Do You 811?
By Arbor Day Foundation | October 5, 2018
If not, you should. It can save your life and protect the environment.
Guest post by Mary Patricia Kindt, Underground Safety Alliance.
Does 811 sound familiar? For tree lovers, or anyone who ever digs or does underground work of any sort, it’s a very important number to know. The “Call Before You Dig” number, better known as 811, is the national federally designated phone number for underground line locating. However, thanks to the progression of technology, there is now an easier and faster way to have your utility lines marked, and that is with online locate requests (learn more at Call811.com). Either way, 811 is synonymous with underground safety. Contacting 811 is free, and is a public service intended to keep the public and environment safe.
The 811 number has been around for 11 years, although the Call Before You Dig system was in place long before that. With population growth and the ceaseless ..
Urban and Community Forestry/Green Infrastructure
Investing in Community Trees
By Matt Spitsen | October 1, 2018
NeighborWoods Month Marks the Celebration of Community Forests
Young people are told that if they want to retire comfortably, they need to start saving a little money early in life. Deposits, even with low interest rates, over time, add up to surprisingly large yields of cash.
This same concept can be applied to trees. The “deposits” are trees planted, and the yields are the myriad benefits trees provide.
Why Tree City USA? Why YOUR City?
One of the greatest forces in helping grow community forests are local non-profit organizations like those that are part of the Alliance for Community Trees network. These community-based organizations are dedicated to planting and caring for trees. They are the boots on the ground and they are changing towns and cities across the country.
National Wildlife Federation reports that there are up to 200 million spaces alon..
How Trees Can Retain Stormwater Runoff
By Arbor Day Foundation | September 27, 2018
Trees in our communities provide many services beyond the inherent beauty they lend to streets and properties. One of the most overlooked and underappreciated is their ability to reduce the volume of water rushing through gutters and pipes following a storm. This means less investment in expensive infrastructure and – importantly – cleaner water when the runoff reaches rivers and lakes.
READ: Drip Drop, How do Trees Make Flooding Stop?
How do trees help with stormwater management?
Trees help reduce stormwater runoff in several ways.
Trees intercept rain and hold a portion of it on their leaves and bark. Part of this intercepted rain will evaporate and part will be gradually released into the soil.
Fallen leaves help form a spongy layer that moderates soil temperature and helps retain moisture, harbors organisms that break down organic matter, and recycle elements for use in pla..
Landscape Design Tree Planting
8 Trees that Flaunt Brilliant Fall Color
By Arbor Day Foundation | September 24, 2018
Autumn is “leaf season,” nature’s annual color festival. Environmental factors and the genetic makeup of the trees determine the intensity and times of peak color, with factors varying from tree to tree and region to region.
Here are 8 of our favorite trees for fall color. These trees will also provide spring color, shade, privacy, and wildlife habitat.
Called “one of the best and most consistent native trees for fall color” by tree expert Michael Dirr, the black tupelo is a terrific landscaping choice. Displaying various hues of yellow, orange, bright red and purple—often on the same branch—its foliage is a stand-out of the autumn season. Even the distinctive bark, which resembles alligator hide, adds visual and textural interest.
And while its blooms may not seem noteworthy, bees will be very appreciative of the presence o..
Corporate Partnerships Urban and Community Forestry/Green Infrastructure
New Jersey Tree Foundation Greens Communities on TD Tree Days
By Mary Sweeney | September 21, 2018
Guest post by Beth Kwart, Development Director, NJ Tree Foundation
The TD Tree Days program gives us opportunities to make a large impact in community parks, residential streets, and open spaces. We have planted anywhere from 30 to 130 trees at one time through our TD Tree Days events.
-Lisa Simms, Executive Director for the New Jersey Tree Foundation.
Each year, the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank awards 10 community grants to municipalities with Tree City USA designation as part of the TD Green Streets program. The grants are used to plant trees in barren and underserved communities.
The New Jersey Tree Foundation—an organization dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for New Jersey residents by planting trees—has partnered with TD Green Streets grant recipients in New Jersey..
Featured Tree Planting
9 Trees that Can Survive Flooding
By Sheereen Othman | September 19, 2018
It’s that time of year, where storms, hurricanes, and flooding become more common. Storms deliver torrential rain that can lead to massive flooding, damaging homes, businesses, and sometimes our community trees. But some tree species are more tolerant than others at withstanding the impact of a storm and its aftereffects like puddles, soil deposition, and rushing streams.
Here are 11 tree species that can thrive in wet soil and flood conditions and can weather a storm.
1. River Birch
As its name suggests, the river birch naturally grows along river banks. But as a landscape tree, it can be planted almost anywhere in the U.S. The species is valued for its relatively rapid growth, tolerance of wetness and some drought, unique curling bark, spreading limbs and relative resistance to birch borer.
The river birch has not yet reached the popularity of many maples and..
Are Your Trees Stressed?
By Arbor Day Foundation | September 17, 2018
Guest post by John Lang of Friendly Tree.
Believe it or not, trees get stressed, too.
While trees in forests typically live for a hundred years or more, trees in cities and towns usually only survive for a few decades. This is because various stressors in the urban landscape take their toll on tree health. Let’s explore some of these factors and how they can be managed.
What Causes Tree Stress?
It’s a common misconception that insects and disease are the main causes for tree death. The human environment actually causes the majority of stress that trees experience – and in fact, even infestation can in many cases be traced back to human activity.
Improper planting is one of the major reasons trees decline in urban environments. Additional contributors to tree stress include watering too much, watering too little, soil compaction, exposure to road salt and pollution, and construction near roo..
Nonprofit Partnerships Lead to Meaningful Projects with Employees
By Matt Spitsen | September 10, 2018
With summer’s end drawing near and fall planting season approaching, it’s a great time to reflect on what allows us to fulfill our mission of inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Partnerships.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller
Seldom can we accomplish our mission without help from individuals, communities, and our partners. This has never been truer as we grow and increase our reach.
Our corporate partners come to us looking for a way to engage their employees with their sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals. They are looking for a way to engage their workforce — but not just in one community, across their global or national footprint.
TruGreen Helps to Distribute Free Trees to Communities in Need
Thanks to our network of planting partners around the world, we’re able..
Ask An Arborist Tree Care
Ask an Arborist: How do I use Arbor Day Foundation Tree Care Products?
By Christine Hutfles | September 5, 2018
Tree care products help protect your newly planted tree from outside forces like wildlife and can reduce tree care needs such as watering. However, these products are intended to aid with tree maintenance, not replace it. Leaving products on and forgetting about them can do more harm than good to your tree.
Ooze Tube and Treegator®
The first products we’ll talk about are watering systems like ooze tubes and the Treegator®.
These systems simplify watering by allowing you to fill a 15-gallon bag that sits around the trunk of a tree. They’re great because they do a lot of the work for you. They also promote deep root growth, eliminate water runoff, and prevent transplant and drought shock.
Ask an Arborist: How do I Know if my Trees Need Water?
Ooze tubes and Treegators work on a range of trees and shrubs and they’re easy to install. Sim..
Tree Campus USA
10-Year Tree Campus USA Spotlight: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
By Amber Morrison | August 31, 2018
Service Learning for Students is a big part of the Tree Campus USA Experience at UNL
This year, Tree Campus USA celebrates its 10-year anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, we are highlighting the campuses that have been part of the program since the beginning. Guest post by Eileen Bergt, Assistant Director UNL Landscape Services, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL) was honored to be one of the first designated Tree Campus USA schools dating back to 2008. Prior to 2008, UNL only met three of the Tree Campus USA standards –lacking in formally engaging our student population. Tree Campus USA had a positive influence on UNL by giving us a push to engage students in tree planting. UNL is now able to share and embrace students’ passion, energy and care for our trees through the Service Learning Project.
In the past, ..