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              ConservaTree’s
              Residential Tree Care
services
or Arborist Consulting services and how they can
enhance the beauty and value
of your property.
 

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              An Arborist’s career
              is centered around
              maintaining the health
and beauty of trees.
At ConservaTree we take pride
in our commitment to tree care
and preservation.

TREE CARE MAINTENANCE

              Contact ConservaTree
              in London, ON at
              (519) 670-0882 or click here, to set up an appointment today and discover why ConservaTree is the leader in Residential Tree Care.
 

PROFESSIONAL TREE CARE

              When you hire the
              team of arborists at
              ConservaTree, you can rest assured that the work will be completed by ISA certified professionals who take pride in staying up to date with the latest industry standards for proper tree care. Learn more about ISA standards here.

INDUSTRY STANDARDS

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Are your trees healthy and vibrant, or stressed and declining?  The certified arborists at ConservaTree are always available to assess your trees and offer up helpful suggestions or treatment plans. Be sure to get an educated opinion about the state of your trees before you make any decisions about removal or pruning.

As a general rule, a tree under stress is much more likely to be affected by insect and disease issues. It will also have more difficulty recovering from pruning cuts. This is why proper care to ensure optimum vitality of trees is so important. In addressing vitality (or lack thereof), we advise our customers to start with the basics:

1. Sun

What are the sunlight requirments of the plant? Can pruning of nearby trees encourage more light availability for the tree in question? Optimum sunlight can make a tremendous difference in the growth and vitality of trees, yet once a tree is planted,  sunlight is usually the factor that we have the least control over. For this reason, among others, it is always a good idea to talk to an arborist before you plant a tree. An arborist can help you visualize what the tree might look like many years from now and can assist in recommending planting sites that are suitable.

2. Soil

Soil contains 4 basic components: mineral material (sand/silt/clay), organic material (decomposted leaf and plant matter, etc.), air and water. These basic components, along with their essential macro and micro nutrients, network of beneficial symbiotic fungi, and delicate pH balance, are all essential elements for good quality soil that will nurture and support plant growth. When these elements are properly balanced and proportioned they allow for optimum absorption of water and nutrients, gas exchange, and structural support for tree roots. When these elements are out of proportion, trees will fail to thrive, and if not addressed, will lead to stress, decline, and possibly death.

3. Water

Most trees, especially in warm, sunny weather will use a lot of water. Mature trees have been known to use 300-500 L of water per day, or more! Most of this water is absorbed by the fine root hairs that reside in the upper 8-12 inches of soil. In addition to providing an essential ingredient for photosynthesis and cellular respiration, water also provides the medium for nutrient absorption, as most macro and micro nutrients are only available when dissolved in water.

Lack of water can lead fairly quickly to a loss of vigour and vitality, characterized by drooping leaves and premature colour change. If not addressed soon enough, this stress will contribute to overall decline and in extreme cases can lead to the death of a tree. This is why watering our trees is so important in drought conditions. Watering should ensure that soil is moist to a depth of 8-12 inches. Drip irrigation systems or soaker hoses work well because they use less water by reducing runoff and evaporation.

Just as a lack of water is a serious condition for trees, an excess of water is also very dangerous. Tree roots are constantly exchanging carbon dioxide and oxygen in the soil. Where there is too much water and not enough drainage, gas exchange is disrupted and the tree will go into decline.

4. Mulch

A nice thick layer of partly composted, organic mulch is highly recommended for all trees. Mulch around the root zone of a tree helps to mimic the forest floor environment in which trees evolved.  The benefits of mulch for urban trees cannot be overstated:

a. mulch helps regulate soil moisture, reducing evaporation and the need for supplemental watering.

b. mulch helps regulate soil temperature, keeping soil warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

c. mulch breaks down over time, providing nutrients and organic matter which helps improve soil fertility.

d. a thick layer of mulch helps reduce the germination and growth of weeds, minimizing their ability to compete with trees for water and nutrients.

e. over time, mulch can help with soil aeration and drainage

f. mulch helps to keep weed whackers and lawn mowers away from the sensitive root flare area of trees (where the trunk meets the soil). Mechanical injuries from these yard maintenance tools can cause serious injury to trees, particularly young, developing saplings and newly planted specimens.

 

VITALITY ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT PLANS