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What exactly is an arborist?  Why would you decide to hire one to manage your property?  We are hoping to cure any doubts and answer your questions regarding our team of advanced tree care specialists.

First of all, one needs to understand that an arborist is a noun.  That means instead of speaking with an automated service or finding a slew of vague answers from a Google search, you are speaking with an individual.  Not just any individual, but an individual who has been trained in the field of tree care.  Specifically, an arborist is;  

"a specialist in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs, including tree surgery, the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of tree diseases, and the control of pests."  (Arborist [Def. 1] In Dictionary.com online, retrieved August 19, 2014, from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/arborist).

Our team are all certified arborists.  Trained and educated for well over 20 years.  Our team will ensure your trees will be cared for expertly because of they are certified and qualified.  

Please note, that not all landscaping companies that hire arborists are properly certified to actually act upon their claims.  According to the International Society of Arboriculture,  some important questions you should be asking is when considering to hire an arborists are:

"This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity."

  • Lastly, does the arborist maintain his or her certification?  Are they up-to-date on their education?  

Please feel free to view our team page to read about anyone of our certified arborists.  We gaurantee you will not be disappointed.

If you have any questions regarding our arborists or would like to speak with one personally, feel free to contact us.  We are qualifed to answer any of your propertymanagement or tree care needs.

When considering the resale value of a property, curb appeal is one of the primary considerations...and nothing contributes as much to curb appeal as trees do.  While a wide variety of trees can enhance the value of a property, fruit trees may be some of the most effective ones for 3 reasons: Their landscaping value, their beauty, and, of course, the fruit they provide.

Fruit trees come in three different sizes:  Large (or standard), medium and dwarf.  The advantage of this is that they thereby can fulfill many different landscaping purposes, whether one large fruit tree is set off by itself, for dramatic effect, or several dwarf trees are used as a windbreak or even a hedge.  Because of these varieties of size, their uses are multiple.

Fruit trees also provide a unique focal point in a yard.  Very few plants surpass the beauty of a blooming fruit tree during the spring season, and very few plants are quite as eye catching.

Fruit trees also, of course, provide a useful and money saving product, in the form of their fruit.  Gardeners can be assured of the safety of their product by choosing which growing methods they prefer, and can save a great deal of money by replacing grocery store products with the harvest from their own backyards.  Excess fruit can also, of course, be sold.

Many different fruit trees are suitable for Ontario, due to their ability to tolerate cold weather.  The strongest ones are apples and pears (which can tolerate an air temperature in winter of -30 degrees) and sweet cherries, plums and peaches (which can tolerate an air temperature to -25 degrees).  

Professional tree care can assist in the cultivation and successful propagation of your fruit trees to ensure optimal results. Young fruit trees require the right amount of mulching (especially during their first few years), appropriate fertilization (depending on the age of the tree and the amount of mulch used) and proper pruning, especially during the first couple of years of their lives.  Proper pruning will enable the trees to not only be healthier but to produce more fruit.  Your arborist can advise you on all of these matters to protect your investment, whether your ultimate goal is resale value or preserving an attractive property for future generations. 

For more information on how to care for your cold hardy fruit trees, and give them the best possible start, Professional tree care.

Is your tree at risk for sudden limb drop?

If it is mature, has very large limbs, and has large branches that extrude from the rest of the canopy, the answer may be yes.  Fortunately, avoiding this potentially disastrous mishap is possible with the use of professional tree care.

While a tree may drop a large limb at any time with, unfortunately, little to no warning, there are ways to prevent this disaster from occurring in your backyard.  These include proper fertilization, proper aeration of the roots, insect and disease prevention, watering done the right way and professional trimming.

Proper fertilization can strengthen your tree so that environmental stresses can be more easily tolerated.  The key is to avoid too much fertilization (which can cause too rapid, weak growth) as well as not enough.  A properly fertilized and stronger tree, of course, is less likely to drop branches.  

Suitable aeration can help strengthen your tree, as well.  This prevents root damage and subsequent weakening of the tree, which can be a precursor to limb loss.

Prevention of, and treatment for, insects and diseases can enable your tree to withstand damaging weather and extreme temperatures better, especially if done with the right methods and at the right time.

Appropriate watering is also a remedy against limb breakage. Instead of watering trees frequently, trees should be watered for long periods of time on an infrequent basis for optimum effect.  Giving less water more frequently can actually cause trees to weaken and become more prone to limb problems.

Finally, proper pruning of trees, done by a professional, can also decrease the chance of tree damage.  Not only can it eliminate potentially dangerous situations, it can help to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

While limb breakage in trees is always a possibility, it doesn't have to be one fraught with danger and expensive losses. Proper fertilization, aeration, pest and insect prevention, adequate watering and professional pruning can all decrease the risk of your tree becoming a liability for your property instead of an asset, and the right information regarding all of these solutions can be obtained from a professional tree service.

For more information on how to keep your trees healthy, and damage free, contact us.

Іt іs vеrу hаrd tо knоw thе lеgаl rаmіfісаtіоns surrоundіng rеmоvіng а trее, еvеn оnе уоu оwn. Ѕоmе grееn соmmunіtіеs hаvе vеrу strісt lаws реrtаіnіng tо trее rеmоvаl аnd аrе аssосіаtеd wіth mајоr fіnеs. Ѕоmе аrеаs, usuаllу rurаl, hаvе nо rulеs аnd rеgulаtіоns. Тhеrе іs а mаssіvе grеу аrеа іn-bеtwееn sо fіnd оut whаt уоur соmmunіtу ехресts whеn а trее іs rеmоvеd. Tree cutting can be a relatively easy task, as long as rules and regulations are heeded. 

Рrоtесtіvе trее оrdіnаnсеs аrе usuаllу еnfоrсеd bу thе сіtу оr thе соuntу vіа а соunсіl оr lосаl bоаrd. А hіrеd trее рrоfеssіоnаl wіll іnsресt fоr nоnсоmрlіаnсе uроn соmрlаіnt but wіll аlsо соunсіl уоu аbоut thе рrоblеm trее. Тhіs mеаns thаt іf уоu lіvе wіthіn thе lіmіts оf аnу сіtу уоu nееd tо соntасt уоur сіtу соunсіl mеmbеrs оr trее bоаrd. Іf уоu lіvе іn аn unіnсоrроrаtеd роrtіоn оf уоur соuntу уоu wіll nееd tо соntасt уоur соuntу соmmіssіоnеr's оffісе.

Whу Аrе Тrее Rеmоvаl Lеgіslаtіоn Маndаtеd: Іt іs оnlу nаturаl thаt mаnу trее оwnеrs fееl sоmе frustrаtіоn аbоut whаt thеу саn оr саn't dо wіth thеіr оwn реrsоnаl trееs.Неrе іs а lіst rеаsоns fоr suрроrtіng уоur lосаl trее рrоtесtіоn оrdіnаnсе:

  • Rеgulаtіоns рrоtесt оldеr, hеаlthу "hеrіtаgе sресіmеn" trееs іn thе urbаn fоrеst thаt hаvе sіgnіfісаnt hіstоrіс оr аеsthеtіс vаluе.
  • Rеgulаtіоns rеquіrе рlаntіng аnd рrоtесtіng shаdе trееs іn раrkіng lоt аnd strееt "hоt zоnеs".
  • Rеgulаtіоns рrоtесt trееs durіng соnstruсtіоn іn mаnу соmmunіtіеs thаt рrоmоtе thеіr urbаn fоrеst.

Yоu nоw hаvе studіеd аnd nоw knоw thаt thеrе аrе rеgulаtіоns surrоundіng trее сuttіng іn thе nеіghbоrhооd.

Yоu оbvіоuslу nоw nееd tо соntасt us to execute an аrbоrіst and urbаn fоrеstеr bеfоrе сuttіng а trее. Тhеу wіll аррrоvе уоur рrојесt bаsеd оn lосаl rulеs аnd rеgulаtіоns.

The emerald ash borer is one insect that has received a great deal of attention lately, due to the amount of damage it has done to trees in eastern Canada, including Ontario. Native to Asia, this beetle was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, and conservationists everywhere have been scurrying to control the spread of it ever since.

The emerald ash borer is aptly named because it is dark green in color. Adults are around 8.5 millimeters long and about 1.6 millimeters wide. They have a narrow body and flat head with black eyes. These insects begin mating one week after they emerge, and a typical female can lay up to 100 eggs during her short lifespan of around two months.

The primary damage to ash trees is done by larvae, which are newly hatched insects. Larvae bore through the bark of trees and feed on new sapwood, which in turn prohibits the tree from transporting nutrients and water throughout. The result is that the tree is unable to sustain itself, and will eventually die.

Since its arrival, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of trees. Numerous quarantines have been enforced in an effort to combat its spread, since moving infected logs or hardwood could result in even more trees being lost.

Some signs your ash tree might be affected by this creature include:

  • A d-shaped exit hole in the bark
  • Heavy woodpecker damage, as woodpeckers prey on emerald ash borer larvae
  • Presence of adult insects
  • Dieback of the upper crown
  • Vertical splits in the bark

If you are plagued with an emerald ash borer infestation, take action now to prevent further damage. A York region arborist is your best line of defense against these insects.

Contact us today to find out more.

With their variety of forms and colors, tree fungi are an interesting thing to look at while on a nature walk. However, if you spot a fungus on a tree in your property, your tree may be in a lot of trouble. A diseased tree may be structurally weak and can present a hazard to people and property from falling branches or even from the tree itself toppling over in a strong wind.

Tree fungi are organisms that are neither plant nor animal. They reproduce by sending out spores which germinate in susceptible trees. These fungi are parasites that send out threads of tissue into a tree and feed on its host. Four types of tree fungi are described below.

Root And Butt Rot

Root and butt rot infect the roots and the butt or the part of a tree trunk just above its roots. The fungus progresses into the interior of the tree and can cause structural weakness.

Foliar Fungus

When you notice that the leaves and needles on your trees have discoloration or spots and blotches, then they are infected with foliar fungus. The entire leaf can become discolored and even complete sections of a tree's foliage may be discolored. If the disease is severe enough, the tree itself will die.

Canker Fungus

This fungus occurs on the trunk of trees and enters through wounds in the bark. These wounds can be caused by improper pruning, lawn mower damage and wind damage. The fungus causes the wound to become sunken and discolored. When the fungus is ready to reproduce, it will form a mushroom or a protuberance that is shaped like a shelf that grows from the tree trunk.

Vascular Wilt

The fungi responsible for vascular wilt enter into the vascular vessels of the tree which transport water and nutrients. It eventually kills off the xylem tissue which is responsible for transport. When this happens, the stems and leaves on the tree wilt.

If you see these fungi on any of your trees, it's best to get the help of your York Region arborist. He will be able to determine the extent of the disease and advise you on your best course of action. Contact us today and let us help with your tree fungus problem.

While disease and insects are considered to be two of the most prevalent factors that can cause tree damage, urban trees actually have an even more serious problem to contend with in maintaining their health.  That problem is human error, and it affects trees in a variety of ways.

One of the first of these is improper planting and poor care, especially when trees are very young.  By providing too little OR too much water, tree roots can be injured.  The young tree can suffer from the effects of drought when too little water is given.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, too much water can result in too rapid growth, thereby leaving the tree weaker and more prone to disease.

Trees can also suffer from the effects of too much activity in their immediate area.  Too much foot or vehicle traffic can cause the soil around their roots to become compacted.  This results in inadequate absorption of water and nutrients by the tree, and can impede root development.  

The tools of regular lawn maintenance can also have a major impact on trees, especially young ones.  Trees that suffer injury from mowers or weed eaters can end up with injuries in their bark that make them more susceptible to disease and insect pests.  Injuries that are severe enough can even kill them.

Road salt and pollution are two more factors that can stress urban trees. Dumping snow containing salt in the area near a tree can have a negative impact on its overall health.  In addition, pollution, especially in areas of high traffic, can be detrimental.

The best ally for homeowners attempting to ensure the good health of their trees is professional tree care.  A professional tree care service can prevent trees from developing major problems through regular inspection and care. Appropriate pruning, the right amount of watering, proper fertilization and mulching can all increase the overall health of trees and prevent future problems.  

For the best advice on how to keep your trees healthy, contact us.

The large maple trees in your yard offer an abundance of shade in the enjoyable Ontario summers. If your trees become diseased, the infected leaves can drop off early and compromise the health of your tree. Below you’ll discover common diseases that can affect your maple trees.

Anthracnose

Anthracnose is a leaf blight disease that causes brown, irregular shaped blotches to appear on the leaves of maple trees. Spores on the dead leaves that have been on the ground throughout the winter begin to contaminate the new healthy leaves. The disease starts to infect the leaves in early spring and spreads throughout the tree. After the brown blotches appear, the leaves will dry up, curl, and fall off the tree earlier than normal. To prevent this disease from infecting your trees, rake up the fallen leaves and destroy them. Root feeding the infected trees can prevent further damage.

Nectria Canker

This disease is life threatening to maple trees when circular cankers appear on the branches and trunk. The trunk becomes infected through bark or branch wounds as the infection travels through the tree. At risk trees are those that are undernourished or have less than favorable growing conditions. When a canker spreads around an entire branch or the trunk, the diseased section will wither and eventually break off from the tree. Root feeding a diseased tree can help, along with surgical removal of the canker by an experienced tree care Aurora professional.

Verticillium Wilt

This fungus lives in the soil and it infects the tissues of tree branches. As the fungus steals the nutrients and water from the branches, the leaves turn yellow, wilt and fall from the tree. If the weather is extremely dry, the leaves will wilt and fall even sooner. Verticillium Wilt begins by infecting a couple of branches and eventually the fungus spreads to the entire tree. Trimming off the diseased branches, along with root feeding and frequent watering, can often save the tree.

If your maple trees are diseased, contact us for a consultation with a qualified arborist from Advanced Tree Care.

For some reason, trees often get far less attention and care than is given to the plants in our gardens. Perhaps it's because our garden plants seem so much more vulnerable than the big, sturdy, and seemingly hardy trees on our property. This is often an illusion as those who have suffered damage from falling trees and branches can attest.

Trees get neglected for a variety of reasons including some incorrect beliefs that are discussed below. If your trees aren't maintained and have never been checked by a professional, arborist consulting would be worth the investment.

The Trees On My Property Can Take Care Of Themselves Because Trees In The Wild Do Just Fine

While it's certainly true that some trees living in forests are very healthy, there are many that are not. If you look at the health of trees in the forest with a careful eye, you will see damaged and diseased trees. Some will have weak root systems because chance placed them in a poor location. Others suffer damage from natural causes such as lightning strikes.

If you frequently hike in the woods, then you will have noticed recent tree and large branch blow downs due to wind storms. Many of the old fallen trees on the forest floor are there due to damage and weakness. The trees left standing in the woods are the result of survival of the fittest.

The trees on your property have similar problems to contend with as those in the wild. They also have additional problems because their urban environment. If you don't want your yard to look like the forest floor, your trees must be cared for.

Big Trees Have Strong And Deep Roots So They Can't Get Blown Down

Big trees seem strong when you push against the trunk with your hands, but humans are quite weak compared to the forces of nature. A big tree has a lot of branches and leaves. This presents a lot of surface area for strong winds to push against. The depth of a tree's root system depends on a number of factors such as the soil conditions, the tree species, and the presence of subterranean barriers.

The roots of many trees don't extend much further than a few feet if even that. Since you can't see the root system, you can't tell at a glance whether your tree will survive the next wind storm. The extent of your tree's root system could be quite small relative to its above ground size.

Dead Tree Branches Will Fall When They Are Ready

This is positively true. What isn't correct is assuming that they aren't worth the bother. If they fall at the wrong time when someone is standing underneath or when a car is parked beneath it, then serious injury or property damage can result.

If you would like to ensure that your trees are healthy and won't cause damage to your property, please contact us for a consultation.

When considering the overall health of their trees, most homeowners will look at things such as broken branches or decreased foliage.  Yet another more insidious tree killer can be found at a tree's very roots, namely root rot.

Often first appearing as a cluster of fungi (conks) near a tree's base, root rot is a serious disease that can dramatically decrease the lifespan of a hardwood tree.  While it affects many trees, it is more likely to be contracted by an older tree or a tree that has sustained injury to its base. Another contributing factor that may make a tree more likely to fall prey to root rot is poor soil.

Root rot not only drastically shortens the life of a tree, it also makes it less able to withstand extreme conditions, such as drought, prolonged and heavy rainfall and extreme heat.  Another sobering fact about root rot is that it is contagious, and can spread to other trees in close proximity or even to trees planted in the same area where the diseased tree stood.

To avoid root rot, prevention is of the utmost importance.  Trees need to be protected from root damage and wounds. Also, after the removal of a diseased tree, the stump should be completely removed and soil sterilization should be carried out.

Fortunately, professional tree care can mitigate the effects of root rot. Your arborist can trim your ailing tree in a manner that promotes growth and vigor, and fertilize it so that it can better cope with the effects of this debilitating disease, thereby enabling it to live longer.  Your arborist can also remove diseased trees and sterilize the soil in a manner that makes it safe to plant replacement trees at the appropriate time.

For more tips on how to have healthier trees, and assistance in protecting those that you currently have, contact us.