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Wound Paint: Falling Out of Favor

Not so long ago, arborists and other tree professionals would coat fresh pruning cuts with a latex- or petroleum-based paint. The goal was to prevent the advancement of decay, which could ultimately kill the recently pruned tree. However, one...

Protecting Trees from Construction Chaos

Urban trees must cope with a constant parade of assaults. They live amid polluted air, grow in confined areas and suffer scars from delinquents and ne’er-do-wells. However, these damaging deeds pale in comparison to the primary threat facing...

Tree Bark: That Beneficial Barrier

Tree bark is roughly akin to the skin of animals; it helps to define the boundary between the internal and external world, and it provides protection against a variety of threats. While bark fails to attract the same level of attention that...

Accidental Assault: Girdled Trees

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Today, we wanted to talk about an avoidable, but all too common, threat to your trees: girdling. Girdling occurs when something wraps around a tree branch or trunk, and causes damage to the tree’s vascular tissue. Severe girdling damage...

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...

Mycorrhizae: My Favorite Kind of Fungi

The more ecologists learn about the world, the more it becomes apparent that all living things are connected. Trees provide numerous examples of this, as even youngsters understand that trees provide animals with fruit, shelter and other...

The Trouble with Topping Trees

Improper pruning practices can weaken even the healthiest trees. In especially tragic cases, improper pruning can lead to the tree's premature demise. Such is often the case whenever trees suffer a particularly horrible pruning practice called “topping."

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