Content tagged "tree placement"

Urban Forestry Video Series New Release!

Trees provide more than just beauty or a source of wood products. Rather, trees provide an assortment of economic, environmental, psychological and social...

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...

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...

I have compacted soils. Which shade trees can tolerate these conditions?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Soils with a significant clay or loam component are much more compactable than sandy soils. Once compacted, soils are very slow to “de-compact” naturally. ...

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...

What can I plant on my septic field?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Turfgrasses and native grasses are good options for planting over septic fields. You may also consider non-woody perennial plants. Trees and shrubs should...

Which types of trees should I plant on the south side of my home so as not to shade the winter sun?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The northern latitudes of our continent are cool during the winter months when the sun is in the southern hemisphere. This time of year we want the warming...

What is the minimum number of trees needed in my landscape to provide energy conservation benefits?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Each yard is unique in its orientation to the summer sun, winter winds and spaces available for planting trees. In some situations, your neighbor's trees may...

Should I remove rootball packing materials when I plant a tree?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Adherence to National Planting Standards (ANSI A300 Part 6) recommends that all rootball-supporting material (burlap and wire basket) should be cut off from...

How do I properly plant my trees so they will grow well?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Whether your nursery stock is bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, or container grown, the planting hole should be at least twice the width of the root ball, and...

How do I position my trees so I don't block my wind turbine?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

In most cases, wind turbines are located on high ground in open conditions. Planting trees that will exceed 30 feet in height anywhere in the prevailing wind...

Where can I use trees to conserve energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Buildings such as homes, schools, and businesses can all benefit from well-planned tree plantings that create shade for both buildings and outdoor use areas....

How does vegetation help reduce noise pollution in urban ecosystems?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Vegetation reduces noise pollution through a phenomenon called sound attenuation, which is the reduction of sound intensity. Normal attenuation of sound...

How does vegetation reduce glare and reflection of light on smooth and light-colored surfaces?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Glare is directly from a primary light source, such as sunlight. Reflection is the bouncing of the primary light source from a reflective surface. Vegetation...

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...

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...

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...

I'm planting a tree and shrub windbreak to shelter my home in winter. What should I take into account in locating and designing it?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

First, the windbreak should be located upwind from prevailing winter winds. If most of your winter wind comes from the north, then locate the windbreak to...

How do trees save energy in the winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Winter sun helps warm things up so, when deciduous trees loose their leaves, more sunshine and solar radiation are cast on homes and buildings. Money and...

Can I plant trees to increase the efficiency of my wind turbine?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Depending on their size, density, and placement, trees can either decelerate or accelerate wind. Trees also create turbulence in the prevailing wind flow,...

Trees for energy conservation and solar panels - are they compatible?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees help conserve energy in three primary ways: casting shade to keep buildings cool, blocking chilly winds to keep buildings warm, and transpiring...

I want to select the best spot for my tree. How can I find out where the sun will be in the summer and winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The position of the sun is expressed in altitude (or elevation) and azimuth, both of which will vary by location, time of day, and time of year.  Altitude...

Tree Planting in Cities (Part 3): Tree Selection & Planting Guidelines

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

After selecting a good site to plant an urban tree and then preparing the site for planting, the next step is tree selection and planting.Tree...

Urban Tree Planting (Part 1): Site Selection

Site selection is the first, important step to make when planting trees in an urban environment. Quality sites have a higher probability of supporting...

Tree Planting in Cities (Part 2): Site Preparation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Proper preparation of the planting site is critical to good root development. In urban areas, site preparation may require special planning because of the...

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