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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...

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...

Invasive Species - What Do They all Have in Common?

Common Traits of Invasive Species

Quick quiz: What do the following species have in common?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius), fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum), giant reed (Arundo donax), gold spotted oak borers (Agrilus coxalis), quagga...

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."

Seven Signs of Hazardous Trees

Healthy trees are beautiful, ecologically important components of local habitats, but unhealthy trees represent a significant safety hazard. While it is impossible to determine exactly when or if a given tree will fail, several clues can indicate that a tree is at increased risk of dropping branches or falling over completely.

Water Well, But Water Efficiently

Water is the common prerequisite for all earthly life, and trees are no exception. While trees do a pretty good job of taking care of themselves, it is sometimes necessary to provide them with supplemental water. This is especially true of...

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