Category: Blog

Draining Away Summer: How to Drain Saltwater Pools

School has begun for another year. Days are getting shorter and cooler. The first day of fall is a week away. Now is the time to start thinking about closing the family pool for another season. Did you know that there are laws in London, Ontario on exactly how to go about draining your pool?… Read more »

Tree Protection Bylaw

On August 30, 2016, the City of London passed Bylaw No. C.P.-1515-228—a new Tree Protection Bylaw. It replaces the old tree conservation bylaw in the hopes of protecting more of the Forest City’s tree canopy; specifically London’s distinctive trees. So what does that mean for London residents? A big change to arboriculture regulations. The new… Read more »

O My! Choices in Tree Guards

Planting a tree is a great thing to do on so many levels. It reduces your home’s energy costs, increases its retail value, improves mental health and air quality, and reduces erosion. There are plenty of great reasons to plant a tree! A newly planted tree is a vulnerable thing though and as such it… Read more »

The Apple of My Eye: Apple Varieties in Ontario

It might still be August, but apple season has begun in Southwestern Ontario. And we’re not talking about imported apples at the grocery store from Chile, China or the US. You can get plenty of apples grown right here, right now. The Apple of My Eye There are over 7,500 cultivars of apple trees in… Read more »

A Grave Honour: Treestump Gravestones

For my sake, I hope not too many of you have had the opportunity to peruse a cemetery. Odds state that many of you have though. For those who have visited a graveyard or two, have you ever looked at some of the markers there? Often they can truly be a work of art in their… Read more »

It’s Plum Amazing!

It’s plum time in Ontario! Plums are just one of Ontario’s fruit tree crops. They are a member of the rose family and sport pretty blossoms in May like their cousins. The medium-sized trees sport juicy, smooth fruit which is hard to resist for anyone who has eaten one. You can find plums in area farmers… Read more »

Think BIG | The 2016 Christmas Decor Conference

It’s August. London, Ontario is in the middle of yet another heat wave; London’s fifth of the summer. Temperatures are in the 30s, but feel closer to 40C with the humidex. It is HOT! But not as hot as Dallas… The last thing anyone might think of with all this heat is Christmas, but that’s… Read more »

Landscape Fabric 101

Landscape Fabric Should you really use it? Have you ever looked at your garden beds and been frustrated by the weeds growing there? Weeding is backbreaking work and you can be excused for looking for ways to reduce the amount of time you need to spend weeding. A trip to a garden centre or big box store can… Read more »

Paraguay Bound: A Mission to Build Houses

This past spring CLC Tree Services was pleased to help out the folks at Habitat for Humanity Heartland, by donating trees and sod to complete one of their local builds. While CLC hopes this local connection will be one which grows with time, Curt McCallum is taking his own personal volunteerism one step further, again… Read more »

For Humanity’s Sake

In late spring, Curt McCallum was driving in his truck in London, ON listening to the radio. The station was broadcasting an interview with Jeff Duncan, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Heartland Ontario. Duncan was discussing HFH’s latest build in partnership with Community Living London. They had built a home, but were still… Read more »