Category: Nature

Snow in June with Help from the Salicaceae Family

We’ll excuse you for thinking it is snowing in June, by looking at the picture above. This photo was taken earlier this week in London, Ontario, but it’s not snow. Far from it. The white, fluffy down which looks like cotton drifting through the sky is in fact seeds from area trees. And for those of you… Read more »

A Thorn in our Side: European Buckthorn

By Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ontario is home to thousands of trees, shrubs and other plants; many of them native species. Sadly, many non-native species have also been introduced, some of which naturalize and others which become problematic. Those problematic plants are considered invasive species and their presence is taken very seriously. They often overtake native species and threaten their… Read more »

Wash the Spider Out

The eensy weensy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. Then the eensy weensy spider climbed up the spout again. That’s exactly what we don’t want. London needs some rain to wash the spiders out. More specifically,… Read more »

Timeline for Flowering Trees in London

April showers bring May flowers Well, we certainly had plenty of rain (and snow) in April and have been rewarded with an abundance of flowers this May. While area trees took a while to get started, there has been a steady stream of blossoms all month. Yellow, white, orange, pink, and purple; all colours you can… Read more »

Treatment: The Story of Ash Injections

The plight of ash trees in London, Ontario is not breaking news. The emerald ash borer (EAB) crossed into Canada near Windsor in 2002 and has been marching across Ontario since then. Every year the spread becomes larger, despite the many preventive measures taken to stop the EAB. Despite the uphill battle, CLC Tree Services continues to… Read more »

Sunshine at Camp

  A little sunshine goes a long way That is Stevenson Children’s Camp’s slogan. And that is exactly what the crews got when they showed up for the OCAA Day of Service at the 125-acre Stevenson Children’s Camp on April 27th of this year—sunshine. Not a cloud marred the sky, as trucks rumbled in from… Read more »

Maple Syrup: Some Sweet Facts

Sweet Maple Syrup Facts CANADIAN MAPLE SYRUP FACTS: Canada produces 90% of the world’s maple syrup Quebec produces 90% of Canada’s maple syrup Ontario is the second largest producer of maple syrup in Canada, producing approximately 4 million litres of maple syrup each year Maple Tree Facts: Once a maple tree is tapped, the tree… Read more »

The Common Hoptree: Not as Common as We’d Like

Ptelea trifoliata (otherwise known as the Common Hoptree) contrary to its name, is far from common. While you can find this native tree along the shores of Lake Erie in sandy areas, the Hoptree is considered a threatened species in Canada. It is only found in limited areas in Southwestern Ontario and Quebec. Its range stretches… Read more »

10 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Did you miss the Christmas tree recycling depot? Are you wondering what to do with the evergreen now sitting in your yard, looking forlorn minus its festive Christmas decor? Don’t despair, as there are plenty of things you can do with your old Christmas tree. Think green and recycle it! Christmas Tree Recycling Burn it! – Real… Read more »

Popularity of Fir Trees

One of CLC Tree Services most popular blog posts from last year—in fact our most popular post ever—is 5 Facts About Fir Trees. It has had over 7000 views, 4000 of which occurred last year alone. This popular post averaged 11 views a day in 2015 and when you search ‘fir trees’ on google, it comes… Read more »