Have you ever wondered why forests have that rich deep scent in the fall? We’re all thankful for fresh clean air after a summer of wildfires and the resulting smoke and ash fallout, and seasonal changes take place in our forests that make the air sweet and rich. These harvest aromas are caused by shortening days and sunshine signalling trees and other vegetation to prepare for winter by shedding leaves to preserve energy. Leaves turn colour, and die off the branch, exhaling aerosols and terpenes through tiny holes known as stomata. These aromatic compounds are released into the forest air, and mix with the earthy scent of decomposing plant matter and fungus blooming in the damp, cooling soil to create the classic musky-sweet smell typical of our urban forests this time of year.
The fall season is also time for pruning, crown reduction and removing diseased trees before winter storms bring them down. If you are unsure about the condition of the trees on your property, call us for a customized quote and on-site consultation. We’ll assess the health of your trees and make recommendations for seasonal tree care to prepare for winter. We have full WCB coverage and over 40 years of experience working on Southcentral BC’s urban forests.
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