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The Symbiotic Life Of Trees


As a seasoned tree pruning company operating in Strathcona County, we’ve certainly seen some pretty amazing things in our day. We feel extremely privileged everyday to work with an organism that time and time again surprises us and teaches us new things. We’ve been posting on the blog pretty often of late about the aspects of trees that we don’t often think about in our day-to-day lives as we rush around from one activity to the next. Today we’d like to extend to you some of the powerful lessons that trees have taught us over the years – concerning community primarily – to help you gain a deeper appreciation of something that you see every day.

Individual trees on your property probably bring you a good deal of joy, especially if they produce fruit or grow bright, ornate flowers. However, it is unlikely that you live in a forest, where the true magic of trees shines through. Here is Canada we are lucky to have such incredible parklands available to us where trees are protected and left alone to flourish. When we go on camping trips, it is trees that largely protect us from the harsher elements, though we may not always think about it – these trees are protecting themselves as well.

We’ve mentioned before that trees form communities in the forest and look out for each other, deterring animals that eat them and caring for each other. One way that trees do this is by sharing nutrients through their root systems. Trees generate sustenance through the process of photosynthesis, which occurs in their leaves and feeds the whole structure, right down to the root. In a forest, networks of roots will feed nutrients to ailing trees to keep them alive. This spirit of team work is driven towards the survival of the forest, which operates like a super-organism in a sense. If too many trees die, isolated trees will be more susceptible to storms and weather – for example: if the canopy of trees were diminished, the dry summer heat would reach the forest ground and more trees would die as a result.

This is why isolated trees on your property need so much care: they have been left to fend for themselves. If your tree looks like it’s seen better days, call an Edmonton arborist for a property assessment. A bit of pruning goes a long way and there could be a subtle threat that is harming your trees that only a certified arborist would be able to catch. Furthermore, you could do your trees a favour and plant some friends for it if you have the space. Not only will this add to the beauty of your property, it will additionally make the trees you have stronger in the long run.

To witness this phenomenon, of trees’ roots intermingling beneath the forest, take a look sometime at a roadside embankment leading up to a forest; often these embankments expose the root systems when rain washes away the soil, it’s a beautiful and curious thing to behold. If you need any work done, from tree stump removal to deep root fertilization and anything in between, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We operate primarily in Edmonton, Strathcona and Richmond Park, but we’re always happy to field calls from anywhere in the region if trees are involved!