It’s Not Easy Being Green
As you look at a tall, healthy tree or flourishing hedge, it’s easy to forget that they didn’t always look this impressive. In fact, in their formative years they had just about as much “muscle” as a random weed plucked from your yard. The fact that you’re now looking up at that tree or ducking around large shrubbery owes a lot to luck, timing, and (in all likelihood) helping human hands. Trees and shrubs are perfectly capable of surviving and thriving on their own, of course. But human intervention gives trees protection against disease, insect infestation, predators, and guarantees them food and water.
The trees and shrubs that do best in Canada’s short growing season (and often harsh winters) are trees like ashes, birches, and non-showy dogwoods. These woody plants grow quickly (as much as two feet within a year). They also have shorter lifespans and generally aren’t thought of as “front yard trees.” Slower growing trees such as oaks, some pines, and the Ohio buckeye are great shade and wildlife trees …eventually. They grow at about half the rate. They have much longer life spans, but this means they’re vulnerable for longer periods. This means greater potential for winter weather damage, and longer exposure to disease and insect infestation.
What Tree Maintenance Services Can Do To Help
- Proper Initial Care – Well-meaning tree owners may provide “over-care” such as applying unneeded guy wires or excessively mulching saplings. These practices can deform or kill young trees. By consulting a tree expert, you can ensure trees get started on the right “root” and don’t grown in the paths of utility lines or sewer piping.
- Alternatives To “Girdles” – Used to protect trees against mowers, girdles can strangle slow-growing trees. A tree service can suggest alternatives to keep the area around a tree clear.
Plenty of tree maintenance services are available, but not all of them have experience and qualifications to ensure slow growing shrubs and trees will be with you for generations. Timberlane Tree Services cares. Call us today in Newmarket at (905) 778-9438, or Toronto: (416) 878-2108. Let’s bring those “slow-bloomers” along successfully.