Tree Care

Do You Have Fruit Trees?  Before Long It May Be Time to Do Some Maintenance!

Photo courtesy Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food

 

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food has an informative fact sheet which gives some timely tips about pruning fruit trees.

 

Follow this link http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/00-005.htm#dormant  for some valuable information.

Planting New Trees?

You will find lots of information in the website Tree Canada, a not-for-profit, charitable organization established in 1992. Under the direction of a 11-member volunteer Board of Directors, Tree Canada provides education, technical assistance, resources and financial support through working partnerships to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in rural and urban areas.

Having a Problem With Your Tree?

Sometimes, in spite of all our hard work and care, our trees are suceptible to pests and diseases. The Ministry of Natural Resources of the government of Ontario has a great publication to help you to identify what may be the problem.  Common Pests of Trees in Ontario is a great resource with excellent illustrations which are sure to help you find out what is ailing your tree.  Just click on the link above.

Some Common Pests

Emerald Ash Borer
The emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, is a green beetle native to Asia. In North America the emerald ash borer is an invasive species, highly destructive to ash trees in its introduced range.

Scientific Name:  Agrilus planipennis

For more information about how to deal with this destructive pest go to these websites:

Box Elder Bug
The Pest Control Canada website gives a great description of the pesky insects which are becoming more and more of a nuisance during these cooler days of autumn:
“Box Elder Bugs cause concern in the autumn when they gather in considerable numbers on the warm outside walls of homes and sometimes find their way into houses looking for a suitable place to over winter.

When they gain entry to buildings through cracks or other openings they remain in wall cavities and will occasionally emerge inside the home in the spring.  They will not breed indoors, so there is no danger of starting an infestation. They cause no structural damage whatsoever but they can  spot interior furnishings with their droppings. They can’t bite, they don’t eat anything on the inside of your house, including house plants, and they won’t harm you, your family or your pets.”

For more information about this unwanted houseguest go to these informative websites:

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