Helpful Tree Care Resources

A compilation of helpful tree care resources, where you can find everything you need to know about how to care for your trees, how to recognize risks, and when it's time to call in a professional.

Why Hire an Arborist

Learn about services that arborists provide, criteria for selecting an arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist.

Recognizing Tree Risk

Learn to identify common tree defects that may indicate tree risk and understand how tree risk can be managed.

Insect and Disease Problems

Improve your knowledge about insects and diseases that may affect tree health and learn proper steps for diagnosis.

Mature Tree Care

Learn procedures specific to a routine maintenance program for mature tree care, including tree inspection, mulching, fertilization, pruning, and tree removal.

Avoiding Tree Damage

Possible ways in which existing trees may be damaged during a construction project and methods for planning and facilitating the prevention of tree damage.

Treatment of Trees Damaged by Construction

Addresses tree damage assessment and remedial treatments that may preserve trees damaged during construction.

Avoiding Tree & Utility Conflicts

Many factors should be considered prior to planting. Here are some helpful hints for tree planting around utilities.

New Tree Planting

Information on proper practices for planting a tree with a nine-step approach to successful planting and establishment.

Tree Related Storm Damage

Learn what to do after a storm or severe weather event to protect your trees and property.


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Proper Mulching Techniques

Mulching is one of the most beneficial practices a homeowner can use for better tree health.

Plant Health Care

Explains what plant health care means, what its implementation involves, and how trees and shrubs benefit from it.

Benefits of Trees

The benefits that trees provide from social, communal, environmental, and economic perspectives.

Pruning Mature Trees

Understand the pruning needs of mature trees and the proper pruning techniques for their care.

Palm Trees

Learn more about palms, including palm selection, planting, and maintenance guidelines.

Why Topping Trees Hurts

Learn why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and discover recommended alternatives.

Trees and Turf

Tree and grass selection, competition among plants, maintenance practices, and special situations must all be considered when trees and turf share a landscape.


Pruning Young Trees

Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require less corrective pruning as they mature.

Tree Selection and Placement

Understand important issues in selecting a tree for planting, such as the tree’s intended function, location, common pests, geographic regions and hardiness zones, and considerations for best placement alternatives.


Tree Owner's Manual

A clever document on owning and caring for trees.


Laminated Root Rot

Laminated root rot of Douglas Fir is one of the most damaging root diseases in British Columbia.

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