Tree Care in Late Winter: Why you Should Book your Estimate Today

The calendar has rolled over to March. People have begun counting down the days til the official start to spring. Less than three weeks! Can’t wait.

Before you unpack your shorts and sandals though, take the time to look around your yard. Now is the perfect time to have your trees inspected by a Certified Arborist to see how they fared over the winter. Here are a few reasons why;

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Tree Care in Late Winter

  • An arborist can spot dead and damaged limbs without having to peer through new leaves.
  • The overall shape of a tree can be more readily determined without leaves present and can be pruned accordingly.
  • Trees go dormant over the course of the winter. By late winter, a tree can be pruned, without risk of insect attacks.
  • Sap is only beginning to move within trees, so any cuts made to a tree at this time of year won’t bleed as readily and will close faster.
  • The ground is still relatively firm, if not frozen, so any heavy equipment which may be needed will potentially cause less damage to surrounding landscape.
  • Most people think of yard work as a summer pastime. You can beat the spring rush by booking an estimate today, before the spring season is fully underway.
  • Properly cared-for trees add value to your home or business, while poorly maintained trees may become an expensive liability.

CLC Tree Services has tended trees in the Forest City for over 25 years. We are highly knowledgeable, professional and truly care about offering the best tree services possible for homeowners and businesses in London and area. Estimates are always free and emergencies always take priority. Contact us today to have one of our arborists inspect your trees. Call 519-685-0257

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Canadian Tree Sculptures

Winter is winding down. Spring will be here in a little under a month. I don’t know about you, but that gets me in mind of summer roadtrips. You have to book early for many places though, so now is the time to start planning.

So what are you doing this year? Driving from coast to coast? Checking a handful of places off your bucket list? Perhaps revisiting your favourite tried and true locales? Can we make a suggestion? Why not hit the road to check out some trees! Not only are there tens of thousands of trees throughout Canada, but we also have some really cool tree sculptures too. You should add some of these to your list of things to see and place to go in Canada this year. Get motoring!

Canadian Tree Sculptures

British Columbia

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Kakaso’Las Totem in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC; Carved by Ellen Neel

The west coast of Canada is well known for its totem poles; the ultimate in tree carving sculptures. Typically, west coast totems are carved from western red cedar using adzes, chisels, axes, carving knives, and more recently, chainsaws. Totems represent family legends and lineage, are used as memorial markers, to commemorate events, and also come in handy to help hold up ceremonial longhouses. Everything from the choosing of the specific tree, to the raising of the totem is sacred and is duly celebrated via ceremonies. And after years of the government trying to assimilate First Nations peoples, and take away their cultural customs, we have finally come back to appreciating these beautiful totems – pure tree art at its best. You can find them throughout BC, but Stanley Park in Vancouver has beautiful totems representing many of the First Nations groups from around coastal British Columbia.

Saskatchewan

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Soldiers Tree in Estevan; Carved by Darren Jones

There is a tree sculpture under way in Saskatchewan which aims to capture the essence of Canada in a different way. The Estevan Soldiers Tree is being carved by Darren Jones under the direction of Lester Hinzman, Marie Calder, and a committee of people dedicated to seeing a memorial to World War II soldiers erected in Saskatchewan. There are still finishing touches to be made to the 18-foot-tall tribute carving, but once it is completed, this tree sculpture will be a thing of awe to remind people of the sacrifices Canadian soldiers made in the Second World War. Definitely worth the drive to Estevan.

Nova Scotia

Downtown Amherst, NS might not be on the top of your bucket list, but it should be! This gateway city has several good carved tree sculptures scattered throughout the downtown area. From the first sculpture—Acadian Settler, carved in 2004 by Albert Devereau—to the many subsequent carvings—including the Fathers of Confederation welcome sign by Bruce Hebert—this city is a hidden gem of tree art. Whether you stay for the trees, or just admire them on your way through to the rest of Nova Scotia is up to you, but make a point of stopping to snap a picture or two.

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One of 43 tree sculptures carved in Truro, NS; Truro’s Father of Confederation, Sir Adams G. Archibald; Carved by Albert Deveau

Nova Scotia has more tree treats in store for the tree sculpture admirers amongst us. Approximately 100 km down the road from Amherst, you will find the Tree Sculpture Capital of Nova Scotia—Truro, NS. When Truro’s majestic elm tree population was devastated by Dutch Elm disease, the town decided to turn their loss into a win by hiring Albert Deveau in 1999 to transform a dead elm into a sculpture of Sir Adams G. Archibald (Truro’s Father of Confederation). Since then, 43 sculptures have been created, by Deveau, Ralph Bigney and Bruce Wood. Stop by the Truro Welcome Centre to pick up a guide to where you can find them in historic Truro.

Ontario

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You can find The Hobbit House; Carved by Walter vanderWindt in the Orangeville Art Walk of Tree Sculptures

A little closer to home you will find a few more tree sculptures in Orangeville, ON. More than a few actually. The first tree sculpture was created in 2003, but now 55 sculptures line the streets of Orangeville. Created by 19 tree carving artists from around Ontario, the many sculptors have captured historical figures, tree spirits, art, and the heart and soul of Orangeville. If you’ve ever heard of a tree carver, you will probably find their artwork here.

Of course, you don’t have to go much further than out your front door to find incredible tree sculptures. London, ON has our very own Tree Trunk Tour with 23 incredible tree sculptures around the city, with contributions from Robbin Wenzoski, Neil Cox, Mike Minia, Ted Hayes, Nancy Wood, and Mary-Ann Jack-Bleach. While many of the sculptures center on businesses along Hamilton Rd, there are also tree carvings downtown, at the London Tourism office on Wellington Ave, and at Kiwanis Park. You can spend the day checking out amazing art and still be home for dinner! Now that’s a perfect way to spend the day in our books.

Enjoy the tour!

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The Common Hoptree: Not as Common as We’d Like

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Common Hoptree

Ptelea trifoliata (otherwise known as the Common Hoptree) contrary to its name, is far from common. While you can find this native tree along the shores of Lake Erie in sandy areas, the Hoptree is considered a threatened species in Canada. It is only found in limited areas in Southwestern Ontario and Quebec. Its range stretches down to Florida, but north of the border, habitat destruction curtails where you can find it. And sadly, that habitat loss is directly linked to human activities; ie. trees being removed for cottages and beaches being groomed for leisure. But the plight of the Common Hoptree is far from over.

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Samaras containing seeds of the Common Hoptree

While the Hoptree is threatened, it needn’t be a lost cause. This small, deciduous tree or large shrub prefers full sun. It has smooth, reddish-brown bark and glossy green, alternate, compound leaves found in 3 leaflets. Creamy white flowers appear in early summer and give way to clusters of winged samara containing 1-3 seeds. Both leaves and flowers are highly aromatic, although not necessarily consider pleasant by many people. The leaves turn yellow in the fall, but the brown samara remain throughout winter for seasonal interest, not to mention added sound, as they rattle audibly in the wind.

Map of existing Common Hoptree locations in Ontario

As the Common Hoptree is recognized as a threatened species, the government has taken steps to remedy that. A recovery strategy is in place, whereby hoptree populations are counted and monitored, and steps have been put into place to maintain existing populations, as well as encourage their growth. Some of those strategies include, education, stewardship, enforcement, and restoring damaged areas. You might have noticed signs on Lake Erie beaches about renaturalization projects and noticed that grooming has been curtailed in areas around where Common Hoptrees can be found.

What can you do to help this threatened tree? If you are planning on building a home or cottage near one of the sites where Common Hoptrees are, think about relocating the building or protecting the trees in the planning stage. Report sightings of trees you find to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Respect their habitat when you are in it. Encourage the presence of pollinators, like bees. Take only pictures and leave the tree to reestablish itself, so that generations to come might enjoy this native tree as much as we do today.

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