My Tree Care Philosophy

Trees are living beings and deserve respect. There is a lot of work done on trees that is not in their best interest. Routine practices performed from habit that ignore the tree's present state can be very injurious. An example would be standard thinning and shaping performed on a tree that is infected with a disease.

Trees get all their energy from the sun, mostly through their leaves or needles. The rest comes from photosynthetic tissue in young bark. Too much pruning not only stresses a tree, but forces it to generate suckers or shoots to try to replenish the lost leaf mass. There is a delicate balance among the leaves, branches, trunk and roots. Suckers are an indicator of too much pruning and top die-back can signal root damage.

When inspecting a tree, knowing how it compares to others of the same species is essential for understanding how the individual is doing. Experience counts: the more trees you have seen, the better. Being able to see clearly and access carefully is the greatest gift I can bring to a tree. Once we see clearly, knowing what to do is easy.

Calgary Soils

Once the trees and shrubs, the bones of a garden, are taken care of we can turn our attention to the flower and vegetable beds. Calgary's soils deserve some discussion.

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Tree Pruning Theory

Trees, trees, everywhere. We tie our clotheslines to them, we hang our block heater cord from them, we use them for making a fence.

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Watering Calgary Trees

Water truly is the essence of life, all the more so in our continuing drought. Unable to move to water, trees are totally reliant on rain and snowfall and what you apply.

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Proper Tree Pruning

In order to prune trees, not only is some idea of tree function needed, but also a good understanding of the branch-trunk interaction zone.

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