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CLC Tree Services crew

We strive do our best for our customers.

BBB Integrity AwardHere at CLC Tree Services, we like to think we do a good job of making our customers happy when we provide tree services. We promptly respond to phone and email inquiries, and organize estimates as quickly as we can. Once a customer decides to move forward with their tree services, we then schedule the work to be done. Any required permits or extra equipment necessary to complete a job are arranged beforehand. The day of the job, uniformed employees arrive on time, perform the necessary work and leave the work site clean and hopefully better than it was before we arrived. This is all part of the job.

Logo BEST OF LONDON 2015 WINNERWe could brag further about our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, winning the BBB Business Integrity Award in 2010 and being nominated the year before, and the two years in a row of winning the London Free Press Best Tree Services of London award. Yes, we are proud of all of those accomplishments. When customers tell us how much they appreciate our professionalism, care of their property, efficiency and thoroughness of our work, we know we are succeeding at what we do. Your praise, your words are the reason we strive to do our utmost as arborists. We do our best and appreciate when it is noticed.

Thank YOU!


~ Dorothy Rodrigues, Kirsten Martyn and Cameron Hogarth
“We were very pleased with the excellent job Calvin and the crew did pruning our trees.  The team was efficient, thorough, and professional.  Friends and family have complimented us on how nice the trees look, and the improvement to our property.  Thank you CLC Tree Services!”

~ Yolanda Postma
“We were so VERY impressed with the work that was done at our home this past weekend…very professional, very efficient, very organized…and our very large flower beds were completely unharmed in the process!   ….Thanks again for your professionalism and great service.”

~ Jean and Arthur Hudson
“This is a letter of appreciation of CLC for the superb care given to the removal of dead trees, about 14 in all, over the last half a dozen years. Most of these were large old trees infected by the hickory bark beetle. Their attention was swift and complete at a fair price, a benefit to us with such a larger number of trees. The felling of the trees was precise on property very close to our house. Curt and his son were especially courteous in their attention to our needs in caring for the property. We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending their services in tree and stump removal.”

~ Kenneth Hoare, General Manager, Indian Hills Golf Club
“I just wanted to send you a quick letter to let you know that we are extremely pleased with your completed work at Indian Hills Golf Club. From our initial contact… right up to the coordination of your on-site arrival… should be commended. …showed a great deal of respect for the property… ”

~ Shirl Fath, Expeditor, North Star Vinyl Windows
“I just wanted to take the time to thank you for trimming my 80 foot maple tree and removing all the limbs and brush from the park. Your crew arrived on time and the cleanup was swift and complete. The price was competitive. I am very satisfied with the service and would recommend your company to anyone who needs tree service.”

** If you have had tree services performed by CLC Tree Services and been pleased with our work, please let us know. We appreciate the feedback! **

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Match the Maples

Everyone recognizes the glorious leaf on the Canadian flag; the iconic maple leaf forever! Did you know that there are over 125 species of Acer trees and 10 of them are native to Canada? Can you tell one maple from another?


Let’s see who really knows their maple trees. Match the maple leaves pictured below with the correct species of maple tree.


Norway maple


  • AMUR
Japanese Maple


"2014-10-30 10 08 26 Red Maple foliage during autumn along Dunmore Avenue in Ewing, New Jersey" by Famartin - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


Silver Maple


Manitoba Maple


Striped Maple; Image Source




Amur maple: Image Source;


  • RED
"Acer-pseudoplatanus" by user:JoJan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.



Sugar Maple Image Source;






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Anyone Care for a Coffee?

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Everyone likes coffee, don’t they? Well, you should! How about the Kentucky Coffee Tree? While you can’t get a latte from one, they are a pretty special deciduous tree. They are native to Southwestern Ontario, but sadly are also considered a species at risk by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. These threatened trees are deserving of a little attention, so that more people do something to help increase their numbers.

Kentucky Coffee Trees are a medium to tall tree, grow approximately 15-25 metres high and live for 100-150 years. They have grayish-brown bark with deep fissures and plates which curl at their edges. The wood is a hard, heavy density with good durability, so appreciated by cabinet makers and carpenters.

Kentucky Coffee Tree podsKentucky Coffee Trees have the distinction of having the largest leaves of any tree in Canada; you won’t find anything bigger than their 60 by 90 cm leaves. Similar to honey locusts, they have bipinnately compound leaves, with 5-9 pairs of pinnae with the lowest leaves appearing as simple leaflets. The leaflets are ovate shaped with a pinkish hue in spring when they emerge in May/June, turning to green in summer and golden-yellow in the fall. As their leaves drop early, the Kentucky Coffee Tree has been nicknamed Chicot (Dead Tree) by French Canadians; an apt name for its barren look in winter. The latin name is Gymnocladus dioicus.

Kentucky coffee tree pod

The large reddish-brown pod of a Kentucky Coffee Tree

Greenish white flowers appear in June after the leaves emerge. They are dioecious, meaning trees are either male or female. This accounts for one of the reasons for its scarcity, as both a male and female tree need to be in close proximity to produce seeds. The hard brown seeds are found within a 15-25 cm long thick, slightly curled reddish-brown pod. It is also extremely difficult to break open, lending to more difficulty in natural propagation.

Kentucky Coffee Tree Seed

There are 4-8 tough, leathery seeds inside the pods of the Kentucky Coffee Tree

Kentucky Coffee Trees are shade intolerant trees that prefer moist rich soils. They are often found on floodplains, but can tolerate droughts, flooding, rocky or sandy soils. As they are quick-growing trees and fairly pest-free, they are a great choice for urban trees. It is important to note though that the leaves, seeds and pulp are considered toxic, so should not be planted near areas where livestock graze. Of course, some early settlers and Native Americans roasted the beans to eat or turn into a coffee-like beverage. Perhaps using the seeds in games would be a better alternative though.

If you are debating planting a tree or two, the Kentucky Coffee Tree should be one to consider. Make sure you find it from an ethical source and plant it in a location it will thrive. After that, enjoy this beautiful native tree for years to come.

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Kentucky Coffee Tree with pods

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5 Reasons to Plant a Tree Today

Oak Tree Seedling

Plant a tree today!


  1. Food – Trees provide food for insects, birds, animals and people! Everything from the flowers, fruit, nuts, bark, leaves and even the roots; they all offer nutrition to different creatures at different times. We couldn’t live without them!
  2. Mood – Studies have proven that spending time near trees helps to boost our mood. They help us relax, reduce stress, increase energy, lower blood pressure, speed up recovery time after illness, surgery, and/or hospital stays, increase focus, improve sleep, and so much more.
  3. Privacy – Neighbours are great, but sometimes you just need a little privacy; whether it be for your late night skinny dips, so no one sees your knickers on the laundry line, or so that you can finish that book you are tearing through in peace—a big leafy tree gives you the privacy you seek and security you desire. And as an extra perk, they increase your property value!
  4. Ecology – Trees provide oxygen, clean the air, act as carbon sinks, filter water, improve soil erosion, reduce noise pollution, serve as a windbreak, save energy by shading buildings to reduce energy costs, and they even reduce glare created by urban buildings and asphalt.
  5. Nature – Aside from all of these other factors, trees are good for nature. They attract birds, who use them for food, shelter, and perches. They are home to plenty of insects, which are an integral part of the food chain. Other animals use them for homes, food sources, protection from other animals and temporary resting spots, like deer, squirrels, raccoons and many more.

Trees are beautiful in so many ways. Whether you find value in them aesthetically, monetarily, ecologically, or emotionally, trees are a necessary part of our world. We can always use a few more, so why not plant one today. And don’t forget to get it counted for London, Ontario’s Million Tree Challenge. Every tree counts.


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A Look at Safety Gear for Arborists

Historical pic of arborists

Arborists were minimalist when it came to safety gear a few years ago

In days long ago, arborists headed off to work in no more than their hat and suspenders, but in today’s world a few more items are necessary. Tree care can be a challenging line of work and safety equipment is key in keeping arborists safe on the job. There aren’t many folks who sport suspenders anymore, but they make up for it in all the safety gear they wear.

Did you know an average saddle weighs at least 20 lbs? That’s before you attach your chainsaw too…

Calvin & Curt

You can’t miss Calvin and Curt in their orange CLC Tree Services shirts

Safety starts long before the truck leaves the yard. The first thing the CLC Tree Services crew puts on in the morning are their bright orange shirts. It’s hard to miss the blast of orange when they are tucked high in a leafy green tree or found deep in a dim forest. Plus, this year’s newest shirts sport a reflective X across the back and a band that runs around the middle.

There is plenty more gear than that though. From carabiners to ropes and helmets to harnesses, the gear adds up; both for safety’s sake and dollar wise.

Safety equipment for arborists

From sunscreen to throw bags, safety is taken seriously in the arboriculture industry

People who work in the tree services industry need to think about protecting;

  • their eyes – safety glasses
  • their heads – helmets
  • their skin – sunscreen, insect repellent, long pants
  • their feet – work boots
  • their hands – work gloves, climbing gloves
  • their ears – ear muffs & plugs

And that is before they even fire up a chainsaw.


When it comes to rope, you can never have too much

Throwlines help get rope into hard-to-reach areas, thereby saving an arborist difficult maneuvering.

Ropes come in handy in all aspects of tree care. Colour is just one choice when it comes to availability. There are rigging lines, tree climbing ropes, cordage, and they all come in different lengths, diameters and flexibility. Whether you are climbing or using it to manipulate trees into or out of position, rope is one of the most essential items of gear needed for arborists today.

For those who climb up into trees, a harness or saddle are mandatory safety gear as well. Not only do they come with gear loops and leg straps, but comfort and sizing needs to be taken into consideration when choosing equipment that just might save your life as you dangle 80′ in the air.

carabiners & lanyards

These colourful carabiners and lanyards are essential to tree services

There are smaller accessories that are just as important though. A good carabiner not only holds your gear and you, but comes in a wide range of sizes and colours. Lanyards are plenty colourful too, plus help to create second points of attachments or help to keep you in place in a tree. Pulleys can get gear into the tree, help with your rigging and are another essential tool for the job. As are splicing tools and pocket knives, to name a few other tools.

These are all tools to keep arborists a little safer on the job. While rope might cost you up to $500 for a top of the line product, when you consider it is protecting a life, plus the happiness of their family, friends and co-workers, it is well worth it. And it sure beats relying on suspenders, don’t you think?

Safety gear

CLC takes safety seriously. Here’s our newest addition to our gear from the recent Aerial Rescue Training

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