What Is a Tree Surgeon and Why You Should Hire One

What Is a Tree Surgeon and Why You Should Hire One?   Trees can live from anywhere between fifty to more than three thousand years. However, the death of a tree is inevitable. Some owe their deaths to infestations, others owe them to diseases, and others to climate change. Now while you may think of infestations and tree diseases in the context of a forest, know that your backyard trees are not immune to disease-induced death either. It is for this reason (among others), that timely visits from a tree surgeon…

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Stump Grinding: The Process and Benefits

Stump Grinding: The Process and Benefits   Trees, along with hedges, ornamentals, and flowerbeds, make up about 18% of an average American yard. However, despite their beauty, trees do eventually naturally need to be removed every once in a while, for the safety of your home and family. This process leaves stumps around your yard that you think may not be removable, but this is not the case at all. Tree stump grinding is a simple process that can make your yard a much more up-to-date space and remove the eyesores that…

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Killing Your Trees: 6 Things You Don’t Even Realize You’re Doing to Kill Your Trees

Killing Your Trees.   Did you know that most trees live up 50-100 years on average? The famous red cedar from Alaska can live up to 3,500 years under the right environmental circumstances. But how to care for trees in your backyard? What can you do and what you should not do to protect your beloved trees? This article discusses a few things that you should avoid when it comes to caring for your trees, so keep reading.   Killing Your Trees: 1. Putting Mulch Too Close to the Tree Adding…

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Tree Emergencies and The Effects of Storms on Trees

Tree emergencies and how to deal with them.   Storms can affect trees in different ways. The effect is influenced by lots of factors including wind direction and speed, rain duration and intensity, location, health and age. Trees are great at adapting to a change in conditions but this is a slow process that takes decades; they can’t adapt to a single change in weather due to a storm, of course. Tree emergencies due to storms can take many forms. Storm damage is often different from the damage caused by…

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Tree Pollarding 101

Tree Pollarding 101 – everything you need to know about pollarding.   If you are looking for ways to keep your landscape and trees looking their best, several key methods can make a huge impact on how your outdoor space looks. A process called tree pollarding can help to create a lush, beautiful landscape that promotes healthy trees. Read on to learn more about pollarding trees and what the process entails.   Tree Pollarding Defined Most people likely have never heard of tree pollarding, but it is an important part…

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Western Hemlock Tree – Tsuga heterophylla

What the Western Hemlock Tree Looks Like The Western Hemlock tree is a graceful, dense and handsome evergreen belonging to the Pinaceae family. It has soft needles on its drooping branches. Since it is so dense, it casts a heavy shade and there is not much that can live beneath. Its shape is broadly conical and it has a narrow crown. When Western Hemlock trees are mature, they grow up to 45 metres in height. They grow taller when in their native habitat, however, and grow between 50 and 70…

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Tips on How to Properly Prune Hydrangea

This time of year many people want to know the best way to prune hydrangeas. How and when to prune strongly depends on the hydrangea species. Therefore, you should first understand the type of hydrangea you have to ensure health and maximum blooms. Bigleaf (Hydrangea macrophylla) is one of the most common. This group is often known as mophead, lacecaps or French hydrangeas. Bigleaf hydrangea bloom on one-year-old wood. With that in mind, prune these plants within four to six weeks after blooming. To rejuvenate these plants, prune by selectively…

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What is the best mulch to stop weeds?

Maintaining a garden is a labour of love. But sometimes the time and effort involved can be challenging to keep up. That’s why many homeowners today look for ways to make gardening easier. Low maintenance solutions like automatic sprinklers and composting systems are just the beginning. One of the most challenging tasks for maintaining a garden involves weed removal. Weeds can be difficult to find and remove. Even when you least expect it, there could be seeds from weeds spreading around your garden beds. These seeds could be laying dormant…

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