Content tagged "urban forestry"

Urban Soil Problems that Affect Successful Tree Growth and Development

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 25, 2016

  Many activities in an urban area can change a soil’s physical, chemical, or biological characteristics.   Construction and landscape maintenance are the...

How can I reduce the risk of a tree falling on my house during a storm?

The risk of a tree or its parts failing can never be completely eliminated. It can, however, be reduced to a reasonable level so that you can have peace of...

Energy Conservation & Tree Planting: Tips for Renters

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Living in an apartment or renting a home does not preclude citizens from helping their communities conserve energy with trees. Apartment dwellers and...

Christmas Trees: Pros and Cons of Live or Artificial Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 22, 2016

Trees ready for Christmas at a tree farm in North Carolina.Until their time comes to grace homes with ornaments and shade presents, a natural, or live,...

Assistance for Urban Tree Care

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 01, 2015

Public sources of tree care and energy conservation assistance:Federal, state, and local sources of assistanceSeveral federal agencies are charged with...

Urban Forestry & Energy Conservation Bibliography

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 08, 2014

Akbari, H., Taha, H. 1992. The Impact of Trees and White Surfaces on Residential Heating and Cooling Energy Use in Four Canadian Cities. Energy, 17(2),...

Eric Wiseman

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: June 14, 2014

Dr. Eric Wiseman is associate professor of urban forestry in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech in...

What is a mesoclimate?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 08, 2013

A mesoclimate is the climate at an intermediate geographic scale, such as a downtown district, neighborhood, large park, farm, or wooded area.  It is...

What is a microclimate?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 08, 2013

A microclimate is created in a relatively small area where environmental conditions may be warmer or cooler than in the general surrounding area. For...

What is the difference between arboriculture and urban forestry?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 26, 2013

Arboriculture involves the care of individual trees, while urban forestry deals with forests as systems (groups of trees) in a developed setting.The science...

How to Correct Excessive Soil Moisture and Drainage Problems

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 17, 2013

Soils with excessive moisture have poor aeration because pore spaces are filled with water. Roots tend to grow near the surface in such soils. With poorly...

Soil Volume and Rooting Space When Planting Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 17, 2013

To ensure adequate stability and to allow a tree to grow to its potential size, a tree’s root system must have adequate soil volume in which to...

How to Correct Soil Compaction

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 17, 2013

Soil compaction is a major cause of tree decline in urban areas. Compaction occurs when a force, such as feet, vehicles, and even water from some sprinkler...

Selecting the Proper Tools for Urban Tree Planting

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: February 27, 2013

The proper tools for preparing the planting area depend on the size of the tree, the type of root system, the site, and the condition of the soil. The most...

What is a safe distance to keep between a tree and my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: November 28, 2012

The distance between your home and a tree planting should be determined by the mature width of the tree's canopy. Trees should be planted at least a distance...

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