Plant communication is real thing and dates back to 1983, when two studies confirmed that certain plants and trees were able to protect themselves from insect attacks. According to the reports, willow trees, poplars and sugar maples began releasing a chemical to prevent bug infestation as soon as they discovered that their neighbouring trees were under attack. In other words, these trees were able to send, receive and understand messages to safeguard themselves against potential insect attacks.
It has been proven in studies that plants seem to increase their production of the chemical as soon as they detected other organic compounds or threats in the air. Astoundingly, plants are able to react through this defence mechanism to protect themselves from being attacked by herbivores.
Interesting Facts about Plants and Trees:
- Plants have the ability to recognize similar plants and will provide them with special treatment, competing less for helpful resources like root space than when surrounded by unknown plants.
- The smell of freshly cut grass is actually a plant distress call.
- When some plants are being eaten by caterpillars, they send chemical signals, or SOS calls, to wasps that swarm and attack the caterpillars.
- The entire dandelion plant is edible. The leaves provide Vitamin K, the flowers can be used to make wine, the root can be used to make a brewed drink, and it is also present in several soft drinks.
- Most trees are made up of 99% dead cells. The only living components are the leaves, root tips, and phloem, which is a thin layer of under bark that acts as a food delivery system.
Without proper tree care in Calgary, your garden will be vulnerable to pests and disease, which can prevent proper growth and eventually kill other living organisms in the area. The arborists at ArborCare offer professional health maintenance programs for residences, business owners and municipalities to ensure the lasting beauty and life of your trees and plants.
If your tree is leaning more than usual or you have noticed dead and diseased wood, we can take care of these issues immediately, so you can get back to enjoying your beautiful landscape.
Call us toll-free at 877-444-8733 or contact us online and we will help answer any questions you may have about tree care in Alberta and British Columbia, servicing Edmonton,Calgary, Kelowna, Vernon, and Medicine Hat.