I became interested in trees when we moved to one of Collingwood’s ‘tree streets’ last year. These streets, which run north to south in the downtown core, were named eons ago by the town founders – Pine, Maple, Beech, Birch, etc. – and houses on these well-established tree streets are now considered prime real estate.
The irony is that some of them have no trees at all. Ours was a case in point. Although our back yard was shaded and leafy with a selection of mature maple and walnut trees, the front yard of our newly built home was barren. We needed some trees there.
And so the research began. We wanted to plant a large-ish tree to suit the size of the front lawn (and our lack of patience for long-term growth). That’s when I discovered that big trees mean big money. Buying a large, mature tree can cost thousands of dollars. The cost comes from the labour and the equipment required; transporting a large tree to a property requires a very large truck with a ‘tree spade’ mounted on its back. Then there’s the access issue, especially with back yards. This monster equipment has to be able to squeeze onto your property, possibly chewing up any existing lawn or garden beds.