Too much salt may be killing Bloor St. trees

Too much salt may be killing Bloor St. trees

Street trees need lots of water to survive, but even those that get plenty are susceptible to the ravages of life in the big city. After our column last month about the large number of recently planted trees that are dead or dying on Queens Quay, readers wrote to us about other street trees that […]

Bushes, trees obscure traffic on one-lane bridge

Bushes, trees obscure traffic on one-lane bridge

When two drivers approach a one-lane bridge from opposite directions, it’s essential that they get a good look at each other ahead of time. But that’s hard to do at the Sewells Rd. bridge, where tress and bushy weeds can prevent drivers from seeing oncoming traffic until they’re almost on top of each other. Northbound […]

Trees buried by an avalanche of construction debris

Trees buried by an avalanche of construction debris

Some people who disregard city bylaws tend to be sneaky about it, but not those who piled tonnes of concrete around a vulnerable young tree. The mountain of busted-up concrete chunks burying it is so spectacular that it’s hard not to conclude that the knuckleheads who did it have never heard of Toronto’s tree protection […]

Dormant ancient fungi could help trees adapt to climate change, study says

Dormant ancient fungi could help trees adapt to climate change, study says

A new study from the University of British Columbia Okanagan says ancient dormant fungi could help modern tree species adapt to climate change. Biology professor Jason Pither, co-author of the study published in the June 2017 issue of FEMS Microbiology Ecology, says fungi already help tree species through symbiotic relationships. Modern fungi commonly help trees […]