With a high number of trees being removed each year in the GTA due to storm damage, insect infestations, disease, and urban development it’s a shame to see so many good trees go to mulch. While this method is very useful for nourishing the remaining urban forest, I’ve seen how fallen trees can also be transformed in other ways and passed down through generations as tables and benches. The issue of “urban wood waste” is not just unique to Toronto; it is a Canada-wide problem.
With the surge of interest in the local food movement, more and more Torontonians are planting fruit trees in their yards, school grounds, or in their local parks. After all, why should we import fruit from around the world when we can grow it in our own communities? With proper care and nurturing, a fruit tree can feed us for up to 50 years or more.
Every so often we choose a particular species to focus on from our residential planting programs. These are written to explore the unique characteristics more deeply than what is featured on our profile gallery, while offering insight as to why we choose to plant them in backyards across Toronto and York Region. This month we look at the pawpaw – a new addition to our list and a delicious twist on native species.
It is common to see trees with brown leaves in the spring and summer, well before we expect the changing colours of autumn to appear. There are a few reasons for such symptoms. You can narrow it down by answering the following a few questions....
One of my favourite fall activities is going to my local apple orchard to pick a bag of Mutsu apples, which (surprisingly) does not last a week with my family. In the winter, I scour markets and grocery stores for the best specimens that have not succumbed to becoming a mushy disaster.