Mycorrhizae – Sometimes The Things You Don’t See Are The Most Important

Mycorrhizal partnerships are symbiotic, or, mutually beneficial, relationships between plants and fungi, that take place around plant roots. Mycorrhrizae  in the soil have been shown to be essential to plant growth by facilitating the uptake of minerals and nutrients by breaking them down into available forms for the trees to use  as well as stimulating…

New Info On Old Trees

Research into the interactions between old trees and their moss that harbours cyanobacteria, produces a combination that contributes to the long-term health of surrounding trees. They are somehow fertilizing the ecosystems around them. Without the presence of these old trees, the health of the surrounding younger trees is degraded. Read more about this  interesting research…

Trees Are Good For The Environment And The Bank Book Too!

Investing in Trees – Trees are good for the environment and the bank book, too By Virginia Gauley  GRCA Forester Imagine your neighbourhood without any trees. It would look pretty dismal, more like an industrial area than a residential neighbourhood. Trees are an important part of our lives, offering us a sense of place within…

A Timely Reminder About Why We Must Protect Our Mature Urban Trees

Benefits of Urban Trees Trees are a very important part of our urban environment. Urban trees filter air, water and sunlight and reduce air pollution. They moderate local climate, slow wind and storm water run-off, and shade our buildings to conserve energy. Trees protect us from UV radiation that causes many cancers. Trees are also critical…

Trees And Pollinators

Trees are critically important in the food cycles of many insects, birds and mammals, including humans. The majority of our food crops depend on  pollinators for fertilization. And the numbers of pollinators are in serious decline. Pollinators include Butterflies and Moths (lepidoptera family) as well as Bees, Wasps,Beetles and Flies. Please remember that dead wood…