Spring 2011



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April Showers!

The initial spring outlook suggests a wetter than normal spring, with temperatures hovering near the normal mark.

A wet spring is both a blessing and a curse for our trees and shrubs. Water is the source of life, hence lots of rain is good news.

However, too much moisture creates favourable conditions for the development of fungi. Look for brown spots or curling on new leaves and early leaf drop.

 

We’re Going Green

Today, everyone is trying to reduce their environmental impact and so are we. The following services are now available to our clients:

• Electronic invoices
• On-line payment through our website
• E-newsletters


Spring Tip

Spring is an excellent time to review your trees and shrubs. As buds swell and plants leaf out, take notice of the new growth as it tells a story of the vitality and health of the plant.

Signs of potential problems:

• Plants that leaf out later than usual
• Leaves that appear sparser than normal
• Branches or sections of the plant that do not leaf out
• Leaf colour or size that appears different than normal
• Large amounts of small shoots growing directly from the trunk or larger limbs of the tree.

If you suspect a problem, give us a call! Checkout our website www.thetreespecialists.com for more tips, updates & specials.

 

Emerald Ash Borer Update

The EAB is a destructive in--ct sect that attacks and kills ash trees. It is now widely spread throughout Ontario and has killed millions of ash trees.

Tree-Azin is an effective insecticide approved to combat the EAB. It is injected directly into the tree between June and August. If you have ash trees, we strongly recommend treatment. The Tree Specialists Inc. is an authorized applicator of Tree- Azin.


The Benefits of Fertilizing Trees

In a forest, layers of decomposing leaves and plant material continually recycle nutrients into the soil.

Not so in our urban environment. As a result, urban soils are often depleted of the nutrients trees and plants require.

Most insect & disease problems and tree decline are related to poor soil conditions.

Simple measures can improve tree and soil health: water, mulch and deep root fertilization.

Deep root feeding is a process of injecting fertilizer 8 to 12 inches into the ground under pressure.

This process delivers nutrients directly into the root system AND helps aerate the soil, reduce compaction and increase water and oxygen content.

Our fertilizers are formulated for trees. They are slow-release and provide a uniform release of nutrients over one complete year.

Don’t count on lawn fertilizer to provide nutrition to your trees. When growing together, they compete for nutrients and water. Only insignificant amounts of lawn fertilizer will filter down to the tree roots.

Trees and shrubs can be fertilized anytime during the growing season; however the optimum time is spring and fall.

 

FAQ

1. Can I use pesticides on my trees?

YES, pesticides are permitted for trees if a qualified arborist determines that a pesticide is necessary in order to maintain the health of the tree.

However, regular tree care practices like deep root fertilizing, mulching, watering and pruning help maintain a tree’s health, making pesticides less likely to be required.

2. When do I require a permit to remove a privately owned tree on my property?

The answer to this question depends upon where you live. Each municipality has different requirements for private tree removal while some municipalities do not have private tree bylaws.

It is best when considering removing a tree to contact an arborist as they can help you through the process.


The Tree Specialists Inc.
2172 Wyecroft Road,Unit 23
Oakville, ON L6L 6R1

 

Tel: 905.469.1717
Website: info@thetreespecialists.com
Email: www.thetreespecialists.com


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