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Top Three Drought-Tolerant Trees for Okanagan Yards

Nestled in the heart of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley is renowned for its stunning landscapes and dry, sunny climate. While the region boasts perfect conditions for vineyards and orchards, the typically low precipitation levels present unique challenges for landscaping. As water conservation becomes increasingly important, selecting drought-tolerant trees is a smart choice for sustainable gardening. In this blog, we’ll explore three of the best drought-tolerant trees for the Okanagan region, along with tips on how to water them effectively.

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Lilac tree blooming in a Kelowna field

Nurturing Lilac Trees in Kelowna’s Summer Heat

As arborists at Action Tree Service in the picturesque city of Kelowna, BC, we have the pleasure of working with a variety of beautiful trees that thrive in our unique climate. One of the most enchanting and popular among our clients is the lilac tree. Famous for its vibrant blooms and sweet fragrance, the lilac can be a stunning addition to any landscape. However, maintaining these delicate trees in Kelowna’s sometimes harsh summer heat requires specific care. In this blog, we’ll share some of the wisdom we’ve garnered over the years on how to keep your lilac trees flourishing even during our warmest months.

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Okanagan Flowering Cherry Tree in a Kelowna yard

Is an Okanagan Flowering Cherry Tree Right for Your Kelowna Garden

Nestled in the heart of British Columbia, Kelowna is a city celebrated for its stunning natural landscapes, vibrant agriculture, and, of course, its exceptional suitability for growing a variety of plants and trees. Among the myriad options for garden enthusiasts, the Okanagan Flowering Cherry tree stands out as a potentially perfect addition to local landscapes. This article delves into the benefits, care, and resilience of the Okanagan Flowering Cherry tree, specifically in the context of Kelowna’s unique climate and environmental conditions.

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Action Tree arborist in a boom truck prunes a tall tree

Spring Tree Pruning-Science and Art

As the frost of winter melts away and the first buds of spring begin to bloom, the attention of gardening enthusiasts and homeowners alike turns towards the annual ritual of tree pruning. This delicate task, straddling the line between art and science, is essential not only for the aesthetic appeal of our landscapes but also for the health and vitality of our trees. In the picturesque cityscapes and lush private gardens, the importance of entrusting this task to professional arborists cannot be overstated.

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Claw feed tree limbs into brush chipper

Award Winning Service Provider

Back in September of last year, the City of Kelowna received the 2023 Climate and Energy Action Award in the Community Planning and Development category from the Community Energy Association. Kelowna’s FireSmart community chipping program is a curbside removal and chipping program where highly flammable plant and shrub materials are removed at no charge. This program was part of Kelowna’s FireSmart landscaping initiative. A program was put in place to help people in Kelowna make informed choices about how to manage their lawns and gardens to increase wildfire resilience.

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Young trees at a tree farm

Choosing the Right Trees for Your Kelowna Residence

Nestled in the picturesque Okanagan Valley, Kelowna, British Columbia, offers a stunning landscape, with its vineyards, orchards, and majestic lakes. For homeowners in this region, adding trees to their residence not only enhances the natural beauty but also contributes to a healthier environment. However, Kelowna’s unique climate and its susceptibility to wildfires make tree selection an important consideration.

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Trees in a clearing outside of an ignition zone near a home

Brush & Tree Removal for Wildfire Resilience

Manage your Firesmart property by first identifying ignition zones. Ignition zones are specific areas around a property that are evaluated for their vulnerability to ignition during a wildfire. Managing ignition zones is a critical aspect of wildfire resilience, as it involves implementing measures to reduce the risk of a wildfire starting on or spreading to your property.

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Action Tree's fleet of arborists equipment

What Can a Kelowna Arborist Do for You

An arborist is a person who specialises in the cultivation, maintenance, and study of trees, shrubs, and other permanent woody plants. They are also known as tree surgeons or tree care specialists. Arborists are educated specialists with knowledge of the biology, upkeep, diagnosis, and treatment of issues relating to trees.

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Tree bags wrapped around the trucks of trees in a Kelowna park

Creative Ways to Water Your Trees

In Kelowna, BC, where the summers can be hot, trees generally require regular watering to thrive. However, the specific watering frequency and amount can vary depending on various factors such as tree species, age, soil type, weather conditions, and overall health of the tree.

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The Action Tree Service Fleet all lined up and ready to roll

What Equipment is Used by Arborists

Other than just having vast experience and knowledge on how to care for trees, arborists also have many types of specialised equipment at their disposal. This arborist equipment is useful for completing difficult tree-related tasks and removals safely. When a tree needs to be removed in Kelowna, it is always a good idea to get the help of an ISA Certified Arborist.

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