Proper Tree Planting Leads to Healthy Trees!

Proper Tree Planting Leads to Healthy Trees!

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Tree Planting

I recently checked up on a planting project that we did 2 years ago at Beavermead Campground in Peterborough. We planted 21 trees and I am happy to report that they are all doing great, and have grown substantially! Beavermead Tree Planting

Large strong trees come from small healthy trees.

When planting a tree, the most important place to start is with the right tree for the right location.  It’s important to consider the tree’s characteristics and requirements. This includes soil composition, soil moisture and available space for the tree to grow in. If any of these factors are missing, the health of the tree will be affected throughout its lifetime. Improper planting can cause the tree stress,  stunt its growth and make it more susceptible to pests and diseases.

Start on the right foot by hiring an expert to source healthy trees from a reputable nursery and then planting them properly. Now is the time to start planning, we can visit your property to look at potential locations and choose the best species. For more information on tree planting click here!

Call or email now to be placed on our planting list!

We are Hiring Ground Support!

We are Hiring Ground Support!

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We are Hiring Ground Support

WORK WHERE YOU PLAY, IN THE BEAUTIFUL KAWARTHAS!

Logan Tree Experts has provided quality tree care to the Kawartha region for over 10 years. We utilize the newest tools and techniques to perform safe and proper tree care while educating our clients on their tree care needs.

We are seeking a hardworking, self-motivated and safety conscious individual to join our team. The successful candidate will be capable of performing physically demanding manual labour in a variety of weather conditions.

Responsibilities:

Ground Support

  • Able to carry out all duties safely and efficiently
  • Perform ground support operations such as, but not limited to, rigging, cutting, brush management, chipping, etc.
  • Perform basic pruning techniques, following industry standards
  • Perform advanced rigging techniques to lower wood material from heights
  • Operate and maintain chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders and other equipment as per company standard operating procedures
  • Perform work site cleanup
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with clients, co-workers, and management
  • Ability to take direction and positive critique from supervisors and management
  • Complete all necessary paperwork (time sheets, project logs, project risk assessment forms)
  • Show up on time with a professional appearance, a positive attitude and ready to work.

Recommended Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an outdoor labour position
  • Formal Arboriculture, or related, training at a recognized College or University
  • Chainsaw training or certification
  • Chipper and stump grinder experience
  • First Aid/CPR (an asset)
  • Class G license with a clean driver abstract
  • Knowledge of industry rules and regulations

Starting Wage: $14.50 to $17.00 /hour

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to contact@logantreeexperts.com. This post will be removed when the job has been filled.

NEW: Peterborough Tree By-laws

NEW: Peterborough Tree By-laws

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On October 23rd, 2017, the City of Peterborough passed and implemented a Tree By-law and Woodland Conservation by-law. The creation of these by-laws mean that if you live within the City of Peterborough you will now need to apply for a permit to injure or destroy trees on your private property.

Since these by-laws can be difficult to understand, we have boiled it down to the key points listed below. The by-laws will effect each project differently depending on the type of tree work to be completed.  The purpose of both By-laws is to regulate the injury (usually pruning) or destruction (usually removal) of healthy trees or woodland in the City. The intent is to ensure the correct pruning of trees by an Arborist, that promotes their long-term health and survival, and, to ensure replacement of healthy trees when they are removed, to ensure the sustainability of the urban forest. The By-laws are not designed to prevent owners from removing healthy trees, when necessary, or pruning trees, when this promotes the health of the tree, and the way this is regulated is through the permitting process.

Tree Conservation Bylaw (17-120)

Tree Removal

  • Permit applications are required for the removal of all trees 15cm or more DBH (diameter at breast height) whether they are healthy, dead, dying or hazardous. It is recommended that an application is made for any tree, as the term is defined in the by-law.
  • There are no permit fees required for the removal of trees determined by the City as dead, dying, diseased, hazardous, or Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infested ash trees.
  • For trees deemed “in a healthy condition”, permit fees are as follows:
    $150 for 1-5 trees
    $300 for 6- 10 trees
    $600 for 11 or more trees
  • Permit fees are not required at the time of application submission. You will be notified if any fees apply to your application.
  • The by-law does not prevent the removal of healthy trees but may condition their replacement through the permitting process.
  • The removal of trees that are deemed “in a healthy condition” may require replacement at the following ratios:
    Trees 15-30cm DBH = 1 tree
    Trees 31-40cm DBH = 2 trees
    Trees 41-50cm DBH= 3 trees
    Trees 50cm+ DBH= 4 trees

Tree Pruning

  • Permit applications are required for pruning (of any kind) for trees 15cm or more DBH.
  • Pruning must be done following Good Aboricultural Practice and undertaken by an Arborist (as both terms are defined in the by-laws).
  • There are no permit fees required for pruning if completed following Good Arboricultural Practice.
  • There are no replacement conditions required for pruning if completed following Good Arboricultural Practice.

Bylaw and Application Form

17-120 – Tree Conservation By-Law
Tree Conservation By-law Application

Woodland Conservation By-law (17-121)

This by-law regulates the injury and or destruction of trees with  7.5cm DBH or more within woodlands (forested area) of 2.47 acres or 1 hectare in size or larger. If a tree is considered dead, dying or hazardous by the City, there is no fee, but a permit must still be obtained. Where a permit fee is applicable, a $300 fee will apply.

Bylaw and Application Form

17-121 – Woodland Conservation By-law
Woodland Conservation By-law Application

How to Apply for a Permit

As the Owner of the property on which the trees are growing, you can apply yourself using the application form found above.
However, we would recommend the following steps for advice on the condition of your tree or woodland and the likely fees and conditions that may apply. Remember that boundary trees (shared by multiple properties) will need the consent of the adjoining landowner before a permit can be issued.

Step 1 – Have an ISA certified Arborist visit your property to discuss your project.
Step 2 – With the assistance of an Arborist fill in the application form and create a map (you can use resources such as the City mapping program).
Step 3 – Email the application to treebylaw@peterborough.ca; drop it off at City hall; or have an Arborist or agent submit it on your behalf.
Step 4  – A City employee will visit your property to look at the trees at question and will respond via email with permit requirements.

For more information regarding the tree bylaw contact treebylaw@peterborough.ca or Phone 705-742-7777 extension 1813 or 1878.

Please note: We have created this synopsis of the by-laws with the information available to us and with the intention of helping you understand the information more easily. We advise you to contact the City of Peterborough Tree By-law department for information on how the by-law specifically affects you and your property.

Winter Tree Care Tips

Winter Tree Care Tips

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It looks like we are in for a good ol’ Canadian winter! As we hunker down in our warm, cozy homes for the season there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure our trees are healthy and safe come spring time!

Create a Snow Management Plan

Sometimes there’s so much snow that we don’t know where to put it! Wherever you choose to pile it be sure to keep it away from your trees. If you have your driveway plowed ensure that the contractor keeps a good distance from your trees to reduce the potential for contact which could cause wounds and subsequent access for pests and disease. Also, the pressure of a plow pushing snow against your trees can also have negative impacts on its bark and roots. Try to flag off an area where you would like the snow to be piled.

Keep Salt Away from your Tree’s Roots

The salt used on roads and driveways in the winter is great for reducing slips and slides but it can have a negative impact on our trees. When the snow melts and the salt soaks into the ground it can damage the roots and ultimately the health of your tree. If you follow the last tip and keep piles of snow away from the dripline of your trees (the extent of the tree’s canopy) you will be in good shape. If you are unable to do this, a thorough watering in the spring to leach the salts from the soil may help.

Keep Heavy Snow off your Tree Branches

When there has been a heavy snow and you notice your tree`s branches hanging low with the weight, it is a good idea to gently knock the snow off where possible. Using a broom, rake or shovel (and not standing directly underneath) gently knock the branches that are within reach. However, if there has been an ice storm and your branches are covered with ice, do not try to shake them since the branches could break and cause more harm than good.

Protect New or Exposed Trees

Newly planted trees have gone through considerable stress so it may be necessary to provide some additional protection for their first couple of winters. This rule applies more to coniferous trees (trees that have needles) but can apply to deciduous trees (those that loose leaves in winter) if they are exposed to strong winds in the winter. Wrapping conifers in burlap, or creating a burlap fence, can help to protect your trees and give them the greatest chance for survival.

Winter is a Great Time for Tree Work!

Homeowners often forget about their trees once the leaves fall and the snow piles up, however, winter is a great time to have an arborist visit your property. With your grass and gardens dormant, winter tree work is less invasive and can cause less disturbance. Tree removals are especially great to do in winter since there is less green material to manage. Cabling, bracing and deadwood pruning can also be completed in winter when the leaves aren’t present. Unlike the trees, Arborists don’t go dormant in the winter so it’s a great time of year to have them out to assess your tree when they can see the entire trunk and branch structure.

Winter is a harsh season and unfortunately your trees cannot escape it. Give them the attention they need to make it to spring healthy and safe. Are you unsure about the health or safety of your tree? Have one of our Certified Arborists/Tree Risk Assessors out to take a look and put your mind at ease.

Time to Book your Fall Fertilizer Application!

Time to Book your Fall Fertilizer Application!

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Call today to book your late fall fertilizing

Have you noticed that your tree has pale leaves or the growth has slowed? If so your tree may benefit from a deep root application of fertilizer! Good candidates for fertilizer are established trees that are not under stress from root damage or have pockets of internal decay. If you would like to learn more about our fertilizing program and whether your tree is a good candidate call or email our office today!

705-657-6916
contact(at)logantreeexperts.com

 

 

Storms Hit Central Ontario – Call the Experts!

Storms Hit Central Ontario – Call the Experts!

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Call the Storm Damage Experts!

If you were hit with the storm this week and need help clearing damaged trees- give us a call! Please don’t ruin your weekend trying to do it yourself!

Storm damaged trees can be very dangerous to remove  especially if they are hung up on other trees or buildings. They typically react differently and  may not fall the way you think. Advanced rigging techniques are often necessary to safely remove the damaged trees.

Call 705.657.6916 or email contact@logantreeexperts.com

Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend!

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Relax and Enjoy!

As you are relaxing in your lounge chair this weekend, take a look up at your trees and see if they require any TLC.

Here are some reasons to give us a call:

  • You see dead branches, cracks, seams or holes in your trees
  • Your trees are making sounds i.e. creaking, popping
  • You see mushrooms on or around the tree
  • You see woodpecker damage or ants on your trees
  • The tree is hazardous or dead (p.s. move your lounge chair!)
  • The tree is blocking a view and you would like to prune for sight lines
  • The tree is making contact with a structure
  • Branches are broken or hung up in the tree

Give us a call and we can put your mind at ease!

Time to book your Tree Planting and Fertilizer Application

Time to book your Tree Planting and Fertilizer Application

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Tree Planting

Tree PlantingSpring is a great time for tree planting. It allows the trees to get established before the heat of the summer sets in.

When it comes to planting trees  remember that, “Large strong trees come from small healthy trees”. When planting a tree the most important place to start is with the right tree for the right location.  It is important to consider the tree’s characteristics and requirements as well as soil composition, soil moisture and available space for the tree to grow in. If any of these factors are missing the health of that tree will be affected throughout its lifetime and the chance of failure in a storm increases dramatically.

We can help you decide the right location and type of tree for your property. We can source the best plant stock and make sure that it is planted properly.

Fertilizer ApplicationFertilizer Application

We offer Spring and Fall organic fertilizer applications to help keep your trees and shrubs healthy. We use an organic fertilizer that is injected into the upper layer of roots. For an even greater boost we can add mycorrhizae to the injection.

Matt Logan will speak at the Spring Cottage Life Show

Matt Logan will speak at the Spring Cottage Life Show

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Mark your Calendars for the Spring Cottage Life Show!

Matt Logan will be presenting on the main stage at the Spring Cottage Life Show! He will talk about the importance of keeping your trees healthy and safe and what to look for when hiring a professional arborist.

Spring Cottage Life ShowThe show runs at the International Centre in Toronto from March 31st to April 2nd. If you are interested in attending the show let us know and we might be able to find you free tickets or at least a discount! Email us at office@logantreeexperts.com for more details. For information on the Spring Cottage Life Show visit http://shows.cottagelife.com/show/spring-cottage-life-show/

We will be in booth 1225 in Hall 2 – make sure you stop by and say hi!

Great time for Winter Tree Work!

Great time for Winter Tree Work!

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Winter Tree Work

You might tend to forget about your trees once the leaves fall and the ground is covered in snow. However, winter is a great time for tree work, especially if your trees require deadwood pruning or removal!

In the winter your gardens and turf grass are dormant and have a layer of snow over them to protect them! Also in the winter we can access your cottage property over the ice if you are on an island or we can fell trees onto the ice that need to be removed along your shoreline.

Winter Tree workCall today and our ISA Certified Arborists will be ready to help you! Call 705.657.6916 or email contact@logantreeexperts.com.