Category: Nature

Get Bent: Why Trees Have Curves in Them

Have you ever walked by a tree and wondered to yourself, “Wow, what an unusual tree! I wonder how it got like that?” There are a few interesting trees on the bike paths along the Thames River in London, Ontario. Some are covered in warty bumps that line their trunks. Others have long bending limbs which swoop at crazy angles. They… Read more »

Nine Fine Pines

There are over 175 different types of pine trees. Several are native to Canada, but many more can be found within our borders as well. Pines are cone-bearing coniferous trees with long needles that come in bundles of 2-5 bunches and are often long-lived, growing from 100-1000 years. Whether you choose a pine tree for your Christmas… Read more »

History Lesson: Baumbeobachter Trees

This week we celebrate Remembrance Day. We are tasked with honouring and remembering those who served, both in wars past and in peacekeeping missions today. While we often think of soldiers running into battle, wounded veterans, and crosses row upon row to mark those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom, there are… Read more »

Fall Leaf Colours

No one can deny that Autumn is a colourful time of year in this part of Canada and the eastern US. As deciduous trees get ready for the coming winter, their chlorophyll production ceases and the green slowly leaches out of a tree’s leaves. As the green disappears, the other colours in the leaves become present. These… Read more »

Poetry Amongst the Trees

Today is National Poetry Day. What inspires poetry more than a glorious tree? Can’t think of anything, in our humble books. CLC Tree Services might be biased, but there have been plenty of others who have obviously felt trees move them to poetic words. If Wordsworth, Yeats and Homer have all found inspiration in the… Read more »

A New Crop in Ontario: Hazelnuts

As other crops start to peter out, another one is getting ready to be harvested in Ontario—tree nuts. One of those edible nuts has crept into the spotlight in southwestern Ontario recently due to its presence in Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, and the fact that it has flourished in the Great Lakes region and other fruit orchard… Read more »

Animal Planet: The Creatures CLC Finds in Trees

At CLC Tree Services, our job is to tend to trees. We assess them, prune them, fertilize them, treat them for illness and infections, and sometimes have to cut them down. There is far more to the job than just dealing with trees though. We also get to get up close and personal with some… Read more »

An Unwelcome Traveller: The Gypsy Moth

An Unwelcome Traveller Travelling is an enjoyable pastime. You get to see new places, meet new people and eat new things. That is one of the reasons why gypsy moths got their name; they do all of those things. They easily attach onto objects, like tents, vehicles, firewood, lawn chairs and more, or quite happily blow… Read more »

Spotlight on The Cucumber Tree

The Cucumber Tree:  An Endangered Native Species As harvests begin to hit farm stands in Ontario, we are inundated with delicious, fresh produce. There are strawberries, tomatoes, corn, peaches and plenty of cucumbers for those who like them. But did you know that cucumbers also grow on trees? Well, not the kind you turn into pickles… Read more »

Pitching a Tent

“What’s that in the tree? Is it a bag? A spider web?” “No! It’s tent caterpillars… “ Tent Caterpillars Oh, oh. Tis the season for insect infestations and tent caterpillars are just one of the insects which attack trees. There are upwards of 26 species of tent caterpillars, but the ones most commonly found in North… Read more »