Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions in our business.

Here are a few answers.


What is the best time of year to prune my trees?

In winter. With deciduous trees, there are no leaves in the winter, making it easier to see the tree structure. It is also a good time to prune because the tree is dormant.

How much should I prune?

Normally 25% should be the maximum, unless hazardous conditions force you to prune more than that.


How do I plant a tree?

There are many considerations in planting a tree: depth of planting, spacing, species, soil type to name just a few. It’s best to consult a professional for best results.

When is the best time to plant a tree?

When the risk of frost has passed and there is plenty of growing season left to help properly establish the tree.

How should I care for my tree after I plant it?

Watering is essential immediately after planting. The water helps nourish the tree and reduces air pockets around the roots that otherwise could dry the roots out.
Watering in the weeks following planting is important, especially during hot, dry conditions. Water 2 or 3 times a week for at least a couple of hours each time. This will encourage deeper root development better than more frequent, short stints of watering.

How much mulch should I put around my tree?

Enough to nourish but not suffocate the tree. Do not exceed more than a few inches of mulch.


What is the best time of year to remove a tree?

Winter can be the best time of year if access to the tree requires driving over lawns or septic systems or felling on or near lawns and septic systems. Also in winter, gardens are dormant and other human activities are less frequent, making work easier. As well, when the tree has shed its leaves it is easier to work on.

How much does it cost to remove a tree?

Many factors influence the cost: size, lean (or angle) of the tree, species, amount of decay, proximity to structures, etc.
An on-site estimate is needed.

Disease Diagnosis:

My tree is sick, what can I do?

Call a reputable arborist and get more than one opinion.

Why does my tree have black spots on the leaves?

That condition is commonly called “tar spot”. It is only cosmetic. So while unsightly, it will not harm the tree. Tar spot goes through cycles of strength, so in time will eradicate itself until it springs up again.

Cost of Service:

How much do you charge for your services?

All services require an on-site estimate because there are so many variables in determining the price.
There is no charge for an on-site estimate.

Service Area:

Do you service my area?

We are based in Lakefield, ON, in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes region.
We service Peterborough City and County, Lakefield, and all of the Kawartha Lakes.