Melanie's Blog

Tree Hugger


Here in our 50' x 150' lot we have planted 22 large trees! Most we planted only 8 years ago...then it was a totally barren building lot. It's so amazing how quickly it has grown. I do think David Suzuki digs this garden as imagine the carbon offsets!


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In the business I am in, I find people are often afraid to plant trees near thier homes. I will clear up a few of the misconceptions.

  • Tree roots do not "poke holes" into house fountaions, pool or other by the ends finding thier way into them.
  • If a tree root does cause damage, is is because the tree sets down a root nearby and grew in girth enough to cause damage. This takes a long time to happen, with any tree.
  • Tree roots go where they can easily get nutrient; not usually around houses or pools filled with gravel around them. Tree roots cannot get nutrient or grow easily in gravel.
  • Trees help cool our homes in summer, shelter it in winter and provide oxygen and habitat for widlife.
  • Though I would not plant a large tree right against a house there is so much room for them, even in a small lot. If planted now they likely would not be a problem within our lifetime, and if people are worried about trees close to the house that far in the future, no one would plant any! And look at all the benefits they and the earth would be loosing along the way.

On a lighter note, in the above pic my husband is feeding the frontyard chipmunks...


We now have 3 resident chipmunks, 1 bunny, 2 hummingbirds, 2 chipping sparrows, a small flock of chickadees and gold finches plus the many birds(including a hawk), squirrels, mice, racoons that are occasional visitors.

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And now on an again serious note...where are all the bees?! I have noticed a drastic decline in the bees population here in Barrie this year. I feel it is less than 1/4 what it was last year!. None of my fruiting trees are producing fruit!


 plums 2.jpg  This is last years harvest....we got over 100 plums off this small specimen...this year not a one is forming. I suspect the bee decline.

 kiwi.jpg  Same goes for this Arctic Kiwi vine. Last year lots of fruit formed...this year none. I really need to get on the bee house project!!!

Comments (2)

Thanks for trying to help. It's so odd about the bees...I am growing lots of other flowering plants (such as sedum, napeta and galardia etc.)that are specific to attract them and I'm seeing hardly any bees. Even in areas nearby that are left for naturalizing (wildflowers), I'm not seeing any. Very different from other years! It's so worrisome. Glad you are not having the same problem.

Melanie replied to gary | July 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Hey great post. If you want to attract bees etc. plant some more flowering type plants. Like kale. You can eat it the first year and then in the second year it will produce flowers that attract bees and quite a variety of them. Or just plant some bee inviting flowers of some kind. I like growing vegetables and I let some of the weeds grow. Weed flowers are most inviting to bees especially when they are not sprayed. Ya gotta love it!

gary | July 22, 2009 at 3:37 AM
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