Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species

Trees like alders, poplars, birches and willows are dubbed “pioneer species” in forestry. They earn that nickname for often being the first trees to colonize sites disturbed or damaged by landslides, fires, floods or clear cuts. Pioneer species grow rapidly and establish new canopies faster than competing vegetation. They can mature at a young age … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species

Commissioner Franz Answers the Ultimate Holiday Question: Real vs. Fake?

Every holiday season there are debates about which is the better choice – a real or artificial Christmas tree. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary S. Franz has the definitive answer. “Hands down – you have to go with a real tree,” says Hilary. “Supporting small business tree farms across the state directly contributes to your local economy. … Continue reading Commissioner Franz Answers the Ultimate Holiday Question: Real vs. Fake?

Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 2

We couldn’t decide if this topic was better suited to our ‘Timely Tree Tips’ series or our ‘A Tree to Try’ articles, so we mashed the two together in this edition of Tree Link. 'Part 1' of this article was featured in the September 2017 edition of Tree Link. In the spirit of the coming … Continue reading Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 2

Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 1

We couldn’t decide if this topic was better suited to our ‘Timely Tree Tips’ series or our ‘A Tree to Try’ articles, so we mashed the two together in this edition of Tree Link. 'Part 2' of this article will be featured in the October edition of Tree Link. In the spirit of the coming … Continue reading Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 1

A Tree to Try–Chinese Pistache

Chinese Pistache, Pistacia chinensis Okay, since you’re all wondering… yes, this is technically a pistachio tree but no, it isn’t the pistachio tree. Those delectable green nuts are actually the seeds of Pistacia vera, a close relative. Nonetheless, the Chinese pistache stands on its own merits as a landscape specimen. For starters, this is yet … Continue reading A Tree to Try–Chinese Pistache

Timely Tree Tips — Much ado about Mulching

Mulch serves many important functions. Shredded wood chips and other coarse-textured, biodegradable mulches help to build and protect soil, buffer drought conditions, and support healthy tree growth. Mulch: Retains soil moisture Moderates soil temperatures Reduces competition from weeds and grass Minimizes soil compaction Prevents erosion Returns nutrients to the soil as mulches break down slowly … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Much ado about Mulching