Backyard Tree Planting Program

Top Five Common Tree/Shrub Pests and How to Treat Them

Eastern redbud leaf damaged by leafcutter bee
Caring for your trees and shrubs by providing them with regular water and nutrients is the key to ensuring they live long, healthy lives. While this is true, there are some other external factors that can impact your tree/shrub’s health, such as climate, damage, disease and of course, pests.

Providing Space for Trees to Grow and Thrive

Two large tulip trees planted in a backyard
Thinking of planting a tree on your property? Planting trees is an excellent way to enhance your outdoor space. Trees also offer a number of wonderful benefits such as shade, privacy, wildlife food and habitat, increased property values and more. However, in order to maximize these benefits to their fullest, it is important to ensure you are planting your new tree in the right place!

Pagoda Dogwood: The Multi-Layered Tree

Pagoda dogwood leaves, flowers and berries collage
The pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), is a smaller growing species that is often planted as an ornamental or centrepiece in many gardens. It is aptly named for its layered, horizontal branching which often resembles a pagoda (a tower-like, tiered structure). The pagoda dogwood is a beautiful native understory species that can be readily found in many forests across eastern North America.