Content tagged "trees"

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,...

Can more trees and shrubs in urban areas increase crime by giving criminals a place to hide?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Many people fear approaching densely vegetated areas around urban parks or in parking lots at night, or share a perception that trees and shrubs might give...

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...

Could I grow enough trees in my yard to absorb all the carbon dioxide my lifestyle generates?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Unless you have a very large yard, measured in acres of land, it is unlikely that you could offset your carbon footprint by planting trees. However, trees do...

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...

How do I plant a windbreak?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

A windbreak can provide protection from winter winds and help conserve energy through reduced heating costs. Block prevailing winter winds that generally...

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...

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 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 urban trees reduce flooding?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Floods can occur anywhere, but urban areas experience increased frequency and severity of flooding events. This is a result of the high percentage...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What can I do in my community to promote energy conservation with trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are many ways you can help promote energy conservation with trees in your own community. A great place to start is with your own neighborhood or...

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...

Is there anyone who can give me free advice about the trees near my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees located in public spaces, such as parks and street rights-of-way, are typically the responsibility of the municipality. If this is the case, consult...

What should I do after a storm has damaged my tree(s)?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Storm-damaged trees should be evaluated by a professional arborist. A Certified or Consulting Arborist may recommend removal or various improvement measures...

Planting Urban Trees: Maintenance Requirements

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Too often trees are forgotten and not maintained after being planted. A tree requires proper care, especially in the early stages of its development, to...

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...

Urban Soils: Contamination and Urban Trees

Soil can be contaminated by masonry, wood, paper, asphalt, paint, fuel, cement, oil, salt, or other materials. Contamination may occur across an entire site,...

Urban Soils: Correcting Low Soil Moisture

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

 Photo Credit: Raina SheridanLack of moisture in the soil is as harmful as too much water. Low soil moisture can be caused by high temperature, drought, high...

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