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ARBORIST BLOG

The Neighbour’s Tree

The Neighbour's Tree Rarely a week goes by that we don’t get a call from a prospective customer to inquire about their neighbour’s tree.  The one variable in most of these situations is the reasons why the customer is interested in the neighbour’s tree to begin with....

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Urban Wood Utilization

Urban Wood Utilization Quite often when people talk about what arborists do, they relate it to the stages in the life of a tree.  Arborists plant young trees, prune them as they get older, and cut them down when they become a hazard.  The final stage most often...

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Reasons for Tree/Branch Failure

Reasons for Tree/Branch Failure We hope that this in depth guide will help you understand exactly what you need to consider to protect yourself in the event that there is tree or branch failure. We also would like to provide you with 6 ways to protect yourself in case...

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Why Prune a Tree?

Why Prune a Tree? A question I have been asked is “If trees don’t get pruned in the forest, then why do we do it in the city?”.  So why prune a tree? That is a great question but it starts with an inaccurate premise. Trees in the forest do get pruned yet instead of a...

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Tree of the Week – Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba While it is not near as common as some of the other trees explored in this series, the Ginkgo Biloba's striking characteristics ensure that this tree won't go unrecognized in the urban treescape. Ginkgos are some of the oldest trees ever found on earth....

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Tree of the Week – Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) The thorns on a native Honey Locust make the thorns on a rose bush look like peach fuzz. But thankfully, while every rose has its thorns, this is not so with Honey Locusts. Most Honey Locusts that you will find have been cultivated...

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Learning Lessons from Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Learning Lessons from Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from EAB is that it indiscriminately attacked all ash trees irregardless of which species it was. White Ash, Blue Ash, Green Ash, Pumpkin Ash, Black Ash, etc. are all different...

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Tree of the Week – White Ash (Fraxinus americana)

White Ash (Fraxinus americana) It feels almost odd to examine the White Ash in its apparent post-mortem state in light of the onslaught of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). A few years from now, we may have no tree to even identify as a White Ash let alone the other 45+...

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Tree of the Week – Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) Some of you may be wondering, of all great trees in the Greater Hamilton area, why start a series with the Norway maple? As its name suggests, it is not native to Canada. It does not live too long. It doesn’t grow to great heights....

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Special thanks

Special thanks goes out to the Small Business Enterprise Centre at the City of Hamilton for helping DeVos Tree Care officially launch in Winter of 2015. Access to mentors in the field of accounting, law, marketing, and sales has been invaluable. The program enabled...

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6 ways to protect yourself in case of tree/branch failure

6 ways to protect yourself in case of tree/branch failure Unfortunately a lot of property owners often ask themselves the question as to how to protect themselves from tree/branch failure a little too late. If you're unfamiliar with the topic you will be able by the...

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Top 5 ways to keep your trees healthy

Top 5 Ways to keep your trees healthy 1. Treat the bark like its your skin​ In other words, avoid punctures, bruises, or lacerations as much as possible. Lawn mowers, aerators, weed whackers, are notorious for damaging trees. Some trees with thinner bark such as birch...

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