Natasha Keshavjee's posts

Humanely Protecting Young Trees and Shrubs from Animal Damage

Urban forests and urban wildlife share an important year-round, symbiotic relationship. Trees and shrubs offer shelter and food to wildlife and, in return, wildlife and pollinators help these woody plants reproduce. Though feeding on woody plants is normal in a forest setting where there is an abundance of trees and shrubs, single trees and shrubs in yards may require protection when young and vulnerable. Using safe and humane methods of protection will minimize damage while also respecting the wildlife that share our yards; it’s a Backyard Biodiversity win-win!

The Importance of Biodiversity in Outdoor Spaces

Naturalized front yard
An increase in suburban development has led to the extensive clearing of native vegetation, resulting in a loss of habitat for wildlife living in those areas. The good news is that you can help shift this pattern! If you own a property, you have the chance to create a sanctuary for wildlife in an increasingly urbanized landscape by helping to grow a more diverse and sustainable urban forest. So, when thinking about designing your garden, keep biodiversity at the forefront of your mind with these three tips.

Design Your Yard from the Comfort of Your Own Home

LEAF arborist on the computer, text reads "Do-It-Yourself Tree Planting"
Looking for ideas on how to beautify your yard? Fancy getting your hands dirty? Need some help getting started? Look no further! Our Do-It-Yourself Tree Planting Program might just be right for you! Our certified arborists will connect with you virtually to help you select the right native tree for your yard and later we’ll deliver it right to your door. The best part - no previous gardening experience is required!

From Sleeping Trees to Spring Leaves

Bud break of Freeman maple
I have always been captivated by how trees withstand the harshest of winter weather and know when to grow their new leaves in the spring. This isn’t magic. The process actually depends on a variety of factors, such as temperature, precipitation and species type, and the timing can even change from year to year! Bud burst, or in other words “leafing out,” in the spring, is a more remarkable process than many of us know!

The Most Colourful Time of the Year

Trees turning colours
Fall marks a time of many magical changes. Trees that were once lush green transform into brilliant shades of yellows, golds, oranges and reds, creating an extraordinary spectacle. But, have you ever wondered why some leaves turn yellow while others lend themselves to bright reds? The mixture of the vibrant fall colours we see is actually a result of complex chemical processes that take place inside the tree as the season changes from summer to winter.
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