Plan be­fore you plant

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On­tario - Think­ing of tree planting next spring? Fall plan­ning brings spring planting! Forests On­tario and its planting part­ners want to re­mind landown­ers that fall is the most op­por­tune time for plan­ning next spring’s planting ac­tiv­i­ties.

Tree planting is an ex­cel­lent way to in­crease the value of your prop­erty and make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal health. Forests On­tario of­fers fund­ing as­sis­tance for tree planting through the 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram (50MTP), pro­vid­ing the ben­e­fits of tree planting at a re­duced cost. El­i­gi­ble landown­ers may re­ceive from 75 to 90 per cent coverage of to­tal planting costs through the pro­gram.

The 50MTP has been de­signed to make the tree planting process as easy as pos­si­ble for landown­ers. If your prop­erty has at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land avail­able for tree planting, all you have to do is reg­is­ter! A Forests On­tario rep­re­sen­ta­tive or planting agency will con­tact you to con­firm your el­i­gi­bil­ity and de­ter­mine the best ap­proach for you and your prop­erty. Whether you’re in­ter­ested in im­prov­ing your farm­ing op­er­a­tion, cre­at­ing wildlife habi­tat, in­creas­ing your prop­erty value, leav­ing a legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, or help­ing to fight cli­mate change, planting through the 50MTP can help you achieve your goals.

Ac­cord­ing to Wade Knight, Field Ad­vi­sor with Forests On­tario, plan­ning your tree planting project care­fully is an im­por­tant way to pro­tect your in­vest­ment. “A suc­cess­ful planting project re­quires a prop­erly pre­pared site, good planting stock, tree species matched to the site and soils, and a plan to care for the seedlings af­ter planting,” ex­plains Knight. Forests On­tario makes the plan­ning process as con­ve­nient as pos­si­ble by con­nect­ing landown­ers with the tools, ex­per­tise, and re­sources needed for suc­cess. Fall is the best time for a site visit.

Through the 50MTP, you are able to im­prove your prop­erty while help­ing the Gov­ern­ment of On­tario reach its goal of planting 50 mil­lion trees by 2025. To learn more about this pro­gram, visit us on­line at www.forest­son­tario.ca or con­tact our Forestry Pro­gram Man­ager, Stephanie Burns, at 1.877.646.1193 ext. 222 or [email protected]­son­tario.ca.

Ap­ply this fall to be­gin planting next spring! About 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram Forests On­tario ad­min­is­ters the On­tario gov­ern­ment’s 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram, part of the United Nations’ Bil­lion Tree Cam­paign. The United Nations’ goal is to plant one bil­lion trees world­wide each year. On­tario is com­mit­ted to plant 50 mil­lion trees by 2025.

The 50 Mil­lion Tree Pro­gram is de­signed to signi¬fi­cantly re­duce the costs to landown­ers of large-scale tree planting and thereby in­crease the num­ber of trees planted across the prov­ince. Forests On­tario Forests On­tario is the voice for our forests. Work­ing to pro­mote a fu­ture of healthy forests sus­tain­ing healthy peo­ple, Forests On­tario is com­mit­ted to the re-green­ing of On­tario through tree planting ef­forts on ru­ral lands and in ur­ban ar­eas, as well as the re­newal and ste­ward­ship of On­tario’s forests through restora­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness. Visit www. forest­son­tario.ca or fol­low us @ Forest­s_on­tario.

Cover the end. In-ground pools are sus­cep­ti­ble to wa­ter in­fil­tra­tion. To pre­vent this, screw caps to the ends of the wa­ter re­turns. Seal the caps by cov­er­ing the threads with Te­flon tape. This step is im­por­tant: fall rains or a thaw could raise the wa­ter level above the re­turns and even up as far as the skim­mer.

If your pool has a bot­tom drain, the pipe link­ing the bot­tom drain to the skim­mer will re­main full of wa­ter up to the same level as in the pool. Pro­tect this pipe us­ing the method de­scribed above.

Pour in some anti-freeze (about ¾ gal­lon [3.4 litres] in this case). Push in some foam rope. Close the valve at the skim­mer. Tip for added pro­tec­tion of the skim­mer As ice and wa­ter could rise up, do not let them into the skim­mer! From a pool sup­ply store, get some poly­styrene blocks de­signed for this pur­pose. First in­sert a rec­tan­gu­lar block into the bot­tom of the skim­mer, then push in a sec­ond block, trimmed to fit the top sec­tion.

Ex­tra tip:>@$p> Push one or two stiff wires through the blocks to keep them to­gether.

Pro­tect­ing the win­ter cover and other pre­cau­tions

Pool cov­ers left out in the open can be dam­aged by UV rays. Con­sid­er­ing their high cost (es­pe­cially in the case of an in-ground pool), you want to take ev­ery pre­cau­tion to ex­tend their use­ful life! Cover your pool with a win­ter tarp un­til spring.

Across the top of an in-ground pool, pull the cover taut and hold it in place us­ing stakes stuck into the ground.

Around an above-ground pool, use a sys­tem of ca­bles and tie-downs (bungee cords) to keep the cover tight around the pool.

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