Content tagged "tree selection"

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 power lines in my yard. Which type of trees should I plant near or under them?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

You should always avoid planting trees directly under power lines. Planting off to one side of the power line is preferable. Whenever you consider adding a...

Are trees ever weeds? How can I find out if a particular tree is a weed?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

A weed is a plant out of place or not desired in the given context. By that definition, a tree can be a weed if it is planted in the wrong place, if it seeds...

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...

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...

Does my windbreak need to be composed of conifers or can I use deciduous trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Effective windbreaks can be planted with either conifers, deciduous trees, or a mix of both. Conifer plantings do need not be as dense as plantings of...

Which trees should I avoid planting if I have tree allergies?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees produce a lot of pollen at certain times of year. However, some trees are "dioecious," meaning they have either male or female reproductive parts, not...

Can trees negatively affect energy consumption for heating and cooling?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees too close to your home can produce unwanted shade that will decrease sunlight, prevent ice from melting on pavements, and increase heating costs during...

Is there a specific type of tree that is good to plant for energy conservation?

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Different types of trees can help to conserve energy in different ways. Deciduous trees (trees that lose all of their leaves each fall) save energy in summer...

Which wind-resistant species can I plant around my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Native tree species with wide-spreading branches, small leaf size, and low centers of gravity, planted in groups, hold up better during storm...

What should I look for when selecting a quality tree?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

High-quality nursery stock begins with a reputable nursery. Check references or call your local county Extension office for recommendations.   In deciduous...

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...

If I don't have space for a large tree in my landscape, are there other ways to create shade and conserve energy with plants?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are many ways to create shade and conserve energy in your landscape without planting a large tree. You may use large shrubbery or small trees to cast...

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...

Which trees provide the "best" shade in summer?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

It's true, not all tree shade is created equal. Broad-leaved, deciduous trees, in general, cast a broader shadow than many evergreens, such as pine...

Are pine trees a good option for planting around my home for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

All pine species have evergreen needles and grow seed cones; however, pine species vary considerably in where they are found, how big they get, and how fast...

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...

What is the fastest-growing tree I can plant to shade my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Tree growth is inherent to the specific tree species. Tree growth is typically defined by the nursery trade as slow (3-6 inches per year), moderate (5-8...

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...

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...

Should I plant "different" vegetation in anticipation of climate change?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

While there is debate with regard to climate change and discussion about how plant species will adapt, there are several ways to determine if a plant is...

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,...

Which trees are recommended for maximum energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

For most aspects of energy conservation, the bigger the tree the better. Larger trees shade larger areas. Though not an energy-saving feature, large trees...

Where can I find information about trees I can plant for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Most states have information to help you decide what trees are right for your location and planting conditions. In Maryland, for example, and many other...

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