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White pine weevils target the leader, or top branch, of young spruce trees.

Keep watch for insects that attack trees

There are a number of pests that harm trees, including yellow-headed spruce sawfly, spider mites, and white pine weevils

There are several insects that affect trees that you should keep an eye out for this year. “The yellow-headed spruce sawfly has been a problem for spruce the last few years, as well as spider mites,” said provincial agro-forestry specialist Toso Bozic. “White pine weevils have also been a problem for young spruce trees, as […] Read more

Hydrangeas were once thought suitable only for more moderate climates, but there are now hardy varieties that can survive Prairie winters.

You’ve got more (landscaping) choices than you think

Many imported trees and shrubs can do well here and mixing them with native species adds diversity

Diverse species of trees and shrubs contribute to the health, function, and beauty of your property, says the province’s agroforestry and bioenergy specialist. “A variety of tree and shrub species can be found in Alberta’s urban and rural areas including ones that, in theory, should not be grown here at all due to our harsh […] Read more


Cutting your own tree ensures freshness and can make lasting Christmas memories.

Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches

Provincial specialist offers his tips for finding the perfect tree for the fast-approaching holiday season

Christmas will soon be here, and picking out that perfect tree is a family ritual full of promise and fun. “Over two million trees are harvested as Christmas trees across Canada each year,” said provincial woodlot extension specialist Toso Bozic. “We have very few Christmas tree growers in Alberta. The eastern provinces, British Columbia, Oregon […] Read more

Before the trimming, pick the right Christmas tree

Here are the basics when buying and caring for your tree this holiday season

More than two million Christmas trees are harvested in Canada each year, but if you don’t cut your own, check to make sure it’s fresh. “When buying a Christmas tree, be sure to conduct a freshness test,” said provincial woodlot extension specialist Toso Bozic. “Grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it […] Read more