The Neighbourwoods crew and
dedicated volunteers, Deb Jakab and Ted Ecclestone, were out mulching trees
on June 27th around Elora. Using mulch from the
Township, they mulched over one hundred trees in an afternoon. They visited
many trees at sites including the Elora Public School trailway, Bridge Street
and First Line, and the road to the OPP office.
vital for both the maintenance and health of urban trees because it keeps
their roots cool and moist on hot summer days. When mulching, it is very
important to create a ring shape instead of piling mulch tight against the
trunk of the tree. This helps keep the base dry and eliminates the chance for
damp rot to form on the trunk.
This past Saturday,
Neighbourwoods and the Canadian Tree Fund hosted Tour the Trees; an event
that put our townâ€™s natural history in the spotlight. Our 30 cyclists
toured around Fergus and Elora to listen to the stories behind nine
magnificent trees – and one rock. This tour took us from the Sugar Maples
planted in honour of Queen Victoriaâ€™s Diamond Jubilee, to the Kissing Stane
in Fergusâ€™ James Square. If you didnâ€™t have a chance to join us, a
listing of the trees that we saw will be available soon.
are very thankful to our speakers Deb Dalziel of Centre Wellington Tourism,
Toni Ellis of Neighbourwoods, Ali Morrison of Green Legacy, Al Koop and Gary
Bryant of Older Voices, Monique Lee of the Centre Wellington Arborists
Association, Greg Boland of the Chestnut Council, John Wilson of the Canadian
Tree Fund, Kyle Smith of the Aboyne Museum, as well as Rick Goodfellow who
led our pack of cyclists.
We would also like to thank our
sponsors: The Township of Centre Wellington and the Rotary Club of
Fergus-Elora, as well as donations from Drayton Entertainment, the Elora
Festival, Green Legacy, and the Elora Brewing Company, and Wreckless Ericâ€™s
CafÃ© for providing coffee.
Once again a team of volunteers
together with our summer students will be working in the field collecting
data from the trees in Elora and Fergus. Again this year we will be
re-visiting street blocks we inspected in 2010, as well as tackling fresh
blocks. Not only do we gather data about our trees – such as their health,
diversity, and location – but this is an excellent opportunity to meet with
homeowners to talk about their trees, help answer questions, and of course
sing the praises of their trees. This year, we are going high-tech by
inputting data into our new tablet, instead using paper and
Neighbourwoods encourages residents to hire a qualified arborist to maintain the health andvigor of private trees, and to address potential safety concerns. An arborist can also determine when a tree can no longer be maintained and should be removed due to health, structural concerns, or safety concerns that may impact long-term viability. Tree removal around buildings, vehicles and wires present special challenges.
Although the tree care industry is not regulated, many arborists choose to become certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) which mandates arboricultural training and continuing education, as well as adherence to the Certified Arborist Code of Ethics. A qualified arborist should be certified with the ISA or a comparable organization, have liability insurance, Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage, and provide detailed estimates prior to undertaking any work.
If you are looking to have tree work done, there are many qualified contractors working in the Township of Centre Wellington, we invite you to start by visiting the website of the newly formed CW Arborist Association. Every member has volunteered their time and expertise with Neighbourwoods.
This report compares the survival
and growth of trees between Detroit, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, and
details the cost of planting and loss when trees fail.
If you have ever wondered, â€˜how
old is that tree?â€™, here is a simple worksheet which will give you a rough
idea. Because this is an
American source, you will need to convert
your diameter calculation into inches by dividing
And once you know, itâ€™s fun to ponder what our
community looked like when your tree
the treeâ€™s diameter (inches) at a height of 4.5 feet from the
Diameter = circumference / 3.14 inches
2. Use the
table below. The table assigns a growth factor to various tree
Multiply the diameter (inches) by the appropriate growth factor.
Your cottonwood tree has a diameter of 18 inches at 4.5 feet from the
18 inches x 2 = 36 years (estimate)
factor numbers are most accurate for trees grown in healthy forests. Street
and urban trees often are exposed to stressors such as poor soils, damage
from machines and equipment, restricted growing areas, etc. Street and urban
trees have different growth factors and they tend to grow more slowly and be
weaker than healthy forest-grown trees.
Aspen spp. = 2
elm = 4
Austrian pine = 4.5
Basswood = 3
paper = 5
Black cherry = 5
Black maple =
Black walnut = 4.5
Colorado blue spruce =
Cottonwood = 2
Green ash = 4
Kentucky coffee tree = 3
Northern red oak =
Norway maple = 4.5
Red maple = 4.5
Red pine =
River birch = 3.5
Scotch pine =
Shagbark hickory = 7.5
Silver maple =
Sugar maple = 5.5
White oak = 5
White pine =
Free Backyard Tree Planting
Program coming to CW to Celebrate Canada 150!
your chance to make a lasting contribution to your neighbourhood by adding a
Sesquicentennial native tree to your yard.Â NeighbourWoods, in
partnership with Green Legacy, Little Tree and four local arborists, is pilot
testing a new and innovative program to boost the number of trees in our
Hereâ€™s how it works:
Residents who hire one
of the participating arborists to cut down a tree – for example a dying Ash
– will be offered one free replacement.Â Â Customers have 2
1)Â Â Â A 3-4-foot paper birch, white
spruce or sugar maple provided byÂ Green Legacy. Â Your arborist
can recommend which species is best suited to your site AND will even plant
it for you.
2)Â Â Â For customers who prefer a
bigger tree,Â a coupon for 15% off a tree purchased from Little Tree
Garden Market. Â Little Tree offers a delivery and planting
Participating arborists are:
Tree Care 519-993-3340
Baum Tree Care 226-383-2286
Full Circle Tree Service
MW Tree Service 519-831-9848
Out of Your
Tree Care 226-820-3611
If you are interested in taking advantage of
this program, call soon because this offer is good until June 30 or until the
trees are gone.
If this new idea catches on, perhaps it can
become a program offered in the future – and even replicated in other
communities in Ontario.
For more information about
NeighbourWoods or this Program, please contact Toni Ellis, Coordinator, at
519-362-9469 or by email at