10 Drought-Tolerant Trees That Will Throw Shade

Landscape Design Tree Planting 10 Drought-Tolerant Trees That Will Throw Shade By Sheereen Othman | June 18, 2018 The summer heat has arrived. With the unpredictable climate patterns, one can only plan strategically when it comes to keeping cool long-term (and lowering energy-costs). Rising temperatures and drought in many communities make planting even harder. But don’t worry, here are 10 shade trees with drought-tolerance that will keep you cool and add beauty to your yard. 1. Eastern Redcedar Juniperus virginiana The eastern redcedar tree is a common sight throughout most of the plains states and eastern United States on road cuts, in fence rows and scattered across abandoned fields—especially where limestone soils are present. It is an aromatic tree, with reddish wood giving off the scent of cedar chests and crushed fruit providing a whiff of the gin they once flavored. Thanks to its tolerance of heat, salt, a wide range of soils and other adverse conditions, the e..
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Handle with Care: Tips for Trees Before Planting

Tree Care Handle with Care: Tips for Trees Before Planting By Sheereen Othman | June 15, 2018 You’ve done your homework. You found the right tree for the right place. Your planting site is ready, and you have all the tools you need. Now what? Planting a tree should be easy (and fun). Even though trees are hardy creatures, they still require care when taking them home from a nursery or picking one up at a tree giveaway. Ask an Arborist: How do I Choose a Nursery Tree? Here are 6 tips to keep in mind when you bring a new tree home. Don’t pick a tree up by the trunk. Always carry or lift it by the rootball or container. Tie trees securely to your car so that they don’t roll around. Rolling trees have the potential to crack the root ball and break roots. If the root ball of your tree is wrapped in plastic*, don’t leave it in the sun and let the roots overheat. Keep it in the shade or take the plastic off. *Sometimes nurseries wrap root balls in plastic to prevent moisture ..
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5 Top Trees to Plant in Tennessee for Pollinators

Landscape Design 5 Top Trees to Plant in Tennessee for Pollinators By Arbor Day Foundation | June 13, 2018 Guest post by Emma Fitzpatrick of Davey Tree. Did you know 85 percent of plants require a pollinator, and bees pollinate more than a third of our fruits and vegetables? Pollinators are an essential part of our everyday life. Without them, our gardens and grocery store’s produce sections would look shockingly sparse. As modern landscapes change, however, bees and other pollinators are fighting to survive. The loss of open space puts pressure on our urban environments to fill the nature gap. According to Scott Johnson, district manager of The Davey Tree Expert Company’s Nashville office, which services Williamson County, people across Tennessee are taking action. Brighten your Landscape with a Rain Garden “From our backyard landscapes to public space initiatives, there are many solutions to help the pollinator problem,” says Johnson. “And Tennessee seems to be lead..
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Top 5 Trees to Plant in Tennessee for Pollinators

Landscape Design Top 5 Trees to Plant in Tennessee for Pollinators By Arbor Day Foundation | June 13, 2018 Guest post by Emma Fitzpatrick of Davey Tree. Did you know 85 percent of plants require a pollinator, and bees pollinate more than a third of our fruits and vegetables? Pollinators are an essential part of our everyday life. Without them, our gardens and grocery store’s produce sections would look shockingly sparse. As modern landscapes change, however, bees and other pollinators are fighting to survive. The loss of open space puts pressure on our urban environments to fill the nature gap. According to Scott Johnson, district manager of The Davey Tree Expert Company’s Nashville office, which services Williamson County, people across Tennessee are taking action. Brighten your Landscape with a Rain Garden “From our backyard landscapes to public space initiatives, there are many solutions to help the pollinator problem,” says Johnson. “And Tennessee seems to be lead..
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Saying Goodbye: When it’s Time to Remove Your Tree

Tree Care Saying Goodbye: When it’s Time to Remove Your Tree By Arbor Day Foundation | June 11, 2018 Guest post by John Lang of Friendly Tree. Trees bring so much benefit and beauty to the landscape, it can be hard to part with them. But, while a tree may seem healthy to the untrained eye, it could be a disaster waiting to happen. Tree removal is usually a last resort, when no other safe management option, like pruning or disease mitigation, is sufficient. Dead, dying or otherwise hazardous trees can lead to thousands of dollars in damage, plus the priceless cost of personal injury. Often a tree doesn’t look dangerous until after a storm or heavy snow exposes its vulnerabilities. Nebraska: The Latest State to Identify EAB As a tree owner, you are responsible for damage or injury that occurs because a tree that should have been removed was left standing. The good news is, you can often tell if a tree is struggling by studying its branches, trunk, roots and location. He..
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6 Natural Adventures to Visit This Summer

National Forests Replanting Our National Forests 6 Natural Adventures to Visit This Summer By Sheereen Othman | June 5, 2018 June marks National Great Outdoors Month and National Rivers and Water Month. The beauty of our nation’s forests and parks are that they are filled with breathtaking views, unbeatable hiking trails, and diverse wildlife. The summer is the season to get outdoors and connect with nature. Here are 6 forests, parks, and preserves that we are replanting in and that are full of adventure. Sierra National Forest (CA) Rancheria Falls Known for its mountainous scenery and rivers and lakes, Sierra National Forest offers some of the most scenic landscapes and lots of trails. A few noteworthy trails include Rancheria Falls trail — a one-mile trail east of Huntington Lake that leads up to Rancheria Falls (perfect for summer), Pacific Crest Scenic Trail — a 30-mile trail that cuts through Sierra National Forest in the John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas —..
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7 Natural Adventures to Visit This Summer

National Forests Replanting Our National Forests 7 Natural Adventures to Visit This Summer By Sheereen Othman | June 5, 2018 June marks National Great Outdoors Month and National Rivers and Water Month. The beauty of our nation’s forests and parks are that they are filled with breathtaking views, unbeatable hiking trails, and diverse wildlife. The summer is the season to get outdoors and connect with nature. Here are 7 forests, parks, and preserves that we are replanting in and that are full of adventure. Sierra National Forest (CA) Rancheria Falls Known for its mountainous scenery and rivers and lakes, Sierra National Forest offers some of the most scenic landscapes and lots of trails. A few noteworthy trails include Rancheria Falls trail — a one-mile trail east of Huntington Lake that leads up to Rancheria Falls (perfect for summer), Pacific Crest Scenic Trail — a 30-mile trail that cuts through Sierra National Forest in the John Muir and Ansel Adams wilderness areas —..
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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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Drip Drop, How do Trees Make Flooding Stop?

Tree City USA Urban and Community Forestry/Green Infrastructure Drip Drop, How do Trees Make Flooding Stop? By Sheereen Othman | May 30, 2018 Natural disasters often strike without warning and wreak havoc wherever they land. A city can never be fully prepared for natural devastation, but there are measures they can put in place that will help reduce the impact. One of the easiest and cheapest tools a city can use is its urban forest. A thick, urban forest can reduce the environmental and economic impact of heavy storms. A dense urban forest helps reduce flooding during a rainstorm because trees act as a sponge by soaking up stormwater. When there are less trees, there is more stormwater runoff. In the same way that shrubs and trees planted along waterways slow flood waters and filter runoff from land, a thick urban forest absorbs excess rain that would otherwise flood flat surfaces. When storm drains reach capacity, stormwater has nowhere to go, so it runs along streets a..
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Weeping Willow: The Tree of Romance

Tree of the Week Weeping Willow: The Tree of Romance By James R. Fazio | May 29, 2018 Were they water maidens in the long ago, that they lean out sadly looking down below? — Walter Prichard Eaton If ever there were a tree to stir the heart of a poet, weeping willow would claim the honor. To Walter Prichard Eaton, the long, slender branches gently dipping to the water of a river, “still…deep and brown,” is nothing if not the hair of a once-fair maiden. Robert Herrick also saw melancholy, proclaiming, “Thou art to all lost love the best,” a tree under which distressed young men and maids “weary of the light…come to weep out the night.” Napoleon Bonaparte must have seen something of this in the tree, too. When banished to the island of St. Helena, Napoleon is said to have found a favorite place beneath a weeping willow, undoubtedly reflecting there on his lost honors. He was buried by the tree, and cuttings from it came into high demand around the world. One even made its ..
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