Brenna Anstett's posts

Red Maple: a Tree for All Seasons

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A multi-seasonal landscape tree showcases a plethora of changing colours and textures throughout the year. The red maple, also known as the scarlet maple, presents an array of attractive features throughout all four seasons- spring, summer, fall and winter. It is also one of the most abundant and widespread maples in North America with its range extending across Ontario to eastern Canada and down along the American east coast to southern Florida.

Inspiring Reflections from our Planting Crews!

A person watering a pin cherry tree in a backyard
The New Year has just begun and we’re busy preparing for our spring 2021 tree planting season! As we look ahead, I find myself reflecting on last year’s accomplishments. Despite having to postpone our spring season as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, we still managed to plant 1,176 native trees and shrubs on private property. Furthermore, we successfully expanded into parts of Durham Region, making it our busiest and most rewarding planting season yet!

The White Spruce- A Living Canadian Legacy

White spruce
A legacy tree that holds exceptional cultural, historical, and intrinsic value, contributing to a natural landscape in many ways over time. The white spruce (Picea glauca), a geographically abundant tree species found east to west across the country, as far north as the arctic tree line, and as far south as the northern states, is a Canadian legacy.

Trees Lower Energy Costs

Tree growing out of a handful of coins
I grew up in Exeter on a property covered by giant spruce, cedar and maple trees. They were always such a huge part of my life, providing me with excellent hiding spots during neighbourhood games of hide-and-seek, giving us piles of leaves to jump into in the fall, providing us with shade to cool off in the summer and housing local wildlife, like robins and white squirrels! But another value that they offer - something that doesn’t always get a ton of attention - is the way trees can help conserve energy and provide us with financial benefits.
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