With all of the national pride happening across the county, it is amazing that one symbol we all seem to recognize, the Maple leaf is often used incorrectly. In fact, on the Canada 150 logo and even in our money, the leaf used belongs to a Norway maple, which is actually an invasive species to our home and native land. Whoops!
My inspiration for this week’s article comes from two different places. First, from an article written by a colleague that I have the utmost respect for — Stephen Westcott-Gratton on the Gardenmaking.com site — and second, from a series of videos I just filmed for ONtree, the Ontario Tree Care Experts. In both cases, the focus was on the myths and mistakes we make when it comes to trees in our homes and neighbourhoods.
With all of the national pride happening across the country, it is amazing that one symbol we all seem to recognize — the maple leaf — is often used incorrectly.
For the last few years, I’ve been getting more homeowners questioning the large trees in their yards. After ice storms, hurricane force winds, and now record snowfalls, the trees on our properties have taken quite a beating. Before you decide to get rid of your trees in favour of less yard work, there are a few things you might want to consider.
According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and Tree Canada, trees are not just important for the environment; they have real value when it comes to your actual home. Trees on your property can be worth more then $19,000 and save you more than $175 on your energy bills.