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Trees through the Ages: Trees in Mythology

Since the beginning of history, humankind has regarded trees with wonder. Almost without exception, every people, through religion and culture, features myths and legends about trees. Many of these cultures still revere specific tree species today because of these stories and use them in their landscaping.

Low-Maintenance Trees for Your Yard

Owning a home brings the responsibility of managing the yard space around the home. That task involves more than mowing the lawn and pulling the weeds. It also entails landscaping a yard that matches your desires. For young families, the perfect yard often means a fenced-in area for kids to roam free. For retired couples,…

Winter Injury of Evergreens

Recognize the Symptoms of Winter Injuries Browning of evergreens in the spring is often a sign of winter injury. Since evergreens keep their needles all year, they lose moisture continuously and can easily become too dry. Symptoms Symptoms of winter injury will vary depending on the type of evergreen and the severity of the damage.…

Nutrient Deficiency

Learn the Causes of Poor Growth & Yellow Leaves Nutrient deficiency is the most common and serious cause for poor tree health in our region. Poor growth, lack of vigor, twig and branch dieback, pale green or yellow leaves are all symptoms of nutrient deficiency. Poor soil and soil with high alkalinity are the two…

Mechanical Injury

Treat the Wounds to Your Trees Regardless of the cause of injury, all wounds should be treated the same. Do not use pruning paint! Tar and heavy coatings of asphalt all tend to seal in decay and prevent or inhibit the production of callous tissue around the wound site. Generally, all that is needed is…

Fall Needle Shed

Causes of Needle Browning & Needle Shed Yellowing and browning of needles in the fall is a normal occurrence on pine, spruce, cedar and juniper. The discolouration, which affects the older needles closer to the trunk, can begin in early August and continue until freeze up. Needle drop can occur in the fall or over…

Dieback of Birch

Keep Your Birch Trees Watered & Healthy Birch dieback is usually caused by a lack of water. In their native habitat, birch grow in moist locations, usually near lakes and streams – conditions not found in most yards. Damage Sparse foliage and dead branches at the tops of birch trees are a common sight. The…

Plant Problems

Injuries, Nutrient Deficiencies & More Sometimes your trees and shrubs will experience noticeable problems for reasons that are not immediately apparent, and are not due to insects or disease. At ArborCare Tree Service, serving clients across Western Canada, we have the experience necessary to help keep your plants healthy. Whether your birch is suffering from…

Septoria Canker

Recognize Canker Spots in Your Trees Septoria canker is a fungal leaf spot disease of poplars and willows. There are several different species and forms of this disease. All produce typical brownish or black spots on leaf surfaces, malformed leaves, and can cause early defoliation. In more susceptible species, conspicuous overwintering cankers are formed, which…

Fireblight

How to Recognize Blight in Your Trees Fireblight is a destructive disease that attacks more than 75 different species of plants, all of which are in the Rosaceae family. In Alberta, fireblight is common on: apple, crabapple, pear, mountain ash, hawthorn, Saskatoon, cotoneaster, raspberry, plum, mayday and spirea. Because this is a very infectious disease,…

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