Living with Trees

Living in the South Cowichan Valley, I think we can all agree that this is a beautiful place to call home. From this great location, we have an opportunity to experience some breaktaking views, whether it be Mount Baker, Salt Spring Island, Shawnigan Lake, Baldy or Cobble Hill Mountain or just some plain old blue sky. In this geographical location, with the amount of sunshine and rain that we get, the trees around us love it here too! We can be in control of maintenance of the trees on our own property, but we often wish that we could do something about a limb or tree top or a neighbour’s property. This is just another good reason to have good relations with neighbours.

Fortunately, there is a win-win solution for both you and your neighbour, in terms of tree maintenance.

There are methods to thin the crown (upper live foliage of tree) for views through the trees that will actually improve the health, safety and longevity of trees.

By crown thinning, we mean removing selected branches, including dead twigs and branches, in order to improve light penetration and air movement through the crown.Thinning toward the tips of a branch makes a tree safer because it can reduce the wind sail effect in the crown and relieve the weight of heavy limbs. We all have seen first hand the possible dangerous effects of heavy winds on the trees in the Cowichan Valley! Proper thinning should maintain the structural beauty, retain the tree’s natural shape as well as ensure that the tree is safe in all seasons and weather scenarios.

If you maintain a friendly relationship with your neighbours, it is possible to maintain your views or the amount of sunshine or light on your house and garden. With the right type of maintenance to your trees, everyone can equally enjoy this beautiful part of Vancouver Island, and at the same time, ensure that their trees are healthy and safe.