Spring Allergies

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Oh joy, oh bliss! Spring is finally in the air! Bulbs are forcing themselves through the cold ground and plants are getting ready to return to life. Do you know what that means?

It’s time for spring allergies to kick in. Groan…

For those of you who suffer from spring allergies, the reprieve you may have gotten from last week’s freak snow didn’t last. The thermometer is shaking off those negative digits and has climbed back to more spring-like temperatures. This means that trees will shortly unfurl their leaves and start to blossom. Thus begins the season of spring allergies.

Oak trees are beautiful in spring, but not for those who are allergic to their pollen

In fact, a quick check in with the Weather Network confirms what any sinus sufferer could tell you easily – it has already begun! Today’s Pollen Report for London, Ontario claims that Cedar and Juniper are at high pollen outputs, with Box elder, Maple and Oak Trees not far behind with moderate ratings. Aspen, Ash and Poplar trees are also on the moderate pollen radar too.

Pollen Count Indicator

Low 0-20 grains/m³ Moderate 21-80 grains/m³ High 80+ grains/m³

According to Web MD, trees that often trigger allergies include:

        • Ash
        • Aspen
        • Beech
        • Birch
        • Box elder
        • Cedar
        • Cottonwood
        • Elm
        • Hickory
        • Mountain elder
        • Mulberry
        • Oak
        • Pecan
        • Willow

You might note that the trees on this list are also many of the same trees that are at their worst right now. It isn’t the showy flowery trees that have yet to bloom, rather trees with fine pollen that is easily blown on the wind. And before you damn the reason why pollen was ever born, know that without that powdery pollen, trees would not be able to reproduce. That means no more trees.

Sorry, but CLC Tree Services doesn’t ever want to see that happen.

The Doors

Closed windows and Doors reduces the amount of pollen that gets into your home

So what recourse does a poor allergy sufferer have in the spring? For starters, you can minimize your exposure to tree pollen. That means keeping windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from entering your home. Make sure to dust regularly to keep that pesky pollen at bay. Park your vehicle in the garage to cut its exposure to pollen and keep its windows rolled up as well. You also might want to park your pets indoors as well, as when they go out, they will bring in pollen dust on their coat. Make sure to brush them well to keep that pollen out. If you have been exposed, take action and wash your hands, face, hair and clothes. It’s all about reducing your exposure.

Speaking of exposure, pollen counts are usually at their highest in the morning, so  you might want to think about avoiding outdoor activities between 5-10 am. Another way to reduce that exposure is by taking stock of your allergens and reducing them in your environment. If oak or ash trees are the culprit, then perhaps they aren’t the best choices for trees in your yard. A hard call, as all trees have merit, but a miserable allergy day is never worth it if it can be prevented.

It is interesting to note though that sometimes it is not even the specific tree that is the problem, but rather the sex of it. An article by AboutForestry notes that trees are either monoecious or dioecious; monoecious trees have both male and female flowers on individual specimens, whereas dioecious trees are either male or female. It is the male trees that are typically the problem. So if box elders make you balk, then just choose a female tree to be allergy-free, without having to make the call to be tree-free.

However you go about it, CLC Tree Services wishes everyone a welcome and allergy-reduced spring!

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Emergency Preparation

 “He’s stopped breathing! What do we do?”

“YOU! Call 911, tell them where we are, the nature of our emergency, and report back to me. I am going to start CPR.”

Would you know what to do in the case of an emergency? Should you pound someone on the back when they begin to choke? Do you press your thumb onto their wrist to check for a pulse? Would you complain that you feel faint at the sight of blood, leaving someone with serious wounds to bleed out in front of you?

What is the right answer? If you have taken a First Aid and CPR course, then you know that the answers are no. Pounding on someone’s back can cause an object to get lodged even worse than it already is. Your thumb has a pulse of its own, masking that of the person you are trying to check. And your own personal qualms have no place when a life is at stake. You can protect yourself from transmittable diseases even while trying to save someone.

In an emergency, every second counts. When you know what to do, your actions just might save a life. Knowledge is the key. That is why the crew of CLC Tree Services attended a Standard First Aid & CPR certificate course through First Aid Junction this week.

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye

In the tree services industry, we are exposed to dangers every day. Our men climb trees with the help of harnesses, but accidents happen. A fall can be serious and it is in our best interest if our staff knows what to do in case someone is injured. Likewise, our chipper is there to cleanup brush, but one false move could see a shirt sleeve pulled in for the unaware arborist. Plus we have chainsaws meant to cut down trees, but they are strong enough to cut through plenty of other things. The dangers are enough to make one cringe. At CLC, we pride ourselves on our safety record, but are smart enough to know that being prepared for accidents comes with the job.

So this week we learned about how to handle any potential emergencies. In first aid and CPR training, you learn about what to do in case of;

        • Airway Emergencies
        • Bone, Muscle & Joint Injuries
        • In an emergency, knowledge can save a life

          Breathing & Circulation Emergencies
        • Care for bleeding, shock
        • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries
        • Childbirth
        • Choking in adults, children, and babies
        • First aid for poisons
        • Heat/cold-related emergencies
        • Head & Spine Injuries
        • Multiple casualty incidents
        • Soft tissue injuries
        • Wound Care

Sounds scary, but emergencies happen every day, from your home, to public spaces, to job sites and more. The scary part is not knowing how to respond when you are faced with a life-threatening situation. The good news is that today, the crew at CLC Tree Services is a little better prepared if any of them do come across an emergency. And the certifications they received are good for three years. That equals a lot of peace of mind.

So I ask you again, do you know what to do in an emergency? If you aren’t exactly sure then perhaps it’s time for you to brush up on your First Aid and CPR skills. Because everyone wins when we are all prepared.

 

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Big Trees

Big Trees

No offence sapling
your potential does abound
but big trees? They rule!

Home for a Momma Raccoon and her cubs

Home for a Mama Raccoon and her cubs

Yes, big trees do rule. They;

  • provide shade
  • provide nesting sites and perches for birds
  • provide homes for squirrels, insects and other small animals
  • are a source of food for deer, raccoons, chipmunks and birds

 

Felled tree

How much was lost when this tree was cut down?

When a big tree is lost, the effects are wide-spread. We lose;

  • the peace and serenity that comes with them
  • the reduction in air pollution
  • protection from wind, rain and sun
  • a measure of our property value in economic terms

So what can you do about that? If you have lost a big tree or just don’t happen to have one on your property, why not think about planting one. Not just any tree though. How about planting a BIG tree.

Obviously you can’t go about digging a 1,500 year-old Californian redwood into your backyard, but there are still plenty of options to look into. CLC Tree Services can help. This year at the London Spring Home and Garden Show we are going to be discussing the benefits of planting bigger trees; ie. 8′ tall trees. They offer instant shade and a measure of privacy, as well as a fast-track to some of the other many benefits of having a tree on your property. You can look forward to reduced soil erosion and potential water pollutants. Your new tree will reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, while producing oxygen for us to breathe. It will block unsightly views, add beauty to your landscape, and bring wildlife to your neighbourhood.

Are you ready to plant a tree yet? Come to the London Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend from April 11-13, 2014 at the Western Fair Agriplex. CLC Tree Services will be at booths #712-713 and we’ll be talking trees – Big trees. Join the conversation!

Tree Planting CLC will go!

Tree Planting CLC will go!

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Sign of Spring

Image Source; RGB Stock, Berenika

“April showers bring May flowers… “

Well, the first hope is that April showers will melt some of the stubborn snow that still lingers in London, Ontario. What a winter we’ve had! April is a very welcome guest and the folks at CLC Tree Services welcome it with open arms. Much as it would be nice if there was a little more heat in the sun’s rays, we will take the + temperatures anyway.

CLC will be there!

With the calendar flipping over to April this week, Spring feels a little more in grasp. Especially as CLC Tree Services gears up for an exciting event that we have taken part in since 2009 – the London Spring Home & Garden Show. This year’s show runs April 11 – 13, 2014 and will be held at the Western Fair District Agriplex building (845 Florence St). Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $9 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. Plus, if you find you don’t have the time to see everything in one day, you can return for Free!

Hours:
Friday      12:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday  10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday    11:00am – 5:00pm

So what can you expect from the 38th Annual Spring Home and Garden Show? Well, there will be plenty of exhibitors, celebrity sightings galore, seminars at the Idea Stage and Gardening Stage, the Spring Flower Show and Competition, the popular Green Thumb Marketplace, plus lots of prizes for you to win. Pick up coupons from some of the many vendors on site. Stop by Porky’s Grilling school to sample tasty barbecued treats. Admire the Design Centre, where you can pick up ideas for today’s hottest trends in home decor and design.

And make a point to stop by booths #712 and #713. That is where you will find CLC Tree Services of course! Watch the video taken at last year’s Home and Garden show for a sneak peek of what you can expect from this year, but make a point in stopping by again this year regardless. The guys like to talk trees and this year will be no different. In fact, this year they are planning to talk about really big trees; 8′ and taller! Planting that is. When you plant a tree that large, you get instant privacy and shading for your home. For anyone who has lost a valued tree due to London’s battle with the Emerald Ash Borer, you definitely want to talk to us. Just saying.

So mark your calendar; April 11-13, 2014! We personally think it is the best sign of spring yet. See you then!

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Unless

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― Dr. SeussThe Lorax

Anyone who has ever read the book “The Lorax” (written way back in 1971 if you can believe it), or seen the movie (released in 2012 by Universal Studios) knows that what Dr. Seuss is getting at is that it is everyone’s responsibility to make the world a better place. We can keep on living our lives, using up the natural resources around us, and being blind to the effects of those abuses, but that doesn’t stop what our actions create. In the land of the Lorax, it is a world without truffula trees. In our world, it looks like major environmental issues, such as climate change, air pollution, water pollution, increased natural disasters, and more.

It can be pretty depressing to think about, so it is no wonder that so many stick their heads in the sand when talk of “fracking”, “drought”, “global warming” and other environmental topics hit the news. As Dr. Seuss said though, if people don’t stand up and do something about these things “nothing going to get better”.

It’s Not.

So what am I suggesting? How about we all start caring even a little bit. A whole awful lot would be better, but we need to start somewhere before we don’t have anything left to save. And this weekend is the perfect time to start.

Earth Hour Logo

Use Your Power

Saturday, March 29th, 2014, from 8:30 – 9:30 PM is Earth Hour. Turn out the lights. Better yet, power down your computers (go ahead and unplug it even!), turn off your TVs, and flick off any non-essential power sources for an hour. It is only 60 minutes, but the statement you are making is that you care about the Earth. And the Earth needs us right now.

What do you do while the lights are out? Why not spend time with family or friends and discuss what else can be done for our planet. Make a pledge of things You can do to make our world a better place. You can visit WWF Earth Hour to watch some of the many videos uploaded by people who pledge to make a difference, and while you are at it, upload your own! Listen to what people are planning on doing and come up with your own ideas. Why not back a project on the Earth Hour site? Plant a tree this spring with ReForest London and count it towards London’s Million Tree Challenge. Or maybe you could switch out your old fluorescent light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones? There are so many ways that you can make a difference to the planet. It starts with a #MomentofDarkness. And remember;

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

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