When selecting plants, trees, or shrubs, consider the following factors to ensure you have the right plan for the right site. Doing so provides and advantage over pest problems.
In our semi-arid climate, drought tolerant plants thrive. There are many beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers with low water requirements. Plants which have adapted to our climate are usually more pest resistant.
Most plants are given a hardiness rating according to temperature zones, with Zone 1 being the coldest to Zone 8 being the mildest (in Canada). Our Kamloops climate ranges between Zone 3 at its highest levels, to Zone 6 at the valley bottom.
Within these zones there are areas known as micro-climates, where the climate differs from the surrounding area. Hedges, walls, and fencing may offer protection that can alter growing conditions.
Whether an area is sunny or shady, windy or protected, exposure will determine what plants will flourish where.
Try to plan for year round interest and enjoyment by considering more than just flowers. Think about the colour and texture of leaves, bark, and fruit, along with overall branching and shape of various plants.
Plants vary in the amount of care required to keep them looking attractive. Select plants that realistically meet your gardening time constraints.
Plant for mature size, do not prune for size.
The Tree Coupon program supports the City's goal of increasing our community's tree canopy to 20% from the current 12% as identified in its Urban Forestry Management Strategy. Urban trees provide many social, health, environmental and economic benefits, from removing atmospheric carbon dioxide and absorbing air pollutants, to reducing energy consumption and increasing property values.
Tree Coupons for 2020 are sold out.
Receive either a $20 or $50 discount, depending on the price of the tree. Coupons are valid until June 17, 2020. Please note that coupons are not available to pick up at City facilities.
A total of 500 coupons are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one coupon per household. Tree coupons can be picked up and used at participating nurseries. View the details below for participating retailers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupons will not be available for pickup at City facilities. Coupons will be available at participating nurseries. Coupons are only available at the time of purchase of an eligible tree and cannot be picked up at one store and used at another store. Coupons also cannot be picked up for use at a later date.
A total of 500 coupons are available on a first-come, first-served basis, to City of Kamloops residents within municipal boundaries with a limit of one per household. Residents will need to supply proof of address in the form of a driver’s licence, City of Kamloops utility statement, or property tax statement.
Coupons are available at the following participating locations, for use before June 17, 2020:
- Agri Supply
- Art Knapp Plantland
- Canadian Tire - Aberdeen
- Canadian Tire - North Shore
- Country Garden Greenhouses & Nursery
- Home Depot
- Lyons Garden and Landscape Centre
- Purity Feed Co.
Be sure the tree you select qualifies for the tree coupon! Your tree must meet one of the following qualifications:
- ornamental tree that is reasonably expected to grow to an approximate mature height of at least 4.5m (15ft)
- fruit tree of any size
Topping trees is a growing problem and is not recommended. Stub ends are a sign of poor pruning and destroys the health and beauty of the tree. The tree retaliates by producing an uruly crop of weakly-attached watersprouts, prone to disease and breakage. Disease enters through the stub ends, making the tree short-lived and even bulkier looking than before, resulting in re-pruning.
Protect your investment with proper pruning.
- Make mostly thinning cuts. Remove branches right back to the parent branch or trunk.
- Avoid creating stub ends.
- Make your cuts just outside the branch collar (a slight thickening where the branch joins its parent branch or trunk). Flush cuts destroy the tree's defense zone.
- Remove no more than 20% of the green.
- Remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches.
- Remove suckers and watersprouts.
- Remove badly placed branches that are crossing or rubbing each other, growing into the centre of tree or branches that are growing into walkways, roadways, or buildings.
- If desired, trim slender branch tips a few inches, to a bud or parent branch