March 1, 2018
Online tool promotes tree success
Poor soil content, improper management practices and incorrect tree species selection are chronic problems. Tree replacement is costly, reducing the social and ecological benefits of a greener landscape. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre of Vineland, Ont., has launched greeningcanadianlandscape.ca, featuring a soil remediation calculator and tree species selector. The soil remediation calculator is user-friendly, offering access to instantly generated reports. The tree species selector draws on a broad species database, generating optimal tree selection recommendation based on user criteria. Although tree selections are currently suited to eastern Canada, with Ontario-specific pest and disease notes, efforts are under way to customize the website for central Canada with Alberta-specific pest and disease notes. Currently, trees hardy as far north as USDA Zone two and as far south as Zone 6 have been included.