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May 2011 Blog Posts (21)

Sad Maple Tree

I have a red Japanese Maple Tree that is in full sun and a windy part of the garden. I don't know where to move it to get it to be happy and grow. It was here when i moved in 7 years ago and it was 2 feet tall. It's still 2 feet tall. Please help me if you know what I can do for it. Thanks so much,

Added by Genevieve Cherry Sours on May 31, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Tree care problems? Make sure you’re getting help from a certified arborist

Many tree care services claim to have a team of professionals who can solve nearly any tree problem. Perhaps they can. Perhaps they can’t. But would you go to a doctor who didn’t have any credentials like a medical degree? If not, then why would you bring in an uncertified “tree doctor” for your leafy… Continue

Added by Administrator on May 30, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Indiana Community Tree Steward workshop July 16th and July 23rd

There are over 1,300 Indiana Community Tree Stewards in Indiana who are advocating the benefits of the urban forest and sharing their urban forest knowledge and skills with others.


Join us by attending a two day workshop July 16th and July 23rd at Fort Harrison State Park.  Email to register. 


Sponsored by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Community and Urban Forestry…


Added by Pamela C Louks on May 25, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Help with Plum Tree

I have a plum tree that has only produced plums twice. First was an abundance of plums, the 2nd year 4 plums and since only a few blooms. It is well watered and fertilized, lush and green with no signs of pests.  Can someone please help me to get this beautiful little tree producing again?

Added by Ann Corbett on May 25, 2011 at 11:22am — 3 Comments

Jam From a Tree...Arbor Jam!

Every year my mulberry drops its berries as I watch my driveway turn a dark shade of purple.  This year at the urging of my six year old, I decided to collect the berries to make jam.  Over the course of one week, during the maximum ripeness of the berries, we spread out tarps around the tree and then harvested the berries, placing them in Tupperware.   Overall we collected eight cups of berries in the one week.   We then cut the stems and cleaned the berries.  Once they were clean I added half… Continue

Added by Neil Norton on May 24, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

This is National Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

This is the national EAB awareness week - check out the press release from Kentucky below....

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer reminds all Kentuckians that they can do their part to control the emerald ash borer by always buying local firewood.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) was first discovered in Kentucky two years ago on May 22. The week of May 22-28 is recognized as Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week nationwide.

“A good rule of thumb for… Continue

Added by Sarah Gracey on May 24, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

American Chestnut's Revival Taking Root in Louisville

"American chestnuts — massive hardwoods highly prized for their timber, tannin and nuts — were all but lost a half-century ago to an Asian blight that killed 4 billion of them, decimating 25 percent of the Eastern U.S. tree canopy.

But years of efforts to restore the American chestnut are finally taking root across the country — and in the Louisville area.

Nuts from a major research farm in Virginia that were bred over 28 years to be blight resistant were planted at public and…


Added by Don Richardson on May 23, 2011 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Oregon Heritage Tree Program – Great for Oregonians & road-trippers

Ever see an awe-inspiring tree and wonder, “What is that tree’s story?” Well if you’re in Oregon, not only can you can look it up, but if it’s not documented, you can nominate it and map it! The Oregon Heritage Tree Program enables tree lovers to nominate great historic trees to be logged and mapped for… Continue

Added by Administrator on May 23, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Forest Service unveils first comprehensive forecast on southern forests

Urbanization expected to reduce forest area in South during next 50 years

Atlanta, GA -- The USDA Forest Service and the Southern Group of State Foresters released the first phase of the Southern Forest Futures Project report on Tuesday, May 17, which identifies areas forest managers will focus on to maintain southern forests in the coming years.

According to the report, urbanization,…


Added by Administrator on May 18, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Solar and Gardening - Friend or Foe?

There are many obstacles to an abundant and healthy urban forest.  Traditional sources of these obstacles are public utilities (water lines, electrical lines, etc.), lack of natural resources (e.g. water, healthy soil, etc.), and lack of knowledge in regards to tree health and planting.  Solar energy and urban gardening present two new potential sources of conflicts with urban forestry.  Trees compete for sunlight very effectively, often at the expense of other uses of that sunlight, like…


Added by Neil Norton on May 18, 2011 at 9:41am — 1 Comment

Alaska & Maine Arbor Day Challenge: Can you differentiate between spruce & pine?

This week Alaska and Maine are both celebrating their state arbor days, and both just happen to have a large, needle-bearing conifer as their state tree. Alaska’s state tree is the Sitka Spruce and Maine’s is the Eastern White Pine. Do you know which one is which?

A. This…


Added by Administrator on May 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Ecosystem Services: Trees are the Answer

May 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm by Christine Cadigan

Flickr's mastino70 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new strategy to use “green infrastructure” in cities and towns as a means of reducing stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff is a…


Added by Neil Norton on May 12, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments

ArborJam in Georgia & A Tree Song

The Georgia Urban Forest Council had their second annual fundraiser, ArborJam, at the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta with musician John Zedd.  Fun was had by all and it always amazes me to learn of our memberships skills/interests outside of their passion for trees which range from being a musician to reading…


Added by Neil Norton on May 11, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Kentucky Honored with 3 Arbor Day Awards

Kentucky was honored recently with three awards at the Arbor Day Foundation awards banquet.  State Forester Leah W. MacSwords shared the following....


"I just returned from the Arbor Day Foundation Awards weekend. Kentucky had three award winners: the Appalachian…


Added by Sarah Gracey on May 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Kodak American Greenways Grants

Seed Grants Awarded for Greenways Projects

The annual Kodak American Greenways Award Program offers seed grants for work in expanding America’s network of greenways, blueways, trails and natural areas.

This year, the program anticipates awarding up to fifty percent of the grants to projects demonstrating the convergence of economic prosperity and the environment. Most grants range from $500 - $1,000 with a maximum grant of $2,500.

Projects that are typically funded… Continue

Added by Sarah Gracey on May 11, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments

Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide

Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.


Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will…


Added by Don Richardson on May 10, 2011 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Passion & Fear about Oak Disease in Georgia

The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently published an article, “Oak leaves at risk from curious caterpillar.” The article has been picked up by local television stations. The article is informative using sources such as the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry.  There are two points that have been discussed by experts since the article was published.   One is that oak trees are able to replace…


Added by Neil Norton on May 10, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments

Great resource for New Mexico members

As many of you know, The Grove is expanding nationwide this year, rolling out 10 new states and territories in four rounds. We launched our first round of new states this spring, and have been expanding our Tree Match, Events listings and Blog posts to include resources pertinent to our newest members.…


Added by Administrator on May 9, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease Endanger Outdoor Professionals!

By Gail Meads, Soil Scientist, GSM Services and Thomas Macfie, Soil Scientist, Soil Science, Inc.

(reprinted with permission from Tree Talks, Georgia Urban Forest Council's monthly newsletter)


Soil Scientists and other outdoor professionals in Georgia are exposed to deer ticks for many months of the year. Walking about in dense woods, briars, old fields, and kudzu patches are obvious places of tick infestations. However, relaxing in the…


Added by Administrator on May 6, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Oak leaves at risk from curious caterpillars

Interesting story in today's Atlanta-Journal Constitution on an oak moth.

Let's hope for a predator or disease to come around in the next few years.


Added by Susan Granbery on May 5, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments

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