6 Ways Urban Trees Make You More Active Outdoors

Misc Trees 6 Ways Urban Trees Make You More Active Outdoors By Sheereen Othman | August 6, 2018 Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives Spending time outdoors in nature is not only fun, but it’s therapeutic and rejuvenating. Time spent in nature improves your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Residents who live in greener communities are three times more likely to be physically active and 40 percent less likely to be overweight than those living in less green settings. To kick-off National Exercise with your Child Week, we’re sharing 6 ways trees lure you outdoors and make you want to stay there. Shade People like to stay cool, so when there are opportunities to walk or sit under a shaded area, residents are more likely to go outdoors. But it doesn’t only apply to parks and green spaces, trees in the city brings more people to the city. Evaporation from leaves can cool a neighborhood by a few degrees during the hottest periods. Summer heat waves make this more evident than e..
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Happy American Adventures Month

National Forests Happy American Adventures Month By Sheereen Othman | August 2, 2018 Did you know that August marks American Adventures Month? American Adventures month was started by adventurer Peter Kulkkula as an initiative to celebrate and explore American lands. With more than 400 national forests and state parks and hundreds of wilderness areas, there is so much to be explored. Our nation’s forests are a beautiful place to start. Forests are full of natural wonder and recreational opportunities. In 2016, national forests saw an estimated 148 million recreation visits. Forests filter our water. More than 180 million Americans depend on forest watersheds for their drinking water. Forests are the largest natural carbon sinks in the world. National forests sequester more than 50 million metric tons of carbon every year. Slowing climate change and cleaning the air. 7 Natural Adventures to Visit This Summer Forest are home to unique wildlife habitat. National forests..
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Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Grapes

Tree Care Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Grapes By Kim Peacock | August 1, 2018 How to Plant and Care for Grapes Concord, Niagara, and Catawba are all native American bunch grapes. The grapes are used for the table, juice, jelly, jam and wine. For grapes you must be particularly careful to match the type and variety of grape to the site’s climate. We recommend that you consult with your local county extension service, local nurseries, or gardening neighbors for the best selections for your area. Read Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Blueberry Choosing a Site Light: Full Sun Soil: Prefer a deep, acidic (low pH 5.0-6.5), well drained, sandy soil, but they tolerate a wide range of soil types except alkaline and wet. Organic matter content should range between 4-5 percent, but a highly fertile soil is not recommended. If the soil is too fertile, the vine grows too fast and doesn’t bear well. If possible, do a soil test and amend the soil before planting. Pollinatio..
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Designing a Landscape with Trees

Landscape Design Designing a Landscape with Trees By Sheereen Othman | July 30, 2018 Plants are some of the easiest (and most sustainable) ways to make a landscape more vibrant and welcoming. Planting the right tree for the right place helps ensure that your tree will live a healthy life for years to come. The most successful designs are those that are planned and take climate and environmental factors into consideration. The Right Tree for the Right Place This guide will help you get started on creating a healthy and functional yard using trees and shrubs. Plan Before you Plant What do you want? Before you can narrow down your tree selection determine why you are planting a tree. Here are some of the most common reasons trees are planted in the home landscape. Shade: Do you want to add shade to your yard? Pick a tree with a broad canopy that will cast a big shadow. Beauty: If you want to enhance your curb appeal, consider planting something with vibrant color or uniq..
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How to Properly Water Your Trees

Tree Care How to Properly Water Your Trees By Arbor Day Foundation | July 27, 2018 Guest post by John Lang of Friendly Tree. Now that summer is in full swing, watering your trees properly is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and stress-free. With much of the Southwest United States currently in drought conditions, consistent watering is key to happy trees. But did you know — the most common watering mistake is actually too much water? Whether it’s too much or too little, watering can be tricky if you don’t know how to do it. Follow this guide to ensure your trees make through summer with flying colors: When to Water During a summer afternoon, up to half of the water can be lost to evaporation. The best time to water is in the morning or evening, so the roots have a chance to absorb most of the water. Unfortunately, there’s no magic schedule for watering trees. How often you should water will depend on the size of your tree, soil conditions, and weather conditio..
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Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Blueberry

Tree Care Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Blueberry By Kim Peacock | July 25, 2018 How to Plant, Care, and Prune Blueberry Bushes Northern highbush blueberries are natives of North America. They are an upright bush with a relatively shallow, fibrous root system and woody canes. Fruit is borne on buds formed during the previous growing season in late summer. Highbush blueberry plants leaf, flower, and fruit in June. They are used as hedges, shrub borders, beautiful ornamentals or for wildlife. This guide will take you step by step, from selecting and planting the right fruit trees, bushes, and vines for your backyard garden or orchard, all the way to upkeep of your mature tree. Read Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Blackberry Choosing a Site Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade Soil: Moist, acidic, organic, well-drained soil. Highbush blueberries require a soil pH of 4.0-5.2. If you do not have acidic soil, it can easily be changed by working with a local lawn and gar..
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The Carbon Footprint of Coffee

Arbor Day Coffee The Carbon Footprint of Coffee By Jon Ferguson | July 23, 2018 Great coffee starts with great beans, but harvesting beans requires energy, energy that releases carbon. There are so many people involved from seed to cup that it makes it more crucial than ever to offset carbon and cut emissions wherever possible. One pound of roasted coffee produces an average of 11 pounds of carbon. The three largest culprits of carbon emissions in the coffee supply chain happen at the farm, mill, and consumption level. Harvesting coffee emits a lot of carbon, which is why growing coffee in harmony with trees is so important to offsetting these emissions. In countries where limited resources are available, much of the traditional harvesting methods that don’t depend on heavy machinery are more sustainable than modern techniques. But the greatest area of carbon emissions happens at consumption. Think of a coffee shop and all the energy it requires to operate. Things like..
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TruGreen Helps to Distribute Free Trees to Communities in Need

Community Tree Recovery Corporate Partnerships TruGreen Helps to Distribute Free Trees to Communities in Need By Abbie Eisenhart | July 20, 2018 Guest post by our friends at TruGreen. In celebration of National Arbor Day, TruGreen once again teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to support the Community Tree Recovery Program. Several TruGreen branches in the areas of Buffalo, Detroit, and Boulder helped homeowners by planting trees in areas affected by natural disasters. These new trees were free and will help to replace those lost to the emerald ash borer and hurricanes of 2017. Detroit: Kevin Sayers, Michigan DNR Urban Forestry Program Coordinator, Service Manager Tony Bryant, Christine O’Neil, and Service Manager Tom O’Neil. Buffalo: Service Manager Bob Chu along with his branch team leading tree planting efforts to support TruGreen. The events in each community were led by branch leaders and branch teams. According to Caleb Hall, TruGreen general manager in Litt..
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Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Blackberry

Tree Care Caring for Fruit Trees and Bushes: Blackberry By Kim Peacock | July 18, 2018 How to Plant, Care, and Prune Arapaho Blackberry Bushes Blackberries are often considered one of the easiest fruits to grow at home. They are a native species to the United States and grow as a small shrub or trailing vine. The fruit from this plant can be used for table fruit, syrup, jams, and jelly. Proper care starts when you select a proper plant, and what you do in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span. This guide will take you step by step, from selecting and planting the right fruit trees, bushes, and vines for your backyard garden or orchard, all the way to upkeep of your mature tree. Choosing a Site Light: Full Sun Soil: Prefer acidic to slightly basic (6.0-7.0), well-drained, organic soil. However, they adapt to most soil types except alkaline and wet. If you have clay soil, you will need to amend with organic matter. To increas..
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Arbor Day Foundation Member Story: Robert Frey

Arbor Day Member Stories Arbor Day Foundation Member Story: Robert Frey By Nina Burkey | July 16, 2018 It is not hard to continue to be inspired by nature when the images above are your view. Robert Frey, (Bob) of Lakeside Advisors, Inc. in Seattle, WA has been a member of the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 22 years. He enjoyed watching the baby seedlings he received grow from their tiny size into their full grown majestic beauty. Bob first became a member of the Foundation because, “the Arbor Day Foundation provided a simple and easily understandable way of benefiting trees and forests.” The contributions of trees that are necessary to life such as; absorbing pollutants, producing oxygen, preventing erosion and creating strong communities have always been apparent to him. Having spent his childhood in the Midwest, Bob carried his love of nature with him into adulthood. He believes he was, “destined to end up in a 111-year-old barn on 2.5 acres in Normandy Park, wher..
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