Turning an Invasive Species into a Resource by Thomas Christopher

The black locust, insists its harvester Blue Sky, “is a much maligned tree.” A native of the central Appalachians and Ozark Mountains, it has extended its range into New England, where it is considered to be invasive. In particular, it has become abundant in north-central Massachusetts where Blue Sky lives and logs. He, however, has turned this ecological malefactor into a resource. As proprietor of “A Black Locust Connection”, he supplies black locust fence posts, trellises, and lumber to a varied and numerous clientele throughout New England and New York. It was my friend Brian who first took me to Blue Sky’s lumber yard in Colrain, Massachusetts. The Douglas fir frames that enclosed the beds in Brian’s vegetable garden have rotted away, and although he wants to replace them with something more durable, he wants to avoid the use of toxic pressure-treated lumber. Black locust boards are the perfect solution to this dilemma: this extremely rot resistant wood will survive in contact wi..
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[Podcast] Trees Are Key: Keys to Watering Trees

Tree Care [Podcast] Trees Are Key: Keys to Watering Trees By Arbor Day Foundation | June 4, 2018 This podcast is part of the Trees are Key series hosted by Paul Johnson of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Water is key to healthy trees. too much and too little water look very similar. Too little water means the tree can’t pull water out of the ground and it doesn’t have enough to photosynthesize or carry nutrients. Too much water means there’s too little air in the soil and the roots suffocate. Similar symptoms caused by opposite conditions — flood and drought. Water is vital for the success of our trees. In this podcast find out how, when and how much to water your trees, and when you don’t need to bother. You’ll also learn how to test your sprinkler system in order to run it the appropriate length of time. Watch Ask an Arborist: How do I Know if my Trees Need Water? Join Paul (@treevangelist), during #treechat on Twitter every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Central Tim..
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