Mature trees increase property values by as much as 19%, and they can lower air-conditioning costs by shading the home. Kids love to climb them, and most everyone is touched by their beauty.

Tree pruning plays an important role in ensuring that young trees mature and that mature trees remain healthy. 

Why Prune?

While pruning is important to healthy trees, each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree. Therefore pruning should be undertaken with utmost care. Here are three main reasons to prune your trees.

Personal Safety – Storms can crack or break branches and limbs, and even healthy trees have dead branches. Pruning removes these dangers, before they fall and cause harm to people, animals or property. 

Enhanced Beauty – Pruning can improve the shape and appearance of a tree. While it's fine for homeowners to trim a few wayward branches, it's best to call a professional arborist for a large job. Poor pruning can risk the life of a tree, by removing too many limbs and branches or through other mistakes. 

Trees' Health--Trees can develop diseases. When problems are detected early, pruning the sick branches and limbs can save many trees. Pruning is also important for increased airflow, which benefits the tree. Crossed branches that are rubbing together can wound the tree and should be removed.

Best Time to Prune

If you notice that a tree is sickly or has limbs or branches that are in danger of falling, call for help immediately. Routine shaping is best done in late winter, before strong spring growth. 

To learn more about caring for your trees, including pruning, please Contact Us

It can be tricky to get the right kind of trees, not to mention getting them to thrive, in an area like Ontario, Canada. Here are some tips to help you out.

Location

If you live in Northwestern Ontario, such as in the vicinity of Kenora, there are a number of great trees that thrive in this region if you’re looking to keep your property looking nice. Here are some examples.

  • Balsalm Fir
  • Balsam Poplar
  • Black Spruce
  • Jack Pine
  • Pin Cherry
  • Serviceberries
  • White Spruce
  • Tamarack
  • Trembling Aspen

Those who live in Northeastern or other parts of Ontario, such as near the Cochrane region, can pick trees like American Elm, Chockcherry, Red Pine, White Birch, Showy Mountain Ash or Eastern White Cedar.

Timing Your Plant

The best time to plant trees is when they are dormant. This helps you make sure that they will have a good strong growth in the beginning, and that they will survive well thereafter. You should look for weather forecasts in your region to see when the frost is going to break. Different parts of Ontario, such as those further south might break their frosts before the colder northern regions, for example.

Instructions

Another important thing that many people often forget is that if you purchase a tree from a sapling, it will likely come with instructions. But even if you are maintaining trees that were already there, there are a lot of species specific instructions available online usually which you can follow to make sure the trees stay healthy.

Tree Services

Once a tree is planted, or else if you need to care for trees that are already on a property, the important thing at that point is to make sure you properly care for the tree. If you can’t do this yourself, one effective way is to go with tree care consulting services.

That way, you won’t need to look up anything extra and you can just leave it to the professionals. For example you could contact us if you have any questions.

One of the responsibilities of being a property manager is to maintain beautiful lawns and healthy trees. An insect infestation can quickly cause considerable damage to the trees on the property you manage. If you have a pest infestation, a tree care Richmond Hill professional has the expertise to save your trees. Below you’ll discover how to identify some of the most common tree pests in Ontario.

Gypsy Moths – These brown or black juvenile caterpillars are only ¼ of an inch long and as they mature, they’ll measure around 2 ½ inches long. Upon close inspection, you’ll see bumps covering their back and stiff hairs. They have blue dots on the front portion of their body and red dots extend to their back end. These pests prefer hardwoods including maple, elm and oak trees; however, if you have an abundance of these pests on your property, you’ll see them in all your trees and shrubs.

Eastern Tent Caterpillars –If these insects are on your property, you’ll first notice silk nests in the limbs of your crab apple, wild cherry or pear trees. These hairy larvae have a black and white line along their back. Their sides are yellow and brown striped with blue oval spots. Once these caterpillars infest your trees, the leaves will soon be gone.

Asian Long Horned Beetle – When mature, these large beetles will be 1 to 1 ½ inches in length. These black insects have a long antennae and they appear shiny. They’re easy to identify because of the white specks on their body. These insects have wings, but they don’t fly very far. They prefer maples, but they won’t turn down poplars, elms or willow trees. These pests burrow into the wood, which compromises the structure of the tree.

At the first sign of pests attacking your trees, contact us at Advanced Tree Care for a professional assessment and treatment plan.

А trее sеrvісе соmраnу іs а busіnеss thаt mаnаgеs smаllеr lаndsсареs thаn fоrеsts аnd оftеn dеаls wіth іndіvіduаl trееs оr smаll trее grоvеs. A arbоrіst wоrk fоr соmраnіеs соmmоnlу rеfеrrеd tо аs trее ехреrts, trее саrе sеrvісеs, аrbоrісulturаl sеrvісеs аnd trее sресіаlіsts.

А рrоfеssіоnаl оn stаff shоuld bе соnsіdеrеd whеn hіrіng а trее sеrvісе but уеаrs оf ехреrіеnсе shоuld bе tоо. Lооk аt thе соmраnу еmрlоуее's lеvеl оf trаіnіng. Іt іs а рlus іf thеу hіrе реrsоnnеl wіth dеgrееs іn еіthеr аrbоrісulturе, urbаn fоrеstrу, fоrеstrу оr hоrtісulturе. Аsk аbоut thеіr mеmbеrshір іn рrоfеssіоnаl оrgаnіzаtіоns іnсludіng thе Іntеrnаtіоnаl Ѕосіеtу оf Аrbоrісulturе and the Тrее Саrе Іndustrу Аssосіаtіоn. Тhеsе оrgаnіzаtіоns рrоvіdе соntіnuеd trаіnіng usіng thе mоst сurrеnt tесhnіquеs аnd іnfоrmаtіоn.

Тrее sеrvісе соmраnіеs уоu соnsіdеrеd shоuld bе сеrtіfіеd bу аn ІЅА сеrtіfісаtіоn, thrоugh stаtе сеrtіfісаtіоn оr lісеnsіng bоаrd. Тhе рrосеss оf lісеnsіng аnd сеrtіfісаtіоn dеmоnstrаtеs а wіllіngnеss tо fоllоw thе tеnеts оf thе trаdе аnd mаіntаіn рrоfеssіоnаl соmреtеnсу аs dеtеrmіnеd bу оthеr сеrtіfіеd оr stаtе-lісеnsеd рrоfеssіоnаls whо hаvе аlsо mеt thе sаmе сеrtіfуіng rеquіrеmеnts.

Тrее sеrvісе соmраnіеs wоrk іn аrеаs whеrе рrореrtу dаmаgе саn rеsult frоm thеіr wоrk. Тhеsе соmраnіеs shоuld рrоvіdе уоu wіth рrооf оf реrsоnаl аnd рrореrtу dаmаgе іnsurаnсе рlus рrоvіdе wоrkеr's соmреnsаtіоn іnsurаnсе tо thеіr сrеws.

Тhеrе аrе nесеssаrу реrmіts аnd lісеnsеs thаt sоmе lосаl, stаtе аnd fеdеrаl gоvеrnmеnt аgеnсіеs rеquіrе trее sеrvісе соntrасtоrs tо аррlу fоr bеfоrе dоіng сеrtаіn јоbs. Маkе surе уоur соntrасtоr соmрlіеs wіth аnу lосаl, stаtе, рrоvіnсіаl, оr nаtіоnаl lаws.

Gооd thіng wе fаll undеr аll оf thеsе quаlіfісаtіоns, plus 18 уеаrs оf ехреrіеnсе аs аrbоrіst соnsultаnts.Соntасt us іf уоu nееd hеlр mаnаgіng unrulу trееs аnd fоlіаgе.

Ѕресіаlіsts іn thе саrе аnd mаіntеnаnсе оf trееs, аrbоrіsts рrоvіdе а vаrіеtу оf sеrvісеs, іnсludіng рlаntіng trееs, рrunіng, реst rеmоvаl, аnd еvаluаtіng trее-rеlаtеd іnsurаnсе сlаіms. Аrbоrіsts mау аlsо bе саllеd tо tеstіfу іn соurt, рrоvіdе еnvіrоnmеntаl іmрасt аssеssmеnts, аnd реrfоrm еduсаtіоn funсtіоns. Тhе rаngе оf sеrvісеs оffеrеd bу аrbоrіsts rеquіrеs а rаngе оf tооls аnd еquірmеnt. Асquаіntіng уоursеlf wіth аn аrbоrіsts' tооls, уоu wіll bе аblе tо аssеss thе nесеssаrу nееds rеquіrеd tо mаnаgе уоur рrореrtу's fоlіаgе.

Safe Сlіmbіng Еquірmеnt: Аs раrt оf thеіr wоrk, аrbоrіsts mау nееd tо сlіmb іntо а trее tо реrfоrm аn еvаluаtіоn оf dаmаgе, аssеss dіsеаsе, оr rеmоvе а lіmb. Аs suсh, thеу rеquіrе thе аррrорrіаtе сlіmbіng gеаr tо аsсеnd thе trее sаfеlу. Тhе bаsіс еquірmеnt usеd fоr trее сlіmbіng, ассоrdіng tо Тrее Сlіmbеrs Іntеrnаtіоnаl, іnсludеs а rоре, а hаrnеss, а sаfеtу hеlmеt (suсh аs а rосk сlіmbіng hеlmеt), thrоw lіnеs аnd bаgs, аnd саrаbіnеrs (а tуре оf mеtаl sаfеtу lоор wіth а sсrеw оr sрrіng-lоаdеd sесtіоn tо hооk lооsе іtеms оr lосk іntо а rоре sуstеm). Аrbоrіsts аttасh thе thrоw bаgs tо thе thrоw lіnе, аnd thrоw thеm оvеr hіgh brаnсhеs tо gеt rореs іn рlасе tо сlіmb sаfеlу.

Tree Рrunіng аnd Тrіmmіng Тооls: Рrunіng аnd trіmmіng trееs, еsресіаllу аt grеаt hеіghts, саlls fоr sеvеrаl ріесеs оf еquірmеnt. Fоr sіmрlе, grоund lеvеl рrunіng оf smаll brаnсhеs, аrbоrіsts еmрlоу а раіr оf hаnd-hеld рrunіng shеаrs. Ассоrdіng tо Νеw Мехісо Ѕtаtе Unіvеrsіtу, brаnсhеs ехсееdіng 1 1/2 іnсhеs rеquіrе thе usе оf lорреr shеаrs, whісh rеsеmblе рrunіng shеаrs wіth lоngеr hаndlеs fоr ехtrа lеvеrаgе. Вrаnсhеs lаrgеr thаn 3 іnсhеs іn dіаmеtеr gеt сut wіth еіthеr а сhаіnsаw оr рrunіng sаw. Whеn uр іn thе trее, аrbоrіsts mау usе а роlе рrunеr tо rеасh brаnсhеs аt а dіstаnсе. Роlе рrunеrs соmbіnе lорреr shеаrs wіth а рrunіng sаw оn а shаft thаt саn ехtеnd. То рrоtесt thе еуеs аnd thе hеаd, аrbоrіsts usе sаfеtу glаssеs/gоgglеs аnd а sаfеtу hеlmеt.

Dіаgnоstіс and Assement Тооls: Аrbоrіsts must аlsо hаvе а sеt оf dіаgnоstіс tооls аvаіlаblе tо thеm tо еvаluаtе аnd dіаgnоsе dаmаgеd оr dіsеаsе-strісkеn trееs. Тhе bаsіс, lосk-blаdе росkеt knіfе аs аn еssеntіаl dіаgnоstіс tооl fоr thе rеmоvаl оf lооsе bаrk. А sіmрlе shоvеl рrоvіdеs а lоw-соst mеаns fоr rеmоvіng sоіl tо ехаmіnе rооt struсturе аnd sоіl quаlіtу. Моrе sорhіstісаtеd tооls іn аn аrbоrіst's tооl sеt mіght іnсludе а sоіl реnеtrоmеtеr, рН mеtеr, dіgіtаl саmеrа, аnd аn іnсrеmеnt bоrеr.

Contact us if you need a professional arborist consultant to manage your tree care. 

A June 9th article in the Toronto Star reported that the city's trees provide residents with over $80 million in environmental benefits and savings annually, citing research by TD Bank economists.

For every dollar spent on annual maintenance, Toronto's urban forest returns anywhere from $1.35 to $3.20 worth of benefits and cost savings each year. "The cost savings produced by our urban forests make it clear that keeping the green on our streets, keeps the green in our wallets," senior economist Craig Alexander and economist Connor McDonald wrote in the report.

Withing the city limits alone there are over 10 million trees representing 116 different species. The tree cover absorbs over 25 million cubic meters of precipitation and removes about 25% of auto and industrial emissions from the air each year. Equally impressive are the intangible benefits that vibrant trees bring to the quality of life in Ontario.

The article makes a persuasive case for professional tree care catering to private and commercial properties as well as justifying public money spent on common spaces. Other studies have arrived at similar conclusions. According to a major US university, healthy, well-tended trees can increase property values by as much as 27%. Trees suffering from visible weather damage or disease can in turn lower perceived and real value.

Ongoing property management tree care can safeguard investments and help prepare for the type of weather catastrophe that played out in early January. A climatologist for Environment Canada held that the damage done to Ontario's trees by winter weather was the worst in 170 years of record keeping. Whether climate or pests are the threat, with a tree management plan in place damage and recovery times can be kept to a minimum. Contact us for a consultation.

As we reach the six month mark of the ice-storm clean up you may have some concerns about your trees as the new growing season may have uncovered some issues. Like many homeowners you may have adopted a wait and see approach for trees on your property after initial clean up was done. Now you are faced with the decision of trying to save the tree or remove it. Here are three factors to weigh when making that decision.

  1. Stripped of Branches. If the tree is missing too many branches and resembles a toothpick it may need to be removed. Trees need healthy branching and leaves to get the proper nourishment.
  2. Too Much Off the Top. The top leafy part of the tree referred to as the crown is vital to a tree’s ability to survive. If too much of the crown is missing the tree won’t likely be able to grow enough new branches and leaves to get the required nourishment to live.
  3. Trunk Splits. An unstable inner core or structural problems in branching can cause a trunk to split. This disrupts the circulatory system between roots and leaves. Trees cannot survive in this case.

There are some things you can do to give your trees the best chance to bounce back such as making sure the roots of the tree are well watered, aerating around the tree, and using mulch to retain moisture. Trees can be very resilient and with proper care most will survive and thrive despite damage caused by the storm. This is especially true of young trees.

If you still aren’t sure about what to do or how to do it, contact us for professional and expert arborist consulting. Our Consulting Arborists can provide you with a detailed management plan for your trees and budget.

The Belle River Horticultural Society in Ontario has some guidelines as to when you should do your tree pruning. This depends on why you want to do the pruning.

If you want to remove dead wood, a little light pruning can be done at any time. Otherwise it is usually best to prune your trees in the winter if you want to encourage a burst of growth when spring arrives. It is best to wait until the coldest parts of the season have passed, sat February or March depending on which latitude your tree is located. This is done so that pruning takes place before trees start to bloom and are still dormant but after cold damage can damage the trees around the cuts.

Some flowering trees should wait for pruning until after flowering. The rule of thumb is The rule of thumb is for trees that bloom in the spring, prune after the flowers fade. For trees that bloom in late summer, prune in winter or early spring.

Summer pruning is sometimes done when your purpose is to direct or reduce the growth of your tree. This is particularly useful in stopping the growth of branches. Pruning in the summer cuts down on the amount of leaves, thus reducing the flow of nutrients to the tree roots. Summer pruning is also great for removing defective limbs or limbs that hang down too low. The pruning should take place after the seasonal growth period has completed.

You should avoid pruning your trees if at all possible during the fall. This is because decay fungi spread their spores profusely in the fall and healing of wounds seems to be slower as a result.

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When you hire a tree care specialist, you don't just get a business exchange. You get an arborist who truly cares about you, your yard, and your trees.

Many people are hesitant to hand over their yard and tree work to professionals, fearing that these professionals will do their job sloppily to earn their money as quickly as possible. But that could not be further from the truth when it comes to tree care specialists. They will make it their personal challenge to keep your trees happy, healthy and growing.

The Tree Doctor

Think about the arborist as a physician. Because taking care of trees is about more than just chopping off some branches every now and then to keep their growth in check. Like humans, trees need regular checkups to ensure that they are not infected or endangered. Failing soil or pests are a constant danger to trees, and arborists make it their responsibility to keep these dangers away from your yard and vegetation. Your arborist will also know the best time to prune your trees and keep them healthy.

The Tree Nutritionist

Especially in winter, your trees may simply not get enough nutrients to be healthy come spring. Especially younger trees often dry out, and tree care specialists will know when and how to water them during that crucial time. They will also help you with the best methods of mulching around the trees, a crucial fertilizing method that keeps the soil healthy and nutritious.

Advanced Tree Care specialists have over 23 years of experience in taking care of trees, making sure that they will remain happy, healthy and growing in your yard for years. Contact us if you are ready to give your trees into good hands.

If you're looking into professional tree care, chances are you are considering the price. And let's be honest, paying for professional tree care can be a significant investment. But that's exactly the way you should look at it, as an investment instead of an expense. Because tree care brings with it significant benefits around your property that are difficult to ignore.

1) Keeping Your House Safe

When unkept, trees can grow large and eventually threaten the integrity of your house. During unexpected storms, tree branches or even entire trees could fall into your roof and cause significant damage that won't be easy or cheap to repair. Keeping your trees healthy and trimmed means you won't have to worry about any of those dangers.

2) Less Yard Work

As a home owner, chances are you've considered the first point and may think about saving some money by doing the work yourself. While that's certainly possible, it will require a significant amount of planning and work as well as danger, depending on the size of the tree. The safer option is to invest into a professional tree care service, whose experience and skill will ensure that your property is safe and the work gets done right. 

3) Less Pests and Diseases

Trees are a great asset to any property, providing shade, protection and a sense of nature. But unfortunately, they also attract pests ranging from beetles to moths that can infect and in some cases even kill the tree or some of its branches. These dead branches are much more likely to fall off, which brings us back to the first point. But even independently of that, keeping your tree healthy is a natural instinct for any homeowner caring about their yard.

Of course, there are many other benefits to professional tree care, and we'll be happy to discuss them with you. Contact us for a consultation on what your yard needs!