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By Arbor Day Foundation | January 11, 2018
Guest post by Emanuel Craciunescu of TreeHeads.
The forest kept calling me, but I ignored it. Why were the outdoors beckoning me? I had too much work to do. The screen needed my constant attention. Responding to emails, directing photo restoration and age progression projects for missing people and fugitives as part of Phojoe.com was my life. But it was starting to affect me. I love what I do, but something had to change, and quick. I felt like I was dying. Physically, I was tired, had back pain, and was experiencing other strange ailments. Mentally, I was drained. There were days on end when I would not see the sun or breathe the outside air. I felt like I was beginning to become a part of the computer that I was enslaved to.
Nature has always been a part of me. I was born in the Transylvania region of Romania. A beautiful and magical mountainous area that is home to two-thirds of the European Uni..
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This Cyber Monday Shop The Arbor Day Foundation For Free Shipping
By Brianne Bayer | November 23, 2017
Cyber Monday is a great day! Why is it great, you ask? I’ll tell you! It is the one day out of the entire year you can sit in the comfort of your chair, sip your cup of coffee, and have great deal after great deal available right at your fingertips. Ten years ago the Monday after Thanksgiving was coined as “Cyber Monday” – in short, Cyber Monday is like Black Friday but you get to avoid all the crowds and cold weather and shop from the comfort of your computer. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great day to me.
The Arbor Day Foundation has unique holiday gift options that give back. We offer Earth-friendly gifts for everyone on your list. Whether it’s tree planting in honor of a loved one, rain forest-saving coffee and chocolate, or an individually packaged evergreen, a gift from the Ar..
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Littleleaf Linden: Tree with a Past
By James R. Fazio | November 21, 2017
Few of our street trees have a heritage as rich as the littleleaf linden. We enjoy this transplant from Europe for its pleasing shape, dense canopy, and super-fragrant flowers, but to the ancients it was much more.
Littleleaf linden is one of some 30 species of lindens native to the northern hemisphere, including our native forest tree, basswood. In Europe, littleleaf dominated the woodlands of England after the Ice Age and today it is the linden that stretches farthest north into Scandinavia. This was such a valued tree that there is evidence of it being planted and used for social purposes as early as 760 A.D. The special qualities of littleleaf and its kin evoke things romantic. Youths and maidens are said to have “danced wildly” around the village lindens. This probably was because in the Germanic and Norse countries, at least, the tree was special to Freya, the g..
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What is Agroforestry and why Does It Matter?
By Jon Ferguson | November 13, 2017
Arbor Day Coffee is grown by farmers who are committed to using sustainable agroforestry management practices on their farm. Agroforestry is a land use management system where trees or shrubs are grown around crops or pastureland. We call it the shade-grown difference.
This shade-grown practice of harvesting coffee leads to healthier crops and has a positive environmental impact. In some cases, it can also be more cost effective than farms with sophisticated technology and chemical treatments.
Agroforestry has its advantages. For example, planting a diverse selection of tree species — like fruit trees — empowers smallholder coffee farmers to grow nutritional food sources, making them less dependent on a single crop.
Additionally, there are numerous environmental benefits. Trees add nutrients to the soil, provide shade to crops, and add an aesthetic value to the property. Th..
How to Create a Garden Around Your Home That Stands Out
By Arbor Day Foundation | November 10, 2017
Guest Post by Mike Andrews, My Door Pro.
Whether you just moved into a new home with a large lawn or recently sparked an interest in gardening, this article is for you. Sure, you can always ask your neighbors how they did it in their lawns, but as usual, you want to stand out from the crowd. You want your garden to be as attractive and as colorful as possible without the high cost.
Thinking of transforming your garden? These tips are for you ¾ everything you need to know about gardening is listed here ¾ eliminating the need to hire professional help.
Ensure you have a weed-free garden
This is the first rule whenever you want to beautify your garden. Before anything else, ensure that you can rid your garden of weeds. You can get a wheeled stool to do the job. If you want to replant in place of the weeds, you can go for sweet alyssum (Loburia Maritima) o..
10 Most Popular Nursery Trees and Shrubs Shipping This Fall
By Sheereen Othman | November 8, 2017
Arbor Day fall shipping started this week, which means your new trees will be arriving soon and ready to plant. Thousands of trees will be shipped from the Arbor Day nursery. Here are the 10 most popular Arbor Day nursery trees finding their new homes.
Green Giant Arborvitae Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’
The green giant arborvitae is a large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen—shooting up by as much as 3′ per year until maturity. Its natural pyramidal to conical form boasts dense, rich green foliage that darkens or bronzes slightly in the winter.
This is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a screen, hedge or single specimen. It is also resistant to wind once established and can withstand heavy ice or snow, making it a good choice for a natural windbreak.
2. American Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis
This native evergreen is a hard-working, versatile..
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Northern Catalpa: Rarely Unnoticed
By James R. Fazio | November 7, 2017
Catalpa is a hard tree to overlook. Trumpet-shaped flowers herald its awakening for the summer and are soon followed by some of the largest leaves in the northern hemisphere. Elephant ears would not be too far off the mark for their description. Finally come the seed pods — bean-like in shape draping the tree like green tinsel.
There are two key species of catalpa in the United States — southern and northern catalpa. Originally, southern catalpa was more widespread, but when the pioneers discovered the northern species in a very limited area of the Midwest, it didn’t take long to realize that this one grew larger and could tolerate colder winters better. Thanks to its fast growth and rot-resistant wood — and a promotional campaign by Nebraska governor Robert W. Furnas, a contemporary of J. Sterling Morton — farmers began planting it for fence posts and to sell as rai..
6 Haunted Forests Perfect for Thrills
By Sheereen Othman | October 31, 2017
Some of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world are found deep in forests. Pristine lakes, towering trees, and scenic views attract thousands of tourists to these protected sites. But many of these sites are filled with hauntings pasts.
Here are six forests that are rumored to be haunted. For the bold and daring, these are perfect for quick thrills.
Life hack: don’t hike in secluded forests by yourself.
Robinson Woods, Illinois
Robinson Woods is now a forest preserve, but at one time the land was given to the family of Alexander Robinson. Robinson was the chief of several Native American tribes who helped save people during the Fort Dearborn Massacre. It was promised he would be buried there when he died with the rest of his family. The City broke its promise and buried Robinson somewhere else. It is said that his spirit haunts the woods. There are numerous accounts of a “..
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Sugar Maple: A Sweet Reward
By James R. Fazio | October 24, 2017
Europeans were long familiar with the qualities of the maple wood. Species growing in the old world were used for the unpleasantness of pikes and lances. Imagine the happy surprise to find a maple in the New World from which fine furniture could be crafted and from which sugar could be produced in great quantity. So great, in fact, that it became an important commodity to sell or trade for merchandise in the early years of our country.
Explorers had learned of “sugaring” from the Iroquois and other Native people. To the Natives, one of the luxuries of life was eating “sapsicles,” the icicles of frozen maple sap that for from the end of a broken twig.
Natives also set up early spring camps in maple groves and collected sap from V-shaped gashes they would cut in the trunks. Since metal boiling pots were not available, they would laboriously boil down the sap by dropping heated..
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Arbor Day Member Story: Leon & Judy Tupy
By Arbor Day Foundation | October 23, 2017
A Visit to Arbor Day Farm Inspires Members to Make Major Gift
Leon’s special respect for the environment and his connection with trees and agriculture began as a young man working side by side with his father on their Iowa farm. “I’ve always had this deep appreciation for trees and the land,” says Leon.
After many years of being Arbor Day Foundation members and making several trips through Nebraska, Leon and Judy Tupy of Boulder, Colorado, decided to stop and visit Arbor Day Farm and Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City.
“The place was much more than we expected, and our expectations were quite high,” says Leon. “We had read about Arbor Day Farm in our member newsletters, but our visit and being there in person was truly inspiring. You can see that it’s all about the mission of conservation and environmental education, for all ages. Clearly, Arbor Day ..