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3 Steps to More Storm Tolerant Trees

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2011 saw its fair share of storms causing damage to trees and property throughout the Kawarthas. As the owner of Logan Tree Experts I spent a lot of time talking to my clients about why some trees fall and why some stand during weather events such as this. While there are lots of reasons for tree failure I teach my 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, I would argue the vast majority of tree failures are due to a lack of one or more of these steps.

Plant Well

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

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, I 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 .

For more articles on tree care and information on our services, visit our website at  Matt Logan is a Cerified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor and owner of Logan Tree Experts. He is also an instructor for ArborCanada, an arborist training company, and a writer for Ontario Arborist magazine.

“Viewpoints” – the art of sitelines.

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In my opinion, few things in life are better than this: sitting on your front deck looking out onto the water, feeling the warmth of the sun and hearing a gentle breeze rustling through the trees. Now that’s a great day at the cottage.

Great cottage views are not always ‘born’—sometimes they must be created or nurtured. Trees often create that “special place” feeling, but they can also obstruct our scenic views.

As a certified arborist* I talk to a lot of shoreline owners about site lines and vistas. People want the sunlight and the view, but they don’t want to create an unnatural look by “stripping” the bottom limbs or one whole side of a tree. Many cottage owners don’t realize that there are options other than tree removal. Sometimes a good prune by a trained hand is all that is required.

Site line pruning is a technique used by arborists to capture specific desired views while minimizing and/or eliminating the negative effects of whole tree removal. By leaving trees standing, many benefits are retained: shade and privacy, habitat for animals, wind and snow block, energy savings, aesthetic and increased property value. Imaging keep all that, plus gaining a view!

In my experience the key to a great site line pruning is good communication between the arborist and the client. Specific desired views should be discussed.  (“Is a view of the island achievable?”) Goals should be set and agreed upon by all involved. I always tell my clients that subtle and natural solutions always look the best. For example, reduce the length of a limb instead of removing it completely. When done expertly, site line pruning is almost invisible; you see the view, not the cuts.

In my experience, the best results come from site line pruning with the clients on site to direct and monitor progress. If the site line is from the deck, I would have them sit on the deck (I know it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it) while I work. From there, they can confirm when the desired view is created.

Some final tips: As with any tree issue, make sure you use a qualified, certified arborist with the proper insurance coverage. Remember, bad tree care, even if done with good intentions, still leads to negative results. Bring in a professional, and open up your vistas. When the work is done, all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the view!

Matthew Logan, Logan Tree Experts (formerly Arboriculture Solutions)


* What’s an arborist? A professional in the cultivation, health, management and study of tress, shrubs and other perennial woody plants.

What is reduction pruning?


Logan Tree Experts recently performed a reduction pruning on a mature Walnut tree in Peterborough. Reduction pruning is done to reduce the size of a tree’s canopy. This is an effective way to minimize the potential for limb failure in mature trees. This pruning technique can be done in conjunction with cable and bracing or by itself.

Spring 2011 Leaf-let Newsletter: The Art of Pruning for Sitelines


For the full version click here->Leaflet-Spring 2011

On May 1st Arboriculture Solutions changed its name to:

Logan Tree Experts

We hope that this new name will help define who we are, what we do and why we are different, with the added benefit of not being a tongue twister! This decision was certainly tough for us as we were and still are quite attached to the name Arboriculture Solutions, but when speaking to our clients, friends and advisory board it was clear that a name change was in order and that Logan Tree Experts fit the bill.


The Art of Pruning for ViewScapes

Do you enjoy your privacy but love the view from your window or deck? You can have it both!

From years of working in cottage country, the team at Logan Tree Experts has knowledge and experience developing viewscapes. This technique eliminates the need to cut trees down on your property or shoreline to gain beautiful views like the photo to the right. Arborists can strategically prune a tree to allow for views while keeping your trees looking natural.

Click here to read an article on viewscapes, written by Matt Logan, to learn more!


Introducing the 2011 Team!

Matthew Logan (Owner) A native of Lakefield, Ontario, Matthew Logan has been in the Arboriculture industry since 2001. He graduated from the Arboriculture program at Fleming College in 2003. In subsequent years, Matthew has become a Certified Arborist and Tree Worker through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and is a Certified Tree Risk Assessor through the Pacific Northwest ISA chapter. Matthew is also a trainer for Arboriculture Canada Training and Education, a nationwide arborist training company focusing on safety and innovation. Matthew started Logan Tree Experts to promote proper tree care and maintenance and to educate his customers on maintaining healthy trees on their properties.

Dylan Stevenson (Foreman/Lead Climber)Dylan is a graduate of the Humber College Arboriculture program and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Originally from Huntsville, Ontario, Dylan has
been in the industry for nearly 10 years and has become a very proficient climber and rigger. He has spent the last year working in the industry in British Columbia. When not climbing trees, he can be found climbing rocks and ice or hiking, camping or photographing nature.

Jonathon Murray (Groundsman)Jonathon, originally from Haliburton is going into his second year of the Fleming College Arboriculture program. He has already proven to be an asset to the team and Matt and Dylan look forward to showing him the “ropes”.

Tracy Logan (Office Admin) – Although she is not often seen up the tree, Tracy’s work behind the scenes is integral to Logan Tree Experts. Tracy manages the bookkeeping and payroll, and assists with marketing and advertising for the business. As well as keeping Logan Tree Experts in-line, Tracy also has a full time job in the field of environmental stewardship.