Content tagged "tree care"

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...

What can I do about my neighbor's trees blocking my solar panels?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Solar access rights and regulations vary considerably across the United States. Many states and municipalities protect solar access rights through statutes...

I live in an apartment. How can I help conserve energy with trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Living in an apartment does not preclude citizens from helping their communities conserve energy with trees. Close to home, tenants can encourage landlords...

Who do I call to get permission to plant a street tree in front of my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Jurisdiction and authority over streetside planting spaces vary across the United States. In some localities, the city retains complete control over street...

Will trees near my home increase the chance of a lightning strike?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Lightning is one of nature's most powerful forces and is the 2nd leading cause of weather-related deaths. Since trees are often the tallest objects in the...

Why should I not cut down trees near my home to remove the risk of damage?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Perhaps you should... or perhaps not.  Not only do healthy and structurally sound trees near your home provide you with energy conservation benefits, there...

Should I put anything on the tree after I cut a branch off?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

In most cases, pruning sealants provide no benefit to tree health and may even incite stem decay or inhibit wound closure. When pruning cuts are properly...

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

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Some communities, businesses or state agencies may offer subsidies for tree planting in specific situations. Contact your local office of the State Forestry...

Will my electric or gas utility company provide me with trees for my property?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Your local gas or electric company may provide you with trees you can plant on your property. This is done to encourage the right kind of trees being planted...

Who is responsible for taking care of the tree in front of my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Rights and responsibilities for trees in front of houses vary across states and municipalities. Residential yards abutting public roadways are often...

How can I keep my tree small?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The best way to keep your tree small is to plant a species that does not grow large.  Ask your local extension office, state forestry, natural resources or...

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