Category Archives: Trees

Tree Planting Tips By Steve Roark TN Division of Forestry

Tree Planting Tips By Steve Roark TN Division of Forestry Humans have a natural love for trees, being both majestic, and pleasing to the eye. Their beauty alone is enough reason to plant them, but trees are also a good … Continue reading

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The Extraordinary Wildfires of 2016

When wildfires began to occur around mid-October and greatly increased in November, I saw right away that fires were behaving differently from what we were used to seeing. They were burning hotter and were harder to control. And then the … Continue reading

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Gathering Firewood

For a good number of people in our area, gathering firewood to heat the home or to burn recreationally in a fireplace or fire pit is an annual event.  There is something very satisfying about backing your hind end up … Continue reading

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Leaf Management in Your Yard

After the thrill of autumn coloration is gone, those who have yard trees must deal with the bushels of leaves trees drop.  An acre of trees in a forest can produce over 2 tons of leaves each year, and while … Continue reading

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Heavy Fruit Years

This fall appears to be a good year for acorns, and my pear tree produced such a heavy crop that there was a lot of limb breakage.  Fruit and nut production varies from year to year, and the reasons are … Continue reading

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Tree Care After Construction

It is unlikely that trees growing near the construction site of a new hope of other structures will escape the event unscathed.  When all the equipment is gone the trees should be inspected for damage and treated.  Landscape trees add … Continue reading

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Fall Colors and the Weather

Fall coloration of trees in our area is always looked forward to with anticipation. The presence of a large number of plants having brilliant fall foliage is more unusual than you think, as the only other places in the world … Continue reading

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Return of the Chestnut?

The American chestnut was once the grandest tree in the Appalachian forest, with diameters 5-8 feet wide and broad spreading crowns over 100 feet tall.  It grew from Maine to Georgia, covering 200 million acres. In our area one tree … Continue reading

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Eating Acorns

Those under the age of 40 probably don’t remember Euell Gibbons, a promoter of eating food gathered from the wild.  He wrote a book that still sells well called Stalking the Wild Asparagus, and made commercials for Grape Nuts cereal … Continue reading

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Protecting Trees When Building

Many homes are being built in the midst of existing trees to take advantage of the aesthetic and environmental value of forested lots.  Wooded properties are often priced higher than those without trees, and people value the opportunity to live … Continue reading

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