Content tagged "urban forestry"

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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