Plan before you plant
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.