12 Fast-Growing Shade Trees

Landscape Design 12 Fast-Growing Shade Trees By Sheereen Othman | June 25, 2018 Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides If there were a Guinness Book of World Records for trees, the quaking aspen would be in it – several times. First, it has the widest natural range of any tree in North America, spanning 47 degrees of latitude (equal to half the distance from the equator to the North Pole), 110 degrees of longitude (nine time zones) and elevations from sea level to timberline. It is also the largest living organism, growing in clones that reproduce primarily by sending up sprouts from their roots. And as far as the oldest … a clone in Minnesota has been estimated to be thousands of years old! It is not a tree for all places. But planted in the right location, the quaking aspen is a delight of color, movement and sound. Zones 1-7 2. Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa This is a tree that demands your attention. White, showy flowers. Giant heart-shaped leaves. Dangling bean-like ..
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These Animals are Disappearing from North American Forests

Featured Replanting Our National Forests These Animals are Disappearing from North American Forests By Sheereen Othman | June 19, 2018 Our forests are home to critical wildlife habitat. When our forests are threatened, it also threatens the homes of all the diverse wildlife habitat that live there. Natural disasters, urbanization, and agriculture are just a few of the common causes of deforestation. But as deforestation continues to rise, the animals that call it home start to disappear. These are just a few of the endangered and threatened animals disappearing as recorded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jaguar Panthera once The jaguar is the second largest cat species in North America (after the cougar). Jaguar live in a range of habitats like forests and tropic forests, open terrains, swamps, and woodlands from Arizona and California to Louisiana and New Mexico. The jaguar also plays a key role in stabilizing ecosystems. Ocelot Leopardus pardalis Native to th..
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These Wildlife Species are Disappearing from North American Forests

Replanting Our National Forests These Wildlife Species are Disappearing from North American Forests By Sheereen Othman | June 19, 2018 Our forests are home to critical wildlife habitat. When our forests are threatened, it also threatens the homes of all the diverse wildlife habitat that live there. Natural disasters, urbanization, and agriculture are just a few of the common causes of deforestation. But as deforestation continues to rise, the animals that call it home start to disappear. These are just a few of the endangered and threatened animals disappearing as recorded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jaguar Panthera once The jaguar is the second largest cat species in North America (after the cougar). Jaguar live in a range of habitats like forests and tropic forests, open terrains, swamps, and woodlands from Arizona and California to Louisiana and New Mexico. The jaguar also plays a key role in stabilizing ecosystems. Ocelot Leopardus pardalis Native to t..
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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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How Comcast Engages Employees in Environmental Initiatives Across the Country

Corporate Partnerships How Comcast Engages Employees in Environmental Initiatives Across the Country By Matt Spitsen | June 17, 2018 Companies we work with often set aggressive corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and employee engagement goals, but few culminate so many efforts in one day. But Comcast does just that. The 17th Annual Comcast Cares Day took place on April 21, 2018, in which over 100,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families volunteered in over 20 different countries across the world. The partnership between Comcast and the Arbor Day Foundation resulted in over a thousand trees planted and hundreds of employees engaged—across four different states, all on the same day. The Challenge As a truly global company, Comcast has employees across the world, which can make it difficult to engage them in their CSR, sustainability, and environmental goals. It also makes it nearly impossible to provide employees with consistent experiences, as ..
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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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