Matt Logan is now an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist

Matt Logan is now an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist


Matt LoganCongrats Matt!

Matt Logan, owner of Logan Tree Experts, recently became a Board Certified Master Arborist. This is the highest level of certification that an arborist can receive from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This certification, which is held by only 7 arborists in Ontario, recognizes ISA Certified Arborists who have passed an extensive scenario-based exam covering all aspects of Arboriculture.

“My goal has always been to learn as much about trees as possible so that we can help our clients make educated decisions about the management of their trees.”, says Matt Logan. “At Logan Tree Experts, our mandate is to educate our clients on proper tree care and offer a tree service that focuses on quality, safety and excellent customer service”.

Matt is the head Sales Manager for Logan Tree Experts and is available for quotes or consultations. Logan Tree Experts offers planting plans, tree health evaluations, tree risk assessments, construction plans and tree inventories.

Manage your Ash trees for EAB – Protect them or Remove them!

Manage your Ash trees for EAB – Protect them or Remove them!

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Emerald Ash Borer larvae in Peterborough ON

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is in the Kawarthas! We have been removing dead ash trees and finding the borer larvae (photo below). Do not put off managing the ash trees on your property – protect them or remove them! The Borer has made a steady advance through Ontario since its arrival in Detroit in 2002, leaving devastation in its path.  Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa and all towns in between have struggling or dead ash trees due to EAB. Unfortunately no true ash tree (does not include Mountain Ash) is safe and will ultimately fall victim. However there are options for your ash trees. Read on to learn more……EAB on hand

Option One: Protection
One option for protection is the injection of TreeAzin, an approved biological insecticide. TreeAzin is a natural product made from Neem tree seeds. The Neem tree grows in India and many common household products such as bath soap are made from the seed extracts. As documented by the Canadian Forest Service, TreeAzin does not pose a significant risk to bees or other non-target species. TreeAzin is injected into the tree every two years and may only be applied by a licensed pesticide applicator and one who has been trained by the supplier of TreeAzin. Injections are completed from June until the end of August.

TreeAzin injectionOption Two: Removal
It is sad to think about removing our beautiful Ash trees but since it is inevitable that they will succumb to EAB, it is wise to remove them. Trees that are affected by EAB die quickly and are typically prone to collapse and breakage which can be a safety hazard. Also, the price for removal of a dead or unhealthy tree is greater than a healthy tree due to the increased risk to the Arborist and potential need for aerial lift equipment.


Call today to schedule a quote for TreeAzin injections or for the removal of your ash tree(s). We can have an ISA Certified Arborist look at your tree to let you know if it is healthy enough to protect.

Financial Assistance (City of Peterborough):
Attention all Peterborough residents with Ash trees. The CIty of Peterborough and TreeCanada are offering the TreeAzin treatment subsidy for private ash trees again this year (2016).

Information about the program and an application form is available on the TreeCanada releaf web page by clicking here. Click on the words ‘application form’. The form must be printed out, scanned and emailed to or dropped off at City Hall.

Contact us at 705-657-6916 or to help you through this process.

Two More ISA Certified Arborists on the Team

Two More ISA Certified Arborists on the Team


Congratulations to Andrew Dolan and Tracy Logan who recently passed their ISA Certified Arborist exams issued by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)! Andrew is joining the team this year as a Lead Arborist and Tracy Logan is coming on full time as the Office Manager, Tree Health Care Specialist and Manager of the Releaf program.

Logan Tree Experts is proud of our educated, experienced and passionate team. We didn’t chose the name Logan Tree Experts on a whim, we call ourselves ‘experts’ for a reason. We are the most ISA Certified tree service in the Kawartha region. We now have 4 ISA Certified Arborists on staff including a Certified Tree Risk Assessor and Climber Specialist.

Our goal is to be the tree care service that you call if you want to keep your tree healthy and who you call when you want your tree removed safely and efficiently. As we grow our team we do so by hiring individuals with the same morals, ethics and dedication to the industry as we have.

Our Mission Statement:

Logan Tree Experts is a professional, full service tree care company offering tree planting, pruning, removal and more. We work with our clients to care for their trees in a safe, efficient and ethical manner while educating and raising awareness of proper tree care.

Learn more about our team by visiting our About page.

Time to Apply Dormant Sprays

Time to Apply Dormant Sprays



What is Dormant Spraying?

Spraying certain landscape plants and trees with Horticulture Oil and Lime Sulphur while they are still dormant will help to kill overwintering insects. The oil kills the insects (mostly scale and mites) by suffocating them and also kills the insect eggs by penetrating the shells and interfering with metabolic and respiratory processes.

By doing this proactive spraying we can help protect your fruit trees, roses, ornamental shrubs like Highbush Cranberry and Viburnums, evergreens such as Cedar, and Euonymus, and trees like Hawthorn, Apple, Crab Apple, and Honey Locust.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”warning”]Dormant sprays must be applied before the leaves emerge.
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Protect your Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer! Funding Available

Protect your Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer! Funding Available


Protect your Ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer!

Dead street ash trees

Can anything be done to save the Ash trees of the Kawarthas? Yes. Although Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the Kawartha Lakes, it is not too late to start protecting your Ash trees before these infestations grow.

Funding Available to Peterborough Residents

TreeCanada and sponsors U-HAUL and Telus have partnered with The City of Peterborough to offer a subsidy to approved home and property owners who wish to treat their ash trees against the Emerald Ash Borer. The initiative will offer owners of private ash trees a subsidy of up to $3.00 per centimetre of trunk diameter to treat with TreeAzin biopesticide against the Emerald Ash Borer. The scheme will run in two phases, the first will be for owners of up to 5 ash trees until 1 July 2015 and if the funds are not used up, will extend to owners of 6 or more ash trees until late August or until the funds are used up, whichever is first. Click here for more program information.

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Can our Ash trees be saved from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

Can our Ash trees be saved from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?


Can our ash trees be saved? Yes! If your ash tree is healthy, and has not been infested (or has a light infestation) we can help you save your trees!

Most people have heard about EAB in the news or through signage put up by the government. But not everyone knows that you can protect your trees from being killed by this insect.

What you need to know about EAB:

  • Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive invasive pest that arrived from Asia.
  • In North America, EAB was first detected in Windsor, ON and Detroit, MI (2002) but was likely present in these areas for several years prior to its discovery.
  • EAB beetles:
    • metallic green in color
    • about 1/2 inch long and an 1/8 inch wide
    • body is narrow and elongated, and the head is flat
    • eyes are kidney shaped and usually black.
    • feed on leaves and lay eggs from June to August
  • EAB larvae:
    • white and flat, with distinctive bell-shaped segments
    • grow up to 1 inch long
    • feed on inner bark, cutting off water and nutrient flow
  • EAB attacks all species of True Ash (Fraxinus spp.) found in North America.
  • EAB kills True Ash of any size or age, even healthy trees.
  • EAB does not attack or kill Mountain Ash.

What signs to look for:

  • Dead branches
  • Bark cracks
  • Heavy seeding (on female trees only)
  • Canopy thinning
  • Premature yellowing of foliage
  • Woodpecker and squirrel feeding
  • Epicormic shoots on main stem and/or major canopy branches

Please note that the above signs can be caused by other pests and/or stress.

What can be done:

  • TreeAzin is a systemic insecticide injected directly into the base of trees.
  • TreeAzin is produced from Neem tree (Azadiracta indica) seed extracts.
  • Neem extracts have been used for centuries to control insects.
  • The active ingredent in TreeAzin is Azadirachtin (5% solution).
  • TreeAzin is NOT Neem Oil.
  • In Canada, TreeAzin is registered by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) (PCP 30559).
  • TreeAzin is exempt from Ontario’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act.
  • TreeAzin is owned by the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and was developed in collaboration with BioForest, who holds its worldwide license.

It is important to note that whatever course of action you choose you will have to spend money on these trees. Even if you decided to let them die you will have to have the tree removed before it becomes a hazard. Especially if the tree has targets it could harm/damage when it fails.

3 Steps to more Storm Tolerant Trees

3 Steps to more Storm Tolerant Trees


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At Logan Tree Experts we spent a lot of time talking to clients about why some trees fall and why some stand during severe weather events. While there are lots of reasons for tree failure we teach our clients these 3 simple steps to keep trees strong and healthy and more storm tolerant: Plant Well, Prune Properly, and Promote Strong Roots.  Although to some this may seem simple enough, we would argue the vast majority of tree failures are due to a lack of one or more of these steps.


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Large strong trees come from small healthy trees. When it comes to planting, 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.


Prune Properly

Pruning is necessary for trees throughout their life span. Young trees need a little help to establish healthy structure and branch spacing. This early pruning creates a strong form of well attached limbs evenly spread out which will give it the strength it needs to combat winds. Mature trees should be pruned to remove dead, broken and rubbing limbs. The timely removal of these will help the tree focus energy on defending itself against pest and diseases and on naturally strengthening its structure. As a tree becomes larger the force of wind or snow and ice can be too much. Reduction pruning is a technique used to lessen the spread of the canopy and limit the opportunity for branch and stem failure in storm situations. No matter what type of pruning is required, it is critical that cuts are made properly, if not they could cause decay that can severely weaken the structure of a tree. Proper tools and knowledge are necessary.


Promote Strong Roots storm damage 2

While the first step to strong and healthy roots is starting with a healthy tree and planting it properly, maintaining that health throughout a trees life is important and sometimes difficult. As trees get larger so do their root zone. Construction, changing the soil depth, compaction, over watering and even the sterility of a maintained lawn can cause a weakened and compromised root zone. Several techniques can be used such as fertilizing, protection during construction and implementing tree health care programs can help trees and their roots cope with a changing environment. A healthy root zone leads to a healthier and more stable tree.

Although this is a simplified list of what can make trees more tolerant to storms, we believe that if you follow these steps: plant well, prune properly and promote strong roots, you will have a road map to stronger, healthier trees .

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