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Although hardwood trees are among the hardiest in the world, there is one arch nemesis that can shake them down to the roots. No, it’s not earth moving equipment or chainsaws. These widely feared foes are just four centimeters long but they’ve been working in mass since at least the 1990s to destroy North America’s trees. Yes, we’re talking about Asian Long-Horned Beetles and they can take out mature trees in as little as a single season. As such, their control must be an integral part of estate tree care throughout Canada.

The wood-boring masters of hardwood destruction are natives of the Korean Peninsula and China. Visually, they’re striking. The species typically features jet-black, slender bodies and long antennae that sport white as well as blue accents. The accents include white bands on the antennae and ladybug-like spots on their backsides. The blue hues tend to be primarily present on their legs. They don’t always look like that though.

They start out as off-white eggs, progressing to the larva and pupa stages before emerging as mature beetles. Incidentally, this is the time of year when the adults generally begin chewing away the surface layers of Canada’s hardwoods before laying their eggs inside of the resulting holes. The eggs are typically very small, a mere seven millimeters in length. So often times the only way untrained eyes know they’re there is the presence of sap, frass and missing sections of bark.

In about two weeks, the larvae emerge and begin eating away at the tree. They eventually pupate in the trees’ inner recesses and chew their way back out once they’ve reached adult status. The adults, by the way, like to nibble on the trees’ tender branches and spring or summer foliage. That’s partially why they are able to decimate an estate’s tree population so rapidly.

Estate tree care used to prevent, address and restore damaged areas varies based on the situation at hand. To learn more about what estate tree care experts are doing in regards to Asian Long-Horned Beetle invasions, please contact us.

There is no doubt that Ontario residents take tree preservation matters seriously. Proof is readily available, from the provincial Forestry Act and local ordinances to national headlines going back years. So how do everyday Canadians manage to stay on the lawful side of Ontario's shade trees? Many do their due diligence and request Tree Preservation Reports from area experts.

Tree Preservation Reports may be used by individuals and businesses alike. They are designed to assess the community value, overall health and environmental benefits of a property’s tree population. In addition, Tree Preservation Reports provide location data that is beneficial to commercial developers, businesses and homeowners hoping to alter their properties in one form or another.

For example, Tree Preservation Reports may discuss the location of a tree’s root system and the presence of indigenous insect activity. They may also touch upon a property’s fungi infestation risk, soil amendment needs, disease control measures, structural reinforcement and pruning needs. As such, property owners may use that information to head off potential problems like root damage, Asian Longhorn Beetle invasions and other tree stressors.

At Advanced Tree Care, our Tree Preservation Reports are generated by a team of skilled professionals. Our collective accomplishments include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ISA Certified Arborist Designation
  • ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor
  • Ontario College of Trades Qualified Arborist
  • ISA Certified Tree Worker
  • MNR Accredited Butternut Health Assessor
  • Auto CAD Trained

Consequently, we can assist residential and commercial property owners with all of their tree preservation, consulting and care services needs. That includes hazard tree assessments and permit applications. Permit application assistance is exceptionally important these days as it may help Canadians sidestep potential litigation. To learn more about Tree Preservation Reports and how they may benefit Ontario property owners, please contact us at Advanced Tree Care today.

When we look at a tree, most of us assume that the material that makes up its great bulk comes from out of the ground. However, trees only draw water and small quantities of minerals from the ground. The rest of their bulk is taken right out of thin air. You could say they dine on the carbon dioxide in the air and wash it down (up?) with water from the ground.

Wood is mostly cellulose which is composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. The carbon comes from carbon dioxide. Through the process of photosynthesis, the tree with the help of sunlight, splits the carbon dioxide molecule apart into carbon and oxygen. It releases the oxygen into the air and uses the carbon to form cellulose. The hydrogen and oxygen components of cellulose comes from water.

It does seem improbable that a large tree weighing thousands of pounds gets all of that bulk from nothing but air and water. However, when you think about it a bit, you realize that those thousands of pounds of wood above the ground could not have come from the ground (other than the water) because it would have left a hole in the ground where the thousands of pounds of soil would have come from.

The amount of the tree's mass that comes from the air is roughly 50%. The other 50% comes out of the ground as water. If you think about it, even the water that is taken from the ground ultimately comes from the atmosphere as rain. So in that sense, all of the tree's bulk except for the minuscule mineral amounts, come from the air.

If you burn a tree in a very hot incinerator, most of that bulk is released back into the air as carbon (bound with oxygen as carbon dioxide) and water vapor, and you are left with just a small amount of ash. In addition, the extra heat you get from the burning wood is the very same sun energy that was used to split the carbon dioxide apart years ago during the tree's photosynthesis.

If you have any questions or require our arborist consulting services, please contact us.

The Canadian Real Estate Association has noted recent increases in national home sales and average sale prices which leaves our team to ask, “Could it be the trees?” Over the years, studies have shown that many Canadians prefer single-family homes, rentals and public areas that are full of mature trees to the point that they’d be willing to pay more for them. The most recent data on the topic was released in June 2014.

Published in the business section of CBC News, it indicated that trees offer property owners substantial returns on their investments. Plus, it made clear that having a lot of mature trees around one’s property does wonders for the environment too. Of course that’s providing the property’s trees are in excellent condition and maintained using eco-friendly products. How can property owners best convey that information to others?

One way to ensure potential buyers and renters that a property’s trees are healthy is to invest in an Arborist Report. Arborist Reports may be included in comprehensive tree services provided by our firm, Advanced Tree Care. The detail-rich reports provide timely snapshots of each tree’s history and information on how they should be maintained going forward for optimal health.

In general, all trees may benefit from our firm’s TreEcology Programs which include, but are not limited to seasonal inspections, organically sourced fertilizers, anti-desiccant foliage spray, environmentally friendly pest control products and cruelty-free, animal control measures. Information about the programs will be included in the Arborist Report. Consequently, property owners will have concrete, indisputable proof to show potential renters or buyers.

In addition, Arborist Reports may help property owners that are looking to expand their rental options too. Why? They may be combined with land development and Private Tree-By-Law compliance efforts too. To find out more about these services and receive an initial Arborist Report, please contact Advance Tree Care today.

When we look at a tree, most of us assume that the material that makes up its great bulk comes from out of the ground. However, trees only draw water and small quantities of minerals from the ground. The rest of their bulk is taken right out of thin air. You could say they dine on the carbon dioxide in the air and wash it down (up?) with water from the ground.

Wood is mostly cellulose which is composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. The carbon comes from carbon dioxide. Through the process of photosynthesis, the tree with the help of sunlight, splits the carbon dioxide molecule apart into carbon and oxygen. It releases the oxygen into the air and uses the carbon to form cellulose. The hydrogen and oxygen components of cellulose comes from water.

It does seem improbable that a large tree weighing thousands of pounds gets all of that bulk from nothing but air and water. However, when you think about it a bit, you realize that those thousands of pounds of wood above the ground could not have come from the ground (other than the water) because it would have left a hole in the ground where the thousands of pounds of soil would have come from.

The amount of the tree's mass that comes from the air is roughly 50%. The other 50% comes out of the ground as water. If you think about it, even the water that is taken from the ground ultimately comes from the atmosphere as rain. So in that sense, all of the tree's bulk except for the minuscule mineral amounts, come from the air.

If you burn a tree in a very hot incinerator, most of that bulk is released back into the air as carbon (bound with oxygen as carbon dioxide) and water vapor, and you are left with just a small amount of ash. In addition, the extra heat you get from the burning wood is the very same sun energy that was used to split the carbon dioxide apart years ago during the tree's photosynthesis.

If you have any questions or require our arborist consulting services, please contact us.

Most properties can enjoy a substantial appearance upgrade with the addition of trees. However, it is not wise to jump too quickly into the process of planting trees on your property as improperly planting them can lead to a variety of problems that are better to avoid in the first place.

To enjoy simple tree care in Richmond Hill and avoid unnecessary problems, you should consider the tips below.

Away from Driveways, Pathways, or Sidewalks

When you plant a tree, you need to understand that the roots will expand quite significantly. It is vital to give your trees more than enough room to grow without causing problems to driveways or sidewalks.

Avoid Damage to Infrastructure

Just as it is crucial to not plant trees in a manner that will eventually lead to property damage, you want exercise the same level of caution to avoid causing damage to the property’s infrastructure. Avoiding tree root contact with underground water, gas, or sewer lines is essential and should be a top priority.

Do Not Plant Close to Home

With how much trees can grow, not only can roots cause problems to the foundation of your home, but the trees could grow tall enough to extend tree branches over your roofing. Since this is a major hazard, you might have to remove the tree completely to eliminate the risk. It is best to do a thorough analysis of the tree species you want to plant to determine how much space you need to give your trees to grow.

Most issues can be prevented with careful planning and execution.

If you would like professional assistance with planting new trees, feel free to contact us.

There is nothing that will improve the curb appeal of your property like beautifully planted and shaped trees.

Curb appeal isn't reserved for residential property. A majestic Black Maple, Douglas Fir or Eastern Red Cedar improve the aesthetics of commercial real estate as well.  They also soften and enhance the architecture of commercial property.  

In order to maintain the health and beauty of trees requires knowledgable and professional care. Improper pruning can cause serious harm to even the hardiest, mature tree. Trees are an investment, and investments must be cared for by professionals.  

 International Society of Arboriculture confirms that trees are a benefit for commercial real estate owners and property managers, a major component of owning or managing commercial real estate and properties is maintaining and improving property value

While location of a business is critical, the exterior of a commercial property can significantly impact the value of the property.

Having healthy landscaping and mature, well maintained trees improve  commercial property values. Proper tree pruning is a major component to the value equation. 

Arbor Day Foundation confirms why trees add value:

  • Potential retail or professionals tenants are more likely to sign long-term lease agreements because of the attractive, pleasing aesthetic of the surrounding exterior.
  • Professionals understand that clients are  more likely to frequent their establishments if their business has well-maintained grounds. It speaks of success. 
  • Office buildings and retail commercial sites with unkempt grounds are more likely to have vacant lease sites for long periods of time.
  • Commercial owners and property managers get more value from the  community when they offer well designed and maintained landscapes. 

Healthy, well cared for trees show the management cares about their environment and their property. Owners looking to sell existing holdings know their real estate will command  a higher price in a shorter amount of time.

For professional advice about your trees and pruning, contact us so we can discuss how our services can help you. 

Managing an estate requires skills and expert knowledge in a wide range of areas. Professionals with the knowledge, skills, and equipment are necessary to handle your estate's tree care.

Trees provide many benefits to an estate. Trees create a beautiful environment, provide shade, and homes for birds. They provide color in the fall and the gorgeous sight of branches against the sky in the winter. Trees, also, increase the monetary value of an estate. 

The care of trees is quite specialized, though. Maintenance for tree preservation requires a variety of activities. In order to be successful, each activity uses specialized equipment and knowledge. Pruning a tree, for example, necessitates keeping a balance by reshaping and removing only a safe percentage of branches. Bracing a tree or a branch may be needed. Trees need to be fertilized. Done improperly, these same activities can damage or kill trees. This can create an unsafe and unattractive environment.

Sometimes, trees must be removed. Knowledge in knowing what to do, the skill to do it, and the correct equipment are absolutely required for safety and success. This is beyond the scope of property managers or grounds keepers.                  

All of this is very specialized knowledge. At Advanced Tree Care, we have been caring for Ontario's trees for over 20 years. Estate management requires wearing many hats, but we can consult with you and create a tree management plan that will enable you to have complete confidence in the health and safety of your trees. Please, contact us with any questions or to ask us to wear your tree expert hat.

Large trees are occasionally a headache. They drop branches at the most inopportune times (often in the most inopportune areas), require sometimes costly work to keep them in good health, and require cleanup not just during the fall months, but even in spring and summer. Yet large trees continue to hold a special place in the hearts of tree lovers, and for those who long to have them (and have room for them) there are many trees considered a cut above the rest. Below are five of them.

1. The Red Maple. The Red Maple grows fast, and as such, quickly provides the shade that many homeowners love for backyard areas. It is easy to move, tolerant of various weather, and will grow almost anywhere. Since it ends up at 40-70 feet, it provides a lot of shade. Its location requires planning, however, due to its large size.

2. The Yellow Poplar or Tulip Tree. The Tulip Tree's beauty alone serves as an advertisement for planting it. It also grows very fast, and is highly resistant to both disease and pests. However, it needs the right spot, since it ends up between 70-90 feet tall.

3. White and Red Oak Trees. These trees have been popular for centuries, due to their handsome appearance and hardiness. Since oaks grow slowly, their location is less of an issue initially, but still requires consideration some time down the road.

4. The Sycamore Tree. Sycamores are not especially particular about their planting site. In addition, they grow easily and even transplant easily. However, they are huge (70-100 feet tall), and an average sized yard can contain only one. In addition, they suffer from susceptibility to rot and may cause damage. Professional tree care is essential to keep this giant in optimal health.

5. The River Birch. The river birch likes wet sites, but can tolerate drier ones and even has a modest ability to cope with drought. It also tolerates heat well and is a colorful backyard specimen.

Large trees come with their own set of requirements for proper care but when professionally pruned and cared for, provide numerous benefits, including shaded backyards, beautiful views, and excellent home selling points. For more information on how to care for your large backyard trees, contact us.

When it's time to plant a tree, most people want one that will be around for years to come, without messy cleanups or potentially catastrophic damage to homes or outdoor setups. Therefore, picking the right tree for the space you have is essential. The following five are some of the best species to plant for those interested in small trees.

1. Amur Maple. This tree forms into either a bush or a small tree. Since it grows only 20-30 feet, it is suitable for areas prohibiting larger specimens (such as near power lines). The Amur Maple grows quickly, and is resistant to most pests and diseases. It also does well even in shaded areas. One important thing to keep mind is that it requires pruning at its beginning stages, to help achieve the right form.

2. Crab Apple. Not only is the crab apple Canada's favorite tree, it is also easy to grow. There are no soil requirements, its transplants well, it only grows to 20 feet and it is beautiful throughout all seasons. The only thing to keep in mind is that crab apples prefer sunny areas.

3. Eastern Redbud. This very pretty tree grows to less than 30 feet, and is a real eye catcher. It does, however, require some special care. Redbuds do not cope well with drought and require watering during dry periods. They also need pruning early in life to avoid weak areas.

4. Flowering Dogwood. The dogwood also has very pretty flowers, attracts many bird species, and only grows to a height of 25 feet. However, it is susceptible to pest damage if injured by mowers and weed trimmers.

5. The Golden Raintree. While a little larger than the other specimens, reaching a maximal height of 30-40 feet, the Golden Raintree has many benefits. It is highly pest resistant, tolerates many soil types, copes well with drought and even removes heavy metals from the soil around it. While considered invasive in parts of the United States, climate conditions in Canada prevent it from reseeding.

All five of these beautiful small trees can add value to a property, especially when properly cared for with tree care consulting. For more information on the best ways to care for your small trees, contact us.