Content tagged "tree care"

Urban Forest Strike Teams

The UFST (Urban Forest Strike Team) project, a disaster response and recovery effort initiated by the Urban & Community Forestry programs in Virginia and...

Tree Placement and Planting Video Series

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 13, 2016

Site Assessment Prior to Planting in the Urban EnvironmentThere are several considerations to be made when establishing a long-lived, healthy tree. In this...

Tree Pests in the Urban Environment

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: July 11, 2016

Healthy Trees and Landscapes Help Save Energy. When trees are planted in the right location and receive periodic maintenance, they provide the greatest...

Tree Selection & Placement Video Series

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: July 11, 2016

Selecting Diverse Trees for Sustainability of the Urban EnvironmentMaximize your heating and cooling energy savings with careful tree selection. In this...

Mulching Trees in the Urban Environment

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 31, 2016

Credit: Priya Jaishanker  Placing mulch around trees in urban areas provides numerous benefits. Mulching emulates a duff layer, a layer of organic material...

Establishing Trees for Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 31, 2016

Credit: Priya Jaishanker  Homes and buildings with shade from trees have been shown to use less energy throughout the day compared homes without trees, and,...

Controlling Weeds around Urban Landscapes

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 31, 2016

Grass and other vegetation competes for water and nutrients with newly established trees. Control of this vegetation is recommended and is usually best...

Watering Trees in the Urban Environment

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 31, 2016

Extension Agent Arnold Brodbeck, of Auburn University Cooperative Extension, describes effective ways to water newly established trees. Credit: Priya...

Staking and Guying Landscape Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 31, 2016

Arnold Brodbeck, of Auburn University Cooperative Extension, demonstrates how to stake and guy landscape trees. Credit: Priya Jaishanker  Staking and guying...

Tree Establishment in the Urban Environment Video Series

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 31, 2016

Staking and guying are used to stabilize recently transplanted trees until their roots grow into the surrounding soil. In this video, Arnold Brodbeck looks...

eLearn Urban Forestry: Online Training in Urban Forestry

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: May 16, 2016

As most of us know, healthy urban forests require a strong investment, and not just from the individuals and communities who benefit directly from these...

Trees take a long time to become established. How can I know the future or "feel good" about what I do now?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 "Tree time" is slower than most of us have the patience for, yet if you've enjoyed the cool shade, beautiful fall color, or wind-breaking gift of a tree,...

Is it possible to make a tree stop producing so many seed/fruit?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Some trees, such as sweet gum, have an infamous reputation when it comes to the kind and amount of fruit they make. The best solution to this problem is to...

Will tree roots crack my home's foundation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Modern foundation construction tends to leave the soil in and around the foundation very dry and compacted, virtually eliminating both moisture and air. The...

Should I cut the top out of my tree to make it safer?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees should never be "topped." Removing the uppermost stem and branches of the tree will disfigure the tree, distort its growth and shape, pose a greater...

How do trees "heal" after they have been wounded?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees and woody plants don't heal. A healed wound has had the tissue repaired or replaced, which would be evidenced by a scab or scar on skin. Trees are not...

Should I fertilize my trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Fertilization can often benefit trees, but not always. Fertilizers should only be applied following a soil test to determine which, if any, nutrients are...

How can I minimize the energy cost of my tree planting and maintenance?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

“Energy cost” refers to the amount of energy consumed to do something. One example might be the cost of fuel it takes to transport your planting stock from...

What costs are associated with maintaining trees over their lifetime?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees should be properly maintained by carrying out basic maintenance activities, such as mulching, watering, soil testing, fertilizing, and...

How do I prevent my trees from causing problems for my neighbors?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

When you plant a tree in your yard, think about all of the ways it will affect your neighbors. Will it shade their garden? Will it push on fences? Will it...

What can I do to prepare my trees for hurricane season?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees can be damaged or even lost during a hurricane. The strong winds and heavy rains of a hurricane can cause problems for trees, especially those with...

How much should I water my new tree?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Planting the right tree in the right spot will help provide the proper moisture for your tree in the long term, but for a newly planted tree just starting...

When I plant my new tree, do I need to stake it?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

When properly planted, high-quality nursery trees should not require staking, unless severe site conditions make them vulnerable to uprooting or...

Are there subsidies or other programs that can be used to plant trees for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Municipalities, power companies, non-profits, and state and federal agencies may offer subsidies for tree planting in specific situations. Contact your state...

Are some trees better for energy conservation than others?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

It depends on which part of the country you live in.In northern latitudes with cold winters, dense evergreens planted to block chilling winds are important...

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