Why Use a Professional Christmas Decor Company?

There is one month to go til Christmas. Have you put up your Christmas Decor yet? Do you dread unravelling the string of Christmas lights which you tossed into the basement last winter? How many lightbulbs do you have to replace before you climb up the ladder to clip them onto the house? And how many new clips do you have to buy after breaking a handful of them taking them down?

Let Christmas Decor London save you the hassle this year. We are professional decorating experts with the skills and knowledge to do the job well. As a sister company of CLC Tree Services, our crew are more than familiar with heights, working over their heads and handling trees and shrubs. Giving them a festive glow with the help of Christmas Decor London is a natural extension of what we do.

Here are a few more reasons to leave your exterior Christmas Decor to us this year.

Why Hire a Professional Christmas Decorator

  • Installing Christmas Decor

    Our team installs, maintains and removes your Christmas Decor package in a timely and professional manner.

    PROFESSIONAL – Christmas Decor London has been professionally decorating homes and businesses in London and area since 2007. We so our best to make sure our clients are happy with our services from the first moment of contact to when your decor is removed at the end of season.

  • PERSONALIZED – All clients meet with our design consultant to discuss their package needs and budget according to their tastes.
  • HASSLE-FREE – Once a design is agreed upon, installation is arranged accordingly. You need do nothing more. You do not need to be home, if it does not fit your schedule. There is also no pressure to sign up for future years.
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    Christmas Decor London provides all the decor items for your Christmas Decor package

    QUALITY DECOR PROVIDED – All decor items are provided by Christmas Decor London, including LED lighting, wreaths, garlands, bows and whatever other items you may request.

  • STATE OF THE ART HARDWARE – Energy saving LED lights, lush and green wreaths, CSA and UL-rated extension cords and timers are used.
  • IN-SEASON SERVICE – Over the course of the season, our crew maintains your decor with proactive service calls and responds to any issues which may arise.
  • INSTALLATION & TAKE-DOWN INCLUDED – Installation and decor removal is included in the cost of your Christmas Decor package. Our trained crew uses their own equipment for these services, whether it be on the ground, on the roof or up a 20′ tree.
  • NO STORAGE FEES – As you do not own the decor, there is no storage fees. You are never under obligation to renew your Christmas Decor package in further years. If you choose to use our services in future years, you can use the same decor options or switch them up to new designs each year. The choice is yours.
  •  FULLY INSURED – Christmas Decor London is fully insured and our crew is covered by WSIB

Let Christmas Decor London make your season bright this year

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Nine Fine Pines

There are over 175 different types of pine trees. Several are native to Canada, but many more can be found within our borders as well. Pines are cone-bearing coniferous trees with long needles that come in bundles of 2-5 bunches and are often long-lived, growing from 100-1000 years. Whether you choose a pine tree for your Christmas tree this year or choose to plant one on your property to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with hardy pine trees.

Here’s a look at nine pines you might come across in Canada.

Nine Fine Pines

White Pines offered by ReForest London at Western Fair

White Pines offered by ReForest London at Western Fair

Eastern White Pine –

  • Provincial tree of Ontario, native to Canada, only pine listed as best choice to plant in London, Ontario by ReForest London, 20-35 metres tall, tolerates some shade when younger, but prefers full sun, skinny needles 5-12 cm long and come in bundles of five, cones 8-20 cm long and hang down from branches, dark grayish-brown bark with thick ridges, contains few knotholes, wood doesn’t twist or shrink, popular choice for Christmas trees, was preferred tree for making masts by British Royal Navy


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“The Jack Pine, by Tom Thomson” by Tom Thomson – 1. Artwork Page: The Jack Pine 2. National Gallery of Canada. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Jack Pine –

  • native to Canada, most widely found pine tree in Canada, plant with caution in London, ON according to ReForest London, up to 24 metres tall, can grow in most soils, but will get gnarled when grown in rocky locations, requires full sun, twisted needles come in bundles of two and are 2-4 cm long, cones often skinny and curved 2.5-8 cm long and persist on the tree for a number of years, scaly ridges on dark bark, provides food source for animals, used for timber, pulpwood and to stabilize watersheds, was made popular by artist Tom Thomson


Red pine

Red Pine –

  • native to Canada, found in northern Ontario, but recommended to use with caution in London, ON according to ReForest London, 20-30 metres tall, straight trunk, prefers full sun, needles come in bundles of two and are 10-16 cm long, ovoid cones, bark is reddish to pink and flaky, not tolerant of salt damage or air pollution, used for railway ties, posts, mine timbers, pulpwood and windbreaks


Pitch Pine

Pitch Pine – 

  • native to Canada, found in Eastern Ontario, up to 20 metres tall, prefers full sun, twisted, blunt needles are 7-12 cm long and sometimes sprout out of trunk, needles come in bundles of three, oval cones are covered in sharp spines and stay on the tree for several years, flaky bark is dark grey, very fire-resistant tree and will resprout from burnt trunk, fire helps to open cones to release seeds
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“Pinus flexilis male cones” by USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND. – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Limber Pine –

  • native to North America, found in Alberta and British Columbia, 5-10 metres tall, twisted tree with short limbs, needles are 3-9 cm in bundles of five, large, sticky, cylindrical cones are 8-20 cm, silvery gray bark with wide, scaly plates as it matures, popular food source for many animals, used as an ornamental


Lodgepole Pine

Lodgepole Pine –

  • Provincial tree of Alberta, native to North America, found in British Columbia and Alberta, up to 30 metres tall, slender, straight trunk, sharp, twisted needles are 3-7 cm long in bundles of two, cones are 3-6 cm and are curved back towards the branch with sharp pricks on their tips, thin bark is yellowish brown and scaly, as with other pines fire helps release the seeds from cones and it is one of the first trees to come back after fire, trees were used to build homes and lodges for First Nations people, resin was used as a base for many medicines, used for railway ties, construction, fence posts, plywood



“PonderosaPinebarkidaho” by Jami Dwyer (talk · contribs) – http://www.flickr.com/photos/74281168@N00/191429570/. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Ponderosa Pine –

  • native to Canada, found in British Columbia, 25-30 metres tall, straight trunk, sharp, slender needles are 12-28 cm in bundles of three, oval cones are 7-14 cm, thick, bright orangey-brown bark in flat, flaky plates, long deep roots, First Nations people used for making dugout canoes, resin used to waterproof moccasins, also used for making doors, windows, panelling


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Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service (retired), Bugwood.org Creative Commons License licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Western White Pine –

  • native to Canada, found in British Columbia, up to 60 metres tall, straight trunk, soft, slender needles 5-10 cm long in bundles of five, cylindrical cones 10-25 cm long, initially thin bark, grows darker and with small rectangular plates, susceptible to white pine blister rust, used for furniture making, molding, trim


Whitebark Pine

Whitebark Pine –

  • native to Canada, found in Alberta and British Columbia, listed as endangered species at risk in Canada, range in size from shrub to 20 metres tall depending upon where it is located, stiff, smooth needles 3-9 cm in bundles of five, oval to round cones 3-8 cm, seeds favoured by Clark’s nutcracker, highly susceptible to white pine blister rust


**Bonus Pine Tree**

Scots Pine

Scots Pine

  • non-native pine, ReForest London does NOT recommend for planting in London, Ontario, one of the most popular Christmas tree varieties (even though it is native to Europe & Asia), grows up to 18 metres, twisted needles are 2.5-5 cm in bundle of two, holds its needles well (hence its popularity as a Christmas tree), hard cones point backward and are up to 8cm, thick dark-gray bark, favoured by deer, loved by Canadians for Christmas trees
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History Lesson: Baumbeobachter Trees

Baumbeobachter tree

An example of a Baumbeobachter or OP tree

This week we celebrate Remembrance Day. We are tasked with honouring and remembering those who served, both in wars past and in peacekeeping missions today. While we often think of soldiers running into battle, wounded veterans, and crosses row upon row to mark those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom, there are other images that should give us pause as well. And one of those images from the past is of what appears to be a simple tree.

On first glance, the tree in the photograph above looks no different from what you would expect of any other battle-scarred trees which existed across Europe during World War I. If you look a little closer though, you might notice the hole at the bottom of the tree. Many soldiers would have walked past the tree without noticing anything different about them, but this tree was far different from the others which would have surrounded it. It was a Baumbeobachter or O.P. tree. And they were a reasonably effective tool for those who went to the effort to construct them.

Baumbeobachters (German for ‘tree observer’) were constructed out of metal. They were essentially hollow metal tubes with a small seat inside of them. A ladder led up to the seat and observation holes allowed a view of the surrounding area. The outside was designed to look not only like a real tree, but a specific tree. Photographs and sketches were taken of real trees, which were then used to build a hollow replica of the original tree, where a soldier could sit unobserved. When the replica was completed, the original tree was cut down and replaced with the baumbeobachter. Soldiers entered the tree from below unobserved.

These observation posts (O.P.) were used as strategic lookouts and sniper posts by both Germans and British alike. One such German tree was captured in 1918, dismantled and shipped to Australia, where it now resides in the Australian War Memorial. It is an example of artistry, cunning and the extent to which people went to in the depths of war. They turned trees into tools of defence and destruction.

This week CLC Tree Services encourages you to pay your respects to those who have served our country. Don a poppy and visit a cenotaph. Talk to a veteran or someone who continues to serve our country today. However you do it, make sure you remember them and the sacrifices people make. Their history is ours and it deserves to be told and remembered.


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Skating to Integrity: #BBBAwards2015

Table at #BBBAwards2015

As a gold sponsor of the Better Business Bureau’s Business Integrity Awards, a table was in order for CLC Tree Services


Breakfast buffet

One of the perks of attending the #BBBAwards2015 was the excellent breakfast served up by the Hilton Hotel

It’s that time of year again. A time to come together and celebrate all things quality. To look at local businesses in London, Ontario and hold them up to the measure of integrity. Most importantly, a time to give a nod to efforts put forth by small businesses who demonstrate a level of business integrity worthy of note. Yes, it was time for the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario‘s annual Business Integrity Awards.





Curt, Anna Marie & Phuong Pham

Curt and Anna Marie McCallum reconnected with one of last year’s recipients of the Business Integrity Award; Phuong Pham of Fantastic Nails and Spa

This year’s 18th annual awards ceremony was another special morning for those in the London business community. It was a day for businesses to come together with other like-minded individuals to celebrate high ethical standards. There was opportunities to network with new businesses and reconnect with others whom they have associated with in the past. And that was all before the speeches began!


Curt & Anna Marie McCallum - owners of CLC Tree Services

Winners of the 2010 Business Integrity Award, founders of CLC Tree Services Curt and Anna Marie McCallum happily took part in #BBBAwards2015

Once coffee had been refreshed and plates whisked away, David Simpson of the Richard Ivey School of Business officially welcomed everyone to the event. He had the pleasure of introducing Mark Malerba, the chair of the BBB Board of Directors, who spoke of business integrity and what it means to businesses. After a short video featuring previous year’s winners and their take on what winning a Business Integrity Award meant to them (including our very own Curt McCallum), the videos from this year’s finalists were shown. While CertaPro Painters, Dustex Canada Cleaning Solutions and Lambton Audiology Associates were all nominated in Category I, for businesses of 1-10 employees, it was Old Castle Renovations who won the coveted prize for the 2015 Business Integrity Award. In Category II, for 11+ employees, National Truck League and Porky’s BBQ Hearth & Spa were nominated, with Selectpath Benefits & Financial being hailed the winner. The Rotary Club handed out scholarships to the winners, and then David Simpson returned to the stage to introduce the keynote speakers.

Scott Moir & Tessa Virtue

Tessa & Scott at the #BBBAwards2015

This year #BBBAwards2015 attendees were in for a treat. Ushered to the stage were none other than Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue; Olympic Medalists, World Figure Skating Champions and six-time Canadian National Champions. A lovelier couple with a more inspiring story we could not have had. They spoke of teamwork, cooperation, compassion, dedication and an honest love of what they do. For anyone not knowing their story, it was a genuine illustration of what can be achieved with hard work, drive and support from those around you. As David pointed out, their story gelled perfectly with everything the Better Business Bureau strives to uphold.

Meet & Greet Passes got CLC Tree Services backstage for a personal introduction to Tessa & Scott after the breakfast was through—a fitting end to a perfect morning

Meet & Greet Passes got CLC Tree Services backstage for a personal introduction to Tessa & Scott after the breakfast was through—a fitting end to a perfect morning

As Gold Sponsors, the people at the CLC Tree Services table, along with finalists, winners and other sponsors of the #BBBAwards2015 were invited backstage after the breakfast was done for a meet and greet with Tessa and Scott. Their smiles and charisma were not lost on those privy to a golden handshake with them. And hopefully that will not be the last that CLC Tree Services sees of them; Anna Marie discretely asked where the figure skaters called home nowadays and after hearing tell Scott is still in the Ilderton area on a small farm, suggested he contact CLC the next time he needed tree service work.

Promises of work on a Friday with wine were made! Now to book it…

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Meet Me Under the Toadstool at Camp Orenda

Welcome to Camp Orenda

Welcome to Camp Orenda

Guiding Promise
I Promise to do my best,
To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada
I will take action for a better world
And respect the Guiding Law

This is the Guiding Promise for Girl Guides of Canada. Every girl guide that joins guiding has to know, honour and respect this promise in everything they do.

There were chippers, stump grinders, skid steerers and bucket trucks, like the one Luke is in on hand to assist the crews during the Day of Service

There were chippers, stump grinders, skid steerers and bucket trucks (like the one Luke is in), on hand to assist the crews during the Day of Service

Taking action for a better world is something that CLC Tree Services tries to do as well. So when Calvin McCallum went out to do an estimate at Camp Orenda for the Girl Guides, he must have channeled his inner Brownie Owl, as he offered something a little better than doing tree services on the most pressing tree issues on the 100 acre site. Calvin looked around, noted far more issues than Barb Robinson’s budget would allow and asked if she would be interested in offering up Camp Orenda for an OCAA Day of Service.

clearing brush

Mixed crews from the tree services companies on hand worked together during the OCAA Day of Service at Camp Orenda

Needless to say, Barb, the Property Maintenance Coordinator for Camp Orenda, was thrilled. While she had originally thought to spend maybe $1000 to deal with some trees which had branches resting on hydro lines, there was far more work to be done. Calvin went right to work to contact Arbortech Professional Tree Care, Chatham Tree Services, Davey Tree Service and Olympic Tree Care to ask them whether they would participate in a Day of Service at Camp Orenda. The response was unanimous. All of the companies agreed to send a mix of crews, equipment and to donate their time towards tree services for Camp Orenda.

Working with different tree services companies builds a new sense of camaraderie amongst arborists

Working with different tree services companies for a day builds a new sense of camaraderie amongst arborists

A month after Barb originally contacted Calvin, the arborists arrived. Once the hydro was cut off, Calvin assigned everyone into groups and dispersed them throughout three main areas at the camp. A large willow tree and smaller apple trees, maples, walnuts and hawthorns were tackled by members of CLC, Chatham and Olympic Tree Services. Down the hill, more crews from Davey, CLC and Olympic worked at cutting down a black walnut, trimming a sycamore, and clearing the access road. Hydro lines were cleared up and down the hill, as well as trees being pruned back along an access stairwell. Across the field, Chatham and Arbortech cut down more trees and cleaned up a wilderness area. And despite a forecast of rain, the crews all managed to stay dry under the gray skies.

Spirits were far from gloomy for the Camp committee members on hand though. Barb, Jill, Patti, Lisette, Sue and Joanne put out snacks and coffee for the crews in the morning, then went to work on preparing lasagna for lunch. As the canopy under the willow rose, their smiles increased in size.

“We never could have afforded the work that went on today,” Barb confided.

Working together, all the crews on hand were able to make Camp Orenda a little safer for the many Girl Guides who use the camp

Working together, all the crews on hand were able to make Camp Orenda a little safer for the many Girl Guides who use the camp

As Calvin estimated the tree work that went on would have cost upwards of $13,000, Barb was probably right. Budgets are tight and tree service work wasn’t on them. And while often it is cheaper to get work done before there is an issue, Barb knew only too well the scope of damage that could have resulted if any of the many trees that were in need of TLC came down in a storm. There was far less money for that. Which made their level of appreciation that much higher.

“This is just fabulous,” remarked Guider Jo as she snapped picture after picture of the tree work going on. “We received an award from Tree Heritage for planting thousands of trees with the help of Kettle Creek Conservation Area*, but we never could have done this. As there are girls out here for camps most weekends throughout the year, this means so much to us.”

*Camp Orenda is surrounded by Kettle Creek and the Carolinian Forest.

The Camp Committee and all the arborists posed under the OCAA banner to commerate the day

The Camp Committee and all the arborists posed under the OCAA banner to commemorate the day

As the work day wound down and a white pine was planted to help commemorate the day, Barb called everyone together to offer thanks. Camp Orenda is one of the biggest Girl Guide camps in southwestern Ontario and services not only girls from London, but from all over Ontario and the world. And what are Girl Guides best known for, but Girl Guide cookies of course! So everyone was encouraged to help themselves to a box of cookies as a small token of appreciation from the Camp Committee and the Girl Guides of Canada on their way out. And I think that was a fair trade for the cookie lovers among the arborists.

A tasty treat for taking part in the Day of Service—Girl Guide cookies!

A tasty treat for taking part in the Day of Service at Camp Orenda—Girl Guide cookies!

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