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Certified, Canadian arborists do more than just physically care for trees, they also pay attention to those species that are threatened or endangered. One that comes to mind is a fantastic species of shade tree, the Gymnocladis dioicus. Certified Arborists also know it as the Kentucky coffee tree.  At one time, people were enamored with its huge leaves, light green flowers and bean pods.

They used the trees for shade and their seed pods in a number of ways. For example, they often used them to prepare medicines, beverages and main entrees. Some people also used the tree’s seeds, flowers and wood to make handicrafts, toys, furniture and other useful items for the home or business.

However, now that the trees are endangered, Canadians no longer use them for their byproducts. Instead, the trees are primarily planted to help preserve the species and beautify Canadian estates. Naturally, arborists help to make that happen in regions known to have at one time, once harbored wild and cultivated, Kentucky coffee trees.

Although the trees are very pollution, drought and disease tolerant, there is one thing that helps keep them from thriving all across Canada. There just aren’t enough of them. Like other species of trees, they need each other in order to reproduce. So without enough specimens of both genders living in one area, the trees will eventually die without creating their own replacements. Thus, Certified Arborists generally recommend estate owners plant one Kentucky coffee tree of each sex on their respective properties.

To discover more about the Kentucky coffee tree and other threatened species Canadian, Certified Arborists recommend for estates, please contact us for a free quote. We’d be happy to help preserve threatened or endangered species of trees for both home and business owners in our company’s existing service area.

Carotenoids, chlorophyll and anthocyanin undoubtedly play a major role in what Canada’s trees will look like come autumn but that’s not all. Our York Region arborists know that the weather and soil content influence the trees’ leaves too. So there are a few things they can do to help improve fall foliage. Would you like to find out what they are?

To begin with, York Region arborists may improve a tree’s autumn canopy by taking excellent care of it during the spring and summer months. They are traditionally important parts of a tree’s growing season. So the soil should be kept moist, nutrient rich and warm. Also, the tree should be kept disease and pest-free. That way, the leaves will be healthy come fall.

Now there is not much that York Region arborists can do about the weather, which as we noted earlier, has significant influence on foliage color too. However, they may use structural reinforcement and other means to shield the tree from weather-related damage. For example, mulch and burlap may keep the trees safe during periods of frost whereas cabling could keep foliage-laden branches from snapping off during wind storms in September.

Finally, York Region arborists may help improve fall color by helping property owners select beautiful trees. There are a number of specimens that are known for producing amazing color year after year. And the same goes for shrubs. “Which ones?”, you may ask. How about red oak, sugar maples, sumac, red maples and paper birch? They are fantastic. The list of other species of note includes, but isn’t confined to:

  • Katsura Trees
  • Redbud Trees
  • Smokebushes
  • Dogwood Trees
  • Witch Hazel Shrubs

To speak with a York Region arborist about adding more wonderful, autumn color to a property, please contact us at our Advanced Tree Care headquarters today.

Managing multiple properties is challenging, but it becomes more manageable when you invest in maintenance and preservation. Although you can rely on professionals to resolve tree-related problems, you will have a better experience by preventing issues from happening in the first place.

It is advantageous to make use of tree preservation proposals from professionals.

Maximize Tree-Related Benefits

When you invest in tree preservation, you do not have to worry about your trees getting to the point where they need to be treated for pests or diseases. It is an effective way to keep your trees looking great to satisfy and impress tenants, which is just what you need as a property management professional.

Keep All Trees Healthy

An important benefit of following through on preservation proposals is that you will keep your trees healthy. If a professional needs to take certain measures to keep a tree healthy, they can do so before the tree starts to have substantial problems, which could save you money and possibly the life of the tree.

Professional Knowledge

Although you might have your own ideas as for what you want to do with the trees on your properties, you do not have the same level of knowledge or expertise as a tree care professional. It is best to leave these plans and proposals in their hands as they can guide you well, along with provide the services.

Just as it is helpful to invest in property maintenance to avoid expensive repairs or issues, you can do the same with the trees on the properties you manage. Contact us for more information on our services.

Summer is a popular time for people to move, especially because of school. Once summer arrives, college students are out of school, in which some will have graduated and others will transfer to different schools. Unfortunately, this can lead to a considerable amount of vacancies with your properties.

To fill these vacancies and attract new college students, you should consider tree care in Aurora.

Take New Photos for Property Listings

Old photos can cause your properties to not look as appealing, which is essential because the first impression has a substantial impact on your ability to rent a home quickly. Investing in tree care will get your trees into outstanding condition, which is the perfect way to prepare for taking new photos.

Impress Potential Tenants

When you have well-kept trees on your properties, you will impress potential tenants. Although you will need to impress them throughout their entire tour of the home, having healthy trees is an ideal start.

Justify the Rental Rate

For the properties you manage to actually rent in a reasonable time frame, you need to justify the rental rate. It is crucial to do this in numerous ways, and one of them is providing high-quality landscaping.

Healthy, beautiful, and safe trees can provide curb appeal, shade, and style to any property.

If you do not take care of the trees on your properties, you may run into trouble with keeping them healthy and alive in the future. It is important to avoid these time-consuming and expensive issues by getting professional tree care, which will save you the most amount of money in the long run.

Contact us if you have any questions about our services.

Gypsy moth activity across the country continues to concern estate tree care professionals. At this point in the season, spring larvae have already made it through the pupal stage and are starting to lay their own eggs. Those eggs, if not destroyed, will remain in place until spring 2016. Afterward, they’ll hatch and start the vicious process of destroying Canada’s estate tree population all over again.

Many Canadians have expressed concern over some of the chemicals being used to kill the destructive moths’ larvae. They worry about what the substances will do to the environment at large as well as human beings with compromised immune systems. Examples include biological materials that inadvertently kill other, more beneficial insects.  Consequently, there has been an increasing outcry for the use of eco-friendly alternatives.

Unfortunately, not all eco-friendly alternatives are good for humans. Prime examples are planned releases of deer mice, which harbor infectious pathogens and parasites. As such, when battling gypsy moth invasions it is crucial for estate tree care professionals to balance the concerns of all involved. Personally, we advocate for focusing on the health of the estate’s trees.

By making health the center of attention, the estates’ trees are in better positions to withstand gypsy moth attacks. Plus, we recommend setting up eco-sensitive deterrents that discourage or prevent the adult moths from using the estate trees as nurseries. Examples include spraying the trees with green soaps and applying specialty tape.

Thinning out hardwoods which have a tendency to attract the pests also helps. However, property owners may balk at doing such. In those cases, certified arborists often agree to take a “protect, wait and see” stance. It involves taking the preventive measures we mentioned early and reserving tree removal activities until the final generation of larvae are preparing to overwinter.

To speak more about gypsy moth invasions and related control measures, please contact Advance Tree Care today.

Gypsy moth activity across the country continues to concern estate tree care professionals. At this point in the season, spring larvae have already made it through the pupal stage and are starting to lay their own eggs. Those eggs, if not destroyed, will remain in place until spring 2016. Afterward, they’ll hatch and start the vicious process of destroying Canada’s estate tree population all over again.

Many Canadians have expressed concern over some of the chemicals being used to kill the destructive moths’ larvae. They worry about what the substances will do to the environment at large as well as human beings with compromised immune systems. Examples include biological materials that inadvertently kill other, more beneficial insects.  Consequently, there has been an increasing outcry for the use of eco-friendly alternatives.

Unfortunately, not all eco-friendly alternatives are good for humans. Prime examples are planned releases of deer mice, which harbor infectious pathogens and parasites. As such, when battling gypsy moth invasions it is crucial for estate tree care professionals to balance the concerns of all involved. Personally, we advocate for focusing on the health of the estate’s trees.

By making health the center of attention, the estates’ trees are in better positions to withstand gypsy moth attacks. Plus, we recommend setting up eco-sensitive deterrents that discourage or prevent the adult moths from using the estate trees as nurseries. Examples include spraying the trees with green soaps and applying specialty tape.

Thinning out hardwoods which have a tendency to attract the pests also helps. However, property owners may balk at doing such. In those cases, certified arborists often agree to take a “protect, wait and see” stance. It involves taking the preventive measures we mentioned early and reserving tree removal activities until the final generation of larvae are preparing to overwinter.

To speak more about gypsy moth invasions and related control measures, please contact Advance Tree Care today.

During Canadian winters, arborists know that it is common for temperatures to nose-dive well below freezing. As expected, it is hard for even cold tolerant trees to survive such weather. After all, trees typically contain a lot of water and we all know what happens when water freezes. It expands and that expansion may cause parts of the tree to crack open.

Of course not all trees crack when faced with freezing temperatures and there is a very good reason for that. Their systems are designed to handle temperature changes. For example, Canadian trees often produce more sugar as well as thicker sap in the lead up to winter and that helps somewhat. Their cells also start to change, becoming more elastic to apparently accommodate the severe temperature fluctuations.

Unfortunately, come fall, not all trees are healthy enough to begin their seasonal change-overs. And even the healthiest of trees and shrubs may need an arborist’s intervention in order to make it through those sub-freezing stretches our country is so well-known for. So, the best course of action is to have the trees inspected and prepared for the worst. That said, here are a few of our arborists’ best cold weather injury prevention tips:

  • Establish barriers to protect the trees from frigid winds, ice and sub-zero temperatures. Barriers vary per situation and may include burlap or mulch. The goal should be to shield the trees from as much cold weather mayhem as possible.
  • Take steps to prevent moisture loss, which tends to happen as sap thickens and more sugar is produced. In some cases, this means relying on professional, anti-desiccant treatments or the strategic application of water. Care has to be taken with both methods otherwise they could increase the trees’ chances of dying.

To speak with an arborist about winter watering, anti-desiccants and seasonal barriers, please contact us. We specialize in preparing trees for Canadian winters and more.

Did you know that radial trenching is an important part of tree care in Aurora? It’s true. Tree root systems’ dig it and we think that property owners will too once they realize all of the benefits that come with such a specialized form of soil enhancement. With that in mind, here’s what every tree lover should know about this unique form of trenching:

The York Region and Aurora in particular, have experienced a decline in soil quality over the years. This has been due to a number of factors including natural erosion, pollution, storm water damage and land development. As such, the trees that once grew well without human intervention now need periodic care. It is needed to ensure that the soil around the aged trees’ roots remains aerated, sufficiently moist, nutrient rich and free of disease as well as harmful insects.

Routine, radial trenching will easily give new and old trees alike those advantages. The reason is clear. It involves digging below the earth’s surface and adding the amendments where they are needed the most. Once the amendments are below ground, the surface soil is replaced. Consequently, the added nutrients are less likely to erode away before the trees’ root systems can take full advantage of them.

Also, unlike other soil amendment methods, this one will not stress out or further damage the trees. Why? Caution is used during excavation and each cache of nutrients is strategically placed around the roots thereafter. When landscapers in Aurora don’t use caution, they could accidentally cut through the trees’ roots.

Understandably, those types of injuries would invite disease, insects and other problems to take hold, which could jeopardize the life of the tree. So, radial trenching should only be performed by our tree care experts. To find out more about radial trenching and other forms of tree care in Aurora, please contact us by e-mail or toll-free for a free quote.

Ash trees may not be unique to Ontario but they are standouts as a whole. They boast opposite branching, compound leaves and thick, raised bark that upon closer inspection resembles a mosaic of diamond shapes. Unfortunately, humans are not the only ones attracted to them. The species are also favored by an invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer. They are hard to identify and have the potential to cause a lot of damage. Therefore, property owners should seek tree care consulting services both before and after emerald ash borer infestations.

What makes the buprestids hard to identify? Simply put, they sport physical and behavioral characteristics that are similar to other beetles. Examples of other insects that fall into that category include, but aren’t restricted to two-lined chestnut borers, bronze birch borers, caterpillar hunters, six-spotted tigers and Japanese beetles. As such, it’s best to call on the services of tree care consultants that are experienced in identifying and eradicating wood-boring beetles.

Tree care consulting services generally go beyond identifying and eradicating emerald ash borers. That’s why they are helpful both before and after infestations. After an emerald ash borer problem has been solved, tree care consultants may offer prevention services designed to keep re-infestation concerns at bay. For example, it may be prudent to schedule IMA-jet injections between May and mid September. They tend to be peak periods of emerald ash borer activity.

Only seasonal inspections conducted by qualified arborists familiar with the pest will confirm or deny the need for preventive injections. Consultants may also recommend adding structural support to salvaged trees and amending the soil around them to help counteract stress leftover from the infestation. To learn more about emerald ash borers and why securing professional tree consulting services are the best way to handle them, please contact us.

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.