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Included Bark - The danger you weren't aware even exsisted

Title: Included Bark - The danger you weren't aware even exsisted

By: A. Pasma, 2014-03-20 14:36:45

I just wanted to post a note about a very real problem with trees that most people are not aware of. It is called included bark, and it happens at the junction of co-dominant stems where there is a union that looks more like a "v" than a "u". As the tree grows, the narrow area fills with bark, and creates a very weak area in the structure of the tree. This weakness puts stress on either one or both of the co-dominant stems, and as the tree grows, the "v" only becomes deeper. Trees with included bark are at a huge risk of failure. Stress on the stem unions caused from high winds, snow, or like we just witnessed, the weight of ice, will cause them to split or break at the junction. It is important to inspect your trees, even the young ones, for the potential or evidence of included bark. If you suspect your trees might be affected, contact us today for a free quote. Catching the problem early could save your tree, and a lot of future headache.

Title: Invasive Species - The Asian long-horned beetle

By: A. Pasma, 2014-03-17 09:57:06

This invasive species was recently found in Mississauga. It attacks deciduous trees, and its favourite is the Maple. Unfortunately, no pesticide can protect trees against this invasive species. The only option is to have a tree cut down and chipped, or burnt. The ALHB generally attacks the tree in the same way as the Emerald Ash Borer, tunneling through the living tissue of the tree. At this point, sightings in the GTA have been rare, but be on the lookout for this invasive little bug.

Emerald Ash Borer and the damge it causes

Title: Emerald Ash Borer and the damge it causes

By: A. Pasma, 2014-03-14 14:53:43

I just wanted to throw this picture up so you all can see what the damage to Ash tree on the inside actually looks like. Its pretty incredible. I will continue with Invasive species on Monday. Have a great weekend everyone.

Title: Invasive Species to watch for this summer

By: A. Pasma, 2014-03-13 11:09:54

Over the next few days I will update you on invasive species to watch for this Summer. The first is probably familiar to most of you, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) While there has been talk that the deep freeze we went through this winter may have put an end to the EAB, there is no evidence of this at this time. The Emerald Ash Borer lay their eggs in the bark of Ash trees in early summer. When the larvae hatch, they chew through the outer bark, and feed on the inner bark. They create tunnels in the inner bark which can interrupt the flow of water and nutrients in the tree. An infested tree can be killed in months. There is a product, TreeAzin that can be injected into your Ash tree in an effort to ward of the EAB. If you treat your tree in time, and on schedule, you should be able to keep your Ash tree for the duration of its natural life. Contact us for more information if you are concerned you have an Ash tree on your property, and you live in the Oakville, Burlington, or Mississauga areas.

Title: Bill 167 - The Invasive Species Act

By: A. Pasma, 2014-03-05 10:07:38

There was an interesting article in the Mississauga news today regarding the potential of a new provincial law, known as Bill 167, that would help the province in the fight against invasive species. Currently there are multiple different invasive species doing a large amount of damage to our native plants and trees. The passing of this new law would allow for harsher punishments and fines, and more restrictions would be applied on bringing any invasive specie into the province. Have a look at the article below for more information: http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/4395240-can-new-bill-help-city-fight-alien-invaders-/

Title: We're out of Firewood

By: A. Pasma, 2014-01-06 13:27:29

Hi All, We at A-Star hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. Unfortunately we are completely out of Firewood for the year. Thanks, The team at A-Star

Title: Time is running out for EAB treatment

By: A. Pasma, 2013-08-21 16:47:00

Just a reminder to all of our customers and fellow tree lovers. The deadline to have your Ash tree treated with TreeAzin to help defend against the Emerald Ash Borer is August 31st. Don't wait until next year if you can avoid it. One treatment provides two years protection.

Title: Want to work for the Best Tree Company in the GTA?

By: A. Pasma, 2013-08-13 16:30:06

A-Star is currently looking to expand, and we need you! If you are an ISA Certified Arborist or an Ontario Recognized Arborist, or even if you are just interested in getting into industry, give us a call today. We are willing to work with you to obtain your DZ license, and will pay top dollar depending on qualifications. We have the best equipment and work all year round! Call today!

Title: Celebration of Trees

By: A. Pasma, 2013-08-12 18:39:36

There was a great turnout at the Tour de Trees last week. Have a look at the link below to see how Oakville participated in the event. http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/4022330-it-s-all-about-trees/

Title: Keep your home cool the Green Way

By: A. Pasma, 2013-08-06 11:15:21

I recently came across an excellent article from Oakville Today outlining the benefits of shade trees. Did you know that Shade trees can drop temperatures on a property by several degrees, reducing dependency on air conditioners? The article also provided a great list of trees that are best for providing shade. Some examples are the Silver Maple, Little Leaf Linden, White Oak, Virginia Pine, Chinese Elm, American Beech, Autumn Blaze Maple and the Bald Cypress.

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