Plant Materials

Not sure how to pick the best tree or shrub? Have questions about how large something will grow, or finding the perfect plant for wet soil conditions? Utilize our easy to use ‘Plant Finder’ tab to the right of this page and find timely, specific localized information on over 12,000 plants – complete with pictures. You can even create your own customized ‘My Plants’ list to before coming into our Garden Centres thus making for a truly personalized shopping experience!

Annuals, Perennials, Trees & Shrubs in all sizes and in large quantities to satisfy any project. A hanging basket or a large spruce tree, the selection is here and ready to be a part of your landscape. Delivery and planting services also available.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What Is a Certified Arborist?

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics.

To read more about the history of ISA, check out the website www.isa-arbor.com

Classic Landscapes and the International Society of Arboriculture (Arborists)

Classic Landscapes is committed to forever learning and professional development, especially as it pertains to maintaining a presence as valued members of the community. We are proud to have full time ISA Certified Arborists on staff to serve, train, and perform in a manner that reflects our dedication to landscape construction and the environment.

Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.

The ISA continues to be a dynamic medium through which arborists around the world share their experience and knowledge for the benefit of society. ISA is aligned on many fronts with other green organizations and is working hard to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through research and the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform tree care consumers.

 

 

How do I choose a good tree?

There are 3 things to keep in mind when selecting a tree: Roots, Injuries, and Form (RIF). A high-quality tree will have:

  • enough sound roots to support healthy growth.
  • a trunk free of mechanical wounds.
  • no wounds from incorrect pruning.
  • a strong form with well-spaced, firmly attached branches.

A low-quality tree will have one or more of these problems present, and the tree’s chances for a long, attractive, healthy and productive life are greatly reduced.

How far apart should I plant my trees?

When deciding how far apart your trees should be planted, the adult size of the tree needs to be considered. You also need to decide how much intergrowth of the trees you desire. Here are some examples of planting distances for popular trees in this area:

  • Silver Maple 10-15 Meters
  • American Elm: 10-15 Meters
  • Linden: 6-11 Meters
  • Birch: 6-11 Meters
  • Mountain Ash: 6-11 Meters
  • Flowering Crab Apple: 6-11 Meters
  • Scot’s Pine: 4-11 Meters
  • Colorado Spruce: 4-11 Meters
  • Poplar (Columnar, Swedish Aspen): 4-9 Meters

There are other factors that must be considered when deciding how far apart you can plant your trees. These are set distances from certain objects that are set by the city, and must be adhered to when placing a tree:

  • Distance from corner: 7.5 Meters
  • Distance from light poles: 3.5 Meters
  • Distance from fire hydrants: 3.5 Meters
  • Distance from stop/yield signs: 3.5 Meters
  • Distance from bus stops: 3.5 Meters
  • Distance from other signs: 2 Meters
  • Distance from driveway/sidewalk: 2 Meters
  • Distance from utilities-underground: 1 Meter

How do I Plant Plants/Trees Properly?

Plants & Shrubs (Scroll down for trees)

  1. Start with a hole that is at least twice the size of the pot or ball of soil.
  2. Take the plant out of the pot and measure it in the hole, dig or add soil to the right height. You don’t want to plant it any deeper than it has already been planted in the pot.how to plant plants
  3. Add Organic Matter and bone meal to the hole. Organic Matter helps to retain moisture and nutrients. Bone meal will help with development of roots.
  4. Before planting, be sure to cut tangled or girdling roots.
  5. Set the plant in the hole and fill the hole a few inches of soil at a time, lightly packing after each layer.
  6. Add Mulch if wanted.
  7. Water plants regularly for the first season after planting.

Trees planted May 1-30 will survive best, but planting from September 1-October 15 can also be successful. Here are some helpful steps to follow when planting a tree:tree-planting

  1. Dig the tree well 6-8″ (15-20cm) wider and deeper than the root ball size.
  2. Place the tree at a depth so that the top of the root ball is even with the ground, and firm the soil around the roots to the top of the tree well. making sure the tree is straight.
  3. Stake the tree and water thoroughly using 15 gallons (68 litres) of water per 1″ (2.5cm) of trunk diameter, measured 12″ (30cm) from the ground.