Tree Selection

Best Trees to Consider for Your Backyard


Best Trees to Consider for Your Backyard


Choosing and planting new trees for your backyard landscaping is an exciting task, but how do you choose which trees to go with?


Depending on where you live and what you want your backyard to look like,...

Trees - The Bigger . . . The Better

Trees - The Bigger...The Better

Towering trees on your property are not only beautiful, they add to the value of your home. Nationwide, mature trees on well-maintained property that provide privacy can increase the property value by 7 to 19...

The Arborist Now Expert Tree Quiz

Recently, we posted a quiz designed to test the tree knowledge of the general public, but, today, we wanted to share a similar quiz. However, we made this quiz for tree-care professionals (who should have aced Monday’s quiz). Scroll down to...

Thorns and Prickles and Spines, Oh My!

While not terribly common, many trees bear sharp thorns along their twigs, branches or trunks. Often, thorns are seen as problematic traits, and trees that bear them are often avoided during installations. Some have even produced thornless...

Five Conifers and Palms for Windy Locations

A few days ago, we discussed the importance of selecting wind-tolerant tree species for those living in windswept areas (San Francisco and the Bay Area are particularly good examples, and not just because these areas are plagued by the aptly...

Tree Shapes: Pyramids, Lollipops and Vases

Different tree species have different characteristic features. The leaves of a maple tree ( Acer spp.), for example, differ from those of a sycamores ( Platanus spp.); just as the bark of pine trees ( Pinus spp.) differs from that of...

Five Hardwood Trees for Windy Locations

Strong winds represent a serious threat for trees. Even relatively modest storms can leave areas with a post-apocalyptic aesthetic. Who hasn’t been dumbfounded at the sight of a mighty oak or redwood lying helplessly on its side with its...

Seven Fast-Growing Trees for Cooling the Climate

Trees help to reduce the local temperatures in a variety of ways. 

Among the most important ways that they do so include the process of transpiration, in which trees draw water from the ground and pump it into the air and through the...

Five Great Trees for Feeding Honeybees

With everything going on, it makes sense to do all you can to give honeybees a helping hand. Providing your local honeybees with a ready food source makes their lives better and your landscaping a more welcoming place.