About Leanne Philip

Dr. Leanne J Philip, BSc. (Hon.); MSc.; PhD. is the Managing Director & Chief Scientist of Soil Advocates Inc. She studied at the University of Guelph as an undergraduate (Plant Biology, Environmental Management and Urban Horticulture) and as a graduate student (Plant & Soil Interactions). She has a keen interest in soil sciences, which lead her to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for doctoral studies in soil carbon sequestration and movement within British Columbia’s clear-cut soils. Further work in soil sciences in Europe and Canada reinforced Dr. Philip’s belief that soil processes and mechanisms belowground drive aboveground aesthetics and plant interactions. While active in both research, mentorship and teaching, most recently Dr. Philip has been working in applied soil sciences in industry and community outreach. Dr. Philip is a native of southern Ontario and is a strong advocate for scientific literacy within her community and responsible environmental stewardship.

What’s Your Favorite Tree Form?

A tree’s form refers to its shape, which occurs naturally or can be altered through pruning. Observing the form of a tree can help you identify its species. It can also alter the area surrounding the tree and play a large role in the aesthetics of a yard or piece of land.

Different types of trees […]

By |2019-02-04T20:29:59-04:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Perilous Life of a Street Tree –Why Are They Dying at Such an Alarming Rate?

Passing trees planted along roads and walkways helps us feel more connected to nature each day. Cities across Canada – and the entire world – have implemented programs to plant new trees to liven up the city streets, shade sidewalks, provide homes to animals and clean the neighborhood air.

However, these street trees are subjected to […]

By |2019-01-28T11:16:54-04:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Importance of Scientific Literacy

The words we use every day, matter– whether we are talking to a friend, explaining something at our jobs or discussing an important problem. The same is true in science. Words have the power to transform the way we think about the world and deal with scientific challenges.

This is why scientific literacy is so important. […]

By |2019-01-15T15:36:51-04:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Should We Adopt New Techniques for Tree Nurseries?

Climate change has caused widespread changes in the way we look at botany, gardening and growing plants and trees. Many types of businesses and industries will be significantly impacted by the effects of climate change as it continues to worsen in the coming years. One question to ask—should wholesale tree nurseries adopt new techniques in […]

By |2018-10-19T18:42:11-04:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Soil Contamination: Remediation Options And Alternatives

Growing a healthy garden requires you to maintain clean and healthy soil. If you have soil contamination, there are numerous problems that could arise and make it difficult for you to get good growth out of your plants and flowers.

It can be helpful to conduct soil sample analyses before you do any significant work […]

How Urban Forestry Improves The Environement In Urban Areas

Urban forestry is defined as being the care and upkeep of tree populations in urban settings to improve the overall environment in these urban areas. Urban foresters are tasked with planting and maintaining trees, preserving forests in and adjacent to urban areas and researching and promoting the benefits of trees to urban populace. There […]

By |2018-10-19T18:31:43-04:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , |

Re-Using Insect-Damaged Wood: A New Recycling Trend

Damaged wood is the result of insects being unchecked, whether it be in trees or in existing furnishings. The problems are exacerbated when the trees are dead, or the wood has been damp for a period of time.

Emerald ash borers and pine beetles are two of the most common types of insects […]

By |2018-10-19T18:22:33-04:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , |

The Beauty and Wonder of Wasaga Beach, Canada

There are many gorgeous natural spaces in Canada, from the tundra of the north to the wild expanses of the Yukon, from the Canadian Rockies to the crystal blue and turquoise waters of Lake Louise in Banff. But if you’re looking for a beach atmosphere, you can do little better than the awesome Wasaga […]

By |2018-10-19T18:29:56-04:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , |

The Threat of Rising CO2 Concentrations

The levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere are constantly increasing, a worrying trend for environmentalists and the planet as a whole.

In May, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceeded 411 parts per million, which was the largest single monthly average ever to be recorded at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa […]

By |2018-08-30T21:35:50-04:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Environment|Tags: , , , |
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