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It may have always been the plan to build more apartments once enough money was made. But, when you are ready to get this project underway, it can be a little overwhelming. This is why you should rely on professional help in every way that you can, and an excellent example is with arborist consulting.

Getting Started Early Is Essential

Before you make concrete plans for constructing the building that will house a number of units, you should get an arborist involved as they will have valuable information regarding the addition of new trees. It is important for everything to happen as a complete plan to avoid any costly or time-consuming problems.

Pick the Most Fitting Trees

While you will always have the final say in what to do on your property, you should let an arborist guide you in selecting trees because things like sunlight hours and root growth patterns are crucial details. Picking trees that do not fit well with the space can lead to expensive rehabilitation and potential removal. Choosing the right trees from the beginning will avoid headaches and keep costs to a minimum.

Create a Plan for Success

For the expansion to be considered a complete success, everything must go as planned. Arborist consulting can provide you with a comprehensive plan that will lead to a collection of mature and healthy trees. This is exactly what you need when taking professionals photos for marketing the new units.

It is up to you whether you decide for an arborist to have full control of the plans regarding trees. If you have your own ideas, an arborist can add in the fine details and minor adjustments to make it all work.

Want to learn more about our consulting services? Contact us at any time.

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The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) is between 2 and 4 centimeters in length, and has a jet-black body with white spots. They have very long antennae with bands of black and white. This exotic looking beetle is responsible for infesting and killing thousands of trees, and has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwood trees in both Canada and the United States.

Because they are most active during summer and fall, now is a good time to check your trees for signs of ALB infestation. Both the beetles and their signs can be seen. If you believe any of your hardwood trees harbor these pests, contact your Aurora tree care specialist for help. Here are six signs to look for:

  • Chewed oval depressions in the bark. These are called oviposition pits, each of which host a single beetle egg. When Asian Longhorned Beetles have been very active on a tree, these oviposition pits give the bark a pocked appearance, which is most noticeable after the tree's foliage has fallen in the fall.
  • Perfectly round holes in the tree. These holes are pencil sized and serve as the exit holes for adult beetles after maturing from pupae within the tree.
  • Hollow bark. Larvae feeding within the tree's sapwood causes the bark to eventually separate from this layer. This produces a hollowed out area beneath the bark.
  • Sawdust buildup. This sawdust is actually the larvae's excrement (frass), which is found on branches or at the base of the tree. Absence of frass doesn't prove that your tree isn't infested because rain or wind can remove frass buildup.
  • Branch death. Extensive infestation results in branch death, which often starts at the tree top and progresses down the tree. Damage of this sort clearly indicates that something is wrong. Check for additional signs listed above.
  • Adult feeding. Adult beetles eat the leaves, leaf stems, and twigs.

If you spot ALB infestation or suspect its presence, we recommend prompt action to prevent its spread. Have an Aurora tree care specialist give the tree a complete inspection. Contact us at Advanced Tree Care for more information.

Competition for resources is normal in nature. Trees compete with each other for sunlight, while grass competes with trees for soil moisture and minerals. However, tree vines engage in a kind of cut-throat competition with trees for sunlight, moisture, and minerals. Thick vine growth weakens and may kill your trees, which is why you should make vine removal your top priority. However, poison ivy vines complicate the removal process because they are harmful to people. In fact, removing any type of vine growth often involves poison ivy removal as well.

Depending on your sensitivity, the effects of poison ivy can be minimal or cause severe allergic skin rashes. These rashes are caused by Urushiol, an invisible oily substance contained in poison ivy.

Removing this vine doesn't require physical removal from the tree. Instead, you should cut through (with pruning shears) all the vines around the trunk of the tree a few feet above the ground. This causes the vines above the cuts to die. They are left in place to decay and drop off. The vines below the cut must be completely removed including the roots. The mechanics of vine removal are simple enough. However, care is required to avoid getting poison ivy rash.

Avoiding Poison Ivy Exposure

The first step in avoiding a poison ivy rash is knowing how to identify it. You can't go by the shape of their leaves because some have a lobed profile while the profile of others is smooth. Poison ivy doesn't necessarily have an oily appearance either. However, the "leaves of three" rule of thumb is effective, even though there are other plant types with three-leaf clusters.

Always wear gloves, and long protective clothing. You should use a hat and goggles as well. Urushiol takes a long time to break down. This means that dead poison ivy vines and even the urushiol on your gloves can cause an allergic reaction months and even years after removing the vines. If you touch your face or other parts of your body with your gloves, a reaction may occur. Urushiol oil spreads around just like car grease. If you've worked on cars, you will know how easily car grease can get all over you.

You can remove urushiol oil from your skin by washing the affected area with soap, cool water, and a wash cloth. Use vigorous friction with the washcloth. This is important because washing using your hands alone will likely leave some of the urushiol behind. Repeat the washing process three times. Avoid hot water because this opens your pores, which speeds urushiol's penetration into your skin.

Alternatively, you can use rubbing alcohol and a cloth. Rubbing alcohol also works well for cleaning urushiol from your tools. Remember that your gloves are a source of urushiol exposure. Because of this, many people use disposable gloves. Finally, never burn poison ivy because breathing the smoke is harmful.

You have between 2 to 8 hours after contact to wash the urushiol oil from your skin before it causes a rash.

If you require help in removing poison ivy from your trees, use the services of a Richmond Hill tree care specialist. For tree care advice and information about our services, contact us today.

Managing a rental home is not so difficult because you only have to worry about a single tenant. But, an entire apartment complex can have so many people coming and going all throughout the day. It is only natural for the landscape to take extra wear and tear, especially when you allow dogs. So, if you are concerned about the trees enduring root damage, you should get annual tree preservation reports.

Make Landscape Changes if Necessary

If something must be changed, you will get recommendations for what should be done. The roots from other plants could be in the way of tree roots that want to continue growing outward. It might be the best solution to remove these plants, transplant them, or just let them be. If it is pets and tenants that are causing the most trouble with your trees, you could block the trees with thorny plants or thick shrubs.

Set New Rules for the Complex

It is important to create new rules for the community when it can put an end to the tree problem. Some trees have roots that are resilient and can handle some damage, but this is not the case with all trees. So, you may need to put up signs explaining the importance of staying off the greenery.

Keep Your Trees Healthy

A tree preservation report will tell you whether your tree has issues with pests, health, or location. Since mature trees can have such a major impact on the value of your rentals, you do not want them to get injured enough that they need to be removed or that they fall down on their own.

If you want to learn more about our preservation reports, contact us today.

All plants including trees require water. But care must be exercised not to give your trees too much of a good thing. The roots of trees take in oxygen within the soil. Excessive watering saturates the soil, displaces its oxygen, and causes the roots to slowly suffocate. To avoid this, water your trees so that their soil is moist rather than saturated.

A common mistake is watering based on the dryness of the surface soil. However, the surface always dries more quickly than deeper within the soil where the tree's roots reside. Therefore, you should check the moistness of the soil one to two inches below the surface. If it feels damp, then no watering is required. Allow this soil layer to dry before watering.

Signs of over Watering

  • Brittle green leaves. Green leaves that crumble in your hands are a sign that the roots aren't getting the oxygen they require. This happens to the tree's established leaves.
  • Yellow young leaves. The new leaves of an over watered tree have a yellow or very light green color. This problem usually starts on the inner lower branches. You will also notice a wilting of young shoots.
  • Fungus. Too much soil water is the ideal environment for fungal growth. When fungus takes hold, you will notice its growth on the surface soil and on the tree's roots. Mushroom and moss growth often occur on very wet soil and serve as an indicator. Too much watering also increases the risk of root rot, which is a fungal disease that make tree roots appear black or dark brown.

Avoid automated watering of your trees because simple timers don't take recent weather conditions into account. Instead, place your finger or water gauge 1 to 2 inches down in the soil. Only when it's dry, should you water the tree. Finally, ask your estate tree care expert for help with problems. For answers to your questions or concerns, please contact us at Advanced Tree Care.

Cutting down a mature tree isn't an easy decision because they don't grow overnight. Depending on their growth rate, they can take from 10 to 30 years to reach their full size. Cutting one down means losing its summer shade, fall colors, and perhaps an emotional connection to its simply being there for so many years. But if the tree poses a threat to your home or to the people near it, cutting it down may be your only option if other viable solutions don't exist. When should you consider tree cutting? Here are four signs to look for:

The Tree Is Leaning

A tree with a substantial lean is vulnerable to strong wind and ice storms, and probably should be removed. If a vertical tree develops a sudden lean, then its structural roots are damaged or weakened in some way. Heaving ground near the tree on the side opposite the lean is a sign of this. In this case, you should have it removed.

The Trunk Has Large Cavities

A tree can live with a hollowed out trunk or with large cavities because the living part that carries water and nutrients is just under its outer bark. However, it is structurally weak and is in danger of getting knocked down by a strong storm or a heavy loading of wet snow or ice. How much hollowness makes the tree dangerous? This depends on individual circumstances. If you want to be absolutely sure that removing the tree is your only option, consult an arborist.

There Is Rotting or Fungal Growth at the Tree's Base

Fungus eat by releasing enzymes that break down organic materials. Extensive fungal growth such as mushrooms growing at the base of your tree means that they are feeding off internal rot within. An arborist can determine the problem's extent and advise you on what to do.

The Tree Is in a Bad Location

A tree that overhangs your home can fall on it or drop large branches during adverse weather at any time of the year. Roof damage introduces water into your home and potential mold growth. Trees next to or underneath power lines can potentially damage the lines and cut off electricity. They can pose a serious safety hazard to anyone on or near the tree.

If you spot any of these problems, get the help of an experienced arborist who can determine whether removal is necessary. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to contact us.

Woodpeckers peck on trees to either feed on insects within, claim territory, or to excavate a hole for nesting. The damage created, especially when nesting is not only unsightly but provides avenues for pathogens to infect the tree. Here are four suggestions for preventing woodpecker damage to your tree without harming the animal:

  • Use visual deterrents. Attach shiny, light objects that flutter in the wind to the pecked area of the tree. These can be aluminum foil strips, aluminum pie plates, mylar, and other similar items. A helium balloon tethered to the tree so that the wind blows it about the pecking area will scare the bird away. Your hardware store may sell kits containing visual deterrents.
  • Use bird netting. If the tree isn't very large, cover it with bird netting. This completely blocks the birds from getting to the tree. To prevent them from entangling their feet in the netting, the openings should be no larger than 1/4 inch (0.64 centimeters) on a side.
  • Use a sound deterrent. Use a sound device that periodically plays a recording of distressed woodpeckers and woodpecker predator cries. This will scare them from the area. Sound devices are more expensive but will consistently scare the bird away. Wind chimes are also effective as both sound and visual deterrents.
  • Use a nest box. This provides a ready-made home for the woodpecker that's digging a hole for nesting, which causes the greatest damage of the three reasons for pecking. It's an inexpensive solution that gives the bird what it wants and saves your tree. If the bird is after insects inside the tree, then it has done the service of alerting you to a serious problem, which you will have to resolve while using one of the above suggestions to keep the bird away.

If you are having problems with tree damage, consult with a York Region arborist by contacting us at Advanced Tree Care.

Trees are natural air conditioners in the summer. Their leaves provide much-needed shade on a hot day, and cool the surrounding air through moisture evaporation. In the winter, they block cold winds and reduce wind chill. Through their proper placement on your property, both of these seasonal effects will reduce the energy costs of air conditioning and heating your home.

Summer

Deciduous trees, which drop their leaves in the fall, provide shade during the summer and allow sunlight through their bare limbs in the winter. Plant these trees on the east and west sides of your home to shade it while the sun is rising in the AM hours and dropping lower in the sky in the PM hours.

Because the sun is fairly high in the sky during the noonish hours, the branches of trees planted on the south side of your home would have to extend over your roof to provide shade. This is not recommended because strong winds and ice storms can knock branches on to your roof, while roots can cause trouble with sewer lines and your home's foundation. Space trees from your house at a distance that's the same or somewhat less than their mature heights.

Shading asphalt areas will prevent sunlight from heating their surfaces and the surrounding air. In addition, your air conditioning system will use less energy if its external unit is shaded. Make sure that foliage does not interfere with its operation.

Winter

Cold winter wind strips away heat from your home through the process of convection. You can reduce this by planting evergreen trees on the windward sides of your home to act as wind barriers. The direction of these winds can vary depending on local effects, but winds generally come from the north, northwest, and west. Choose evergreens with branches that go to the ground and space them so that their crowns meet after a few years of growth. Because the wind barrier effect extends ten to twenty times the trees' height, they need not be placed close to your house.

Finally, don't plant trees where their roots can affect underground infrastructure or your sidewalks, patio, and driveway. Avoid planting trees near power lines.

Get in touch with a Newmarket tree care arborist for answers to your questions about proper tree care. Please contact us at Advanced Tree Care.

That tree out your window looks a bit shaggy. Maybe there is a low-hanging branch obstructing your ability to enjoy your yard or get your car in the driveway. There could even be safety concerns with a tree growing near your home.

Regardless of the reason, you have decided it's time to prune your tree. So grab your extension ladder, your chain saw, and some shears, right?

Wrong.

Tree pruning is not a chore to cross off your "to-do" list at your earliest convenience. There is a purpose to tree pruning that borders on being an art form. 

At Advanced Tree Care, our certified arborists take great care to prune trees in a way that sets them up for long-term success, avoiding damaging practices such as:

  • "Topping"
  • Breaching the branch collar with pruning cuts
  • "Lion-tailing"

Topping

It cannot be stressed enough how damaging the practice of "topping" a tree is to the tree's health. Topping cuts encourage the growth of "water spouts", weak growth that is unsightly and prone to future breakage.

Breaching The Branch Collar

A tree's branch collar, a swelling of tissue where the branch is attached to the main stem, allows a tree to efficiently close pruning wounds. When this collar is breached with a cut flush against the stem, it leaves a tree at higher risk of cankers or diseases.

Lion-Tailing

This practice is removing secondary branches along primary branches, leaving the tree bare with the exception of branch ends. This is unhealthy for the tree and a sure sign that an arborist does not know what he or she is doing.

If you have some trees that need pruning or need advice on caring for your trees, contact us today. We'd love to help you maintain the health of your trees while beautifying your landscape and protecting your home.

Summers in Georgina, Aurora, Richmond Hill and Newmarket are extremely pleasant but they also signal one thing. Fall and winter can’t be far behind and with those two seasons comes the potential for an increase in landscape damage. Insect and disease related problems are just two things that may occur in the latter half of the year. Storm damage is another. The region tends to get blustery, cold and snowy rather quickly. So summer is really the time to consider obtaining tree peservation reports.

Drafted by certified arborists, tree preservation reports are like taking out insurance against end-of-year, landscaping damage because they identify problems before they can manifest themselves. And you know that they say about the value of an ounce of prevention. Well, the reports offer much more than an ounce because with permission, certified arborists do more than offer suggestions. They’re also quite capable of helping property owners carry those recommended tasks out.

At this time of year, pruning is generally towards the top of certified arborists’ to-do lists. Of course as tree preservation reports will show, not all estate vegetation will need to be trimmed back for the fall. Oftentimes, the slow growers are healthy, compact and sturdy enough to survive the colder temps without professional assistance. It’s the ones with weakened or twisted branches, split trunks and wounded root systems that tend to need immediate attention. And in those cases, pruning isn’t always the answer either.

Sometimes certified arborists’ tree preservation reports will indicate that bracing or tree removal is needed. They can handle all of those tree care tasks of course and more. Prices for the preventive measures may be included in tree preservation reports or requested afterward. In addition, the area’s best arborists may also prioritize which pre-fall tasks should be completed first, providing that price is a property manager’s biggest concern. To learn more about the value of prevention and what certified arborists may do, contact us for a personalized, tree preservation report today.