Content tagged "urban forestry"

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

What is the difference between arboriculture and urban forestry?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Arboriculture is the care of a single tree, while urban forestry deals with forests as systems in a developed setting. Specifically, arboriculture includes...

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...

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...

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 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...

How does urban forestry relate to carbon sequestration?

The urban forestry profession is the care and maintenance of trees within our communities.  By maintaining trees, we help to extend their lifespans. During a...

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...

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 reducing stormwater runoff save energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Stormwater runoff is a significantly growing source of pollution to our streams and rivers and is a large contributor to local flooding events. In urban...

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