Spring is just around the corner, and many of you will begin purchasing and planting trees.
We often get asked to recommend species of trees, however, it really does depend on why you are planting a tree.
If you are looking for privacy, many people are eager to plant evergreens. They grow quickly, are also a great tree to block the wind. However, they are more susceptible to being damaged in a storm. One way of getting around this, is to plant them in a grove. This will allow the roots to intertwine, reducing the risk of a tree being uprooted.
Hardwood trees are what we definitely recommend. They do take longer to grow, but they are stronger, and are 3 times more likely to have the ability to withstand storms. Again, planting them in groves, so they can all intertwine roots will help to prevent any of them from getting uprooted.
Many of you will remember the storm that whipped through the Kitchener-Waterloo area last summer. As we went out to emergency calls, it was obvious to us that the hardwood trees had braved the strong winds much better.
With the warmer weather, does come storms, unfortunately. We hope this has given you some ideas of how to protect your trees, and what to keep in mind when tree planting.