Winter Tree Care

Although the US continues to have sporadic weather events, groundhog Phil the renowned “Weather Prophet'' has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. You may have already caught glimpses of spring in your region, or wrapped yourself in a couch cocoon longing for spring blooms. We must affirm the health of our trees before trekking into a new season. Neighborhood trees contribute much more than just shade, oxygen, and aesthetics. Trees can help mitigate cold winter weather. The Arbor Day Foundation says a well placed tree on your property can reduce gusts of winds from 35 to 10 mph.

A proper pruning is the greatest gift you can give a tree this season. This technique should be implemented after trees have become dormant. Removing damaged, broken or diseased limbs support the health of existing branchings and new growth. Thinning branches allows penetration of sunlight and air to the center of trees. This preventative measure ensures the longevity of your tree and decreases susceptiblility to insects and disease. If a branch appears to be bent over from the weight of snow do not disperse. The weight of snow may make the limb brittle and weak- therefore snow removal may cause damage to branches.

Experts from Davey Tree inform that half of the tree's weight is water. And yes that water can freeze! “Once winter arrives, trees move some of that water into the spaces between the cells. This helps keep the inside of the cell from freezing, which would cause the cell to die. That relocated water then freezes first, which gives off a tiny burst of heat and helps keep the actual tree cells from freezing. While all of this is happening, trees also turn the starch inside their cells to sugar, which makes cells even more cold-tolerant.” So be sure to keep your vegetation hydrated. Well moisturized soils absorb solar radiation and retain warmth better than dry soils. Mulch aids in the prevention of moisture loss while insulating tree roots. Do not be afraid to get a little dirty! Removing weeds from under the trees canopy will also aid in the absorption of heat.

For more winter tree care visit our friends from Davey Trees at Davey.com!

 

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  • Collaboration and Cooperation in Protecting Resources and Ecosystems - Afternoon Session

    Mar 15, 2018 2:00 pm US/Eastern


     Webinar sponsored by: NC State University, College of Natural Resources.

    Title: Collaboration and Cooperation in Protecting Resources and Ecosystems - Afternoon Session

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    This is the afternoon session webinar featuring the presentations from CESU leaders and Federal funding partners specific to the five southeastern region CESUs. learn more here...

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  • Thursday, Sept 28 at noon (Eastern) Charlie Schweik, PhD, University of Massachusetts, will discuss UAS's ("Drones") and their impacts on Urban Forestry. If you are interested in the influence and implementation of technology in the arboriculture field this is not a webcast you want to miss!

    Join here with the 9 digit code 970-082-427

  • Join the Forest Health team on Oct 4, 1:00 pm US/Eastern as they spend an hour on this weeks topic plaguing the health of our nation's forest. This webinar will discuss the biology, ecology, and management of the native fall cankerworm. Management strategies in the urban and rural environment will be covered.

    Join via this link- no registration necessary! 

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  • Join me for lunch this Thursday @ 12 (central-standard time) by tuning into this month's webinar. The topic of discussion will be The Status of Our Urban and Community Forests: Municipal Forestry Baseline, Trends, and Dashboard. Dr. Richard Hauer, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will communicate recent findings that illustrate changes in urban forestry over the past 40 years. I am looking forward to learning about an upcoming project involving an interactive evaluation of municipal forestry programs. 

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  • The Sustainable Urban Forest: A Step-by-Step Approach

    Michael Leff will lead Penn State's Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series to discuss a handbook to a successful urban forest. This webinar will serve as an orientation to this guide designed to help urban forest managers assess the state of their urban forest, identify issues and opportunities, and chart a path toward long-term sustainability.

    TOMORROW: August 15, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

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  • Join Chris Peiffer, Director of Urban Forestry Consulting Services, Plan-It Geo, LLC on Tuesday July 25th to learn about relavent assessment tools, plans, and technology available to improve tree inventory of your local forest. This one hour webinar will begin at noon (eastern time) and is free to all tree enthusiast. Register here.

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  • Thursday July 20 at noon (Eastern) Janusz Zwiazek, PhD, Professor and Tree Physiologist, University of Alberta, will discuss “Tree Growth & Response in a Changing Climate” on our next 'Urban Forestry Today' webcast. Viewing is free and always entertaining! Access US Forestry Today for more info

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    The benefits associated with our urban trees are vast and include carbon sequestration, property value enhancement and numerous aesthetic values. It…
  • Citizen Science and Open Data  in Urban ForestryOpportunities and Challenges
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:15pm ET
    National Urban Forest & Science Delivery Team discuss theories and policy of urban forestry while providing  promoting the strength of urban communities. 
  • i-Tree Webinar with Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, on "i-Tree: the State of the Science"

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

    This month, please join Dr. Nowak, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users.

    Plan to join this one-hour, interactive session, and learn about the importance and value of science, as we move forward on bringing urban forest inventory and analysis tools to the marketplace.

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  • Sustainable City Network upcoming webinar, The End of Tree Plague, will take place July 7th & 8th 10 am PDT . This 4-hour 2-day course discusses prevention and removal techniques on the invasive tree pests. Tickets for this online training course can be purchased here.

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    Course Description Instructor Peter MacDonagh, FASLA, PLA, ISA, LEED, RHS How do we blunt Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) losses, stop the next tree plag…
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