A Tree to Try – Lavelle Hawthorn (a lotta love for Lavelle)

Crataegus x Lavellei At a passing glance, the Lavelle hawthorn might seem ordinary or uninteresting, but give it a more thoughtful look and the many graces of this tree become delightfully apparent. Let’s start with the tree’s crown shape, which is a bit of a mash-up. It is simultaneously V-shaped, oval-to-rounded, and irregular (or ‘free-form’ … Continue reading A Tree to Try – Lavelle Hawthorn (a lotta love for Lavelle)

How Climate Change and Drought are Changing the Landscape

This article has been reprinted as it originally appeared in DNR's "Ear to the Ground" blog on June 6th, 2019: https://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/is-my-tree-dying-how-climate-change-and-drought-are-changing-the-landscape/ The problem first gained attention in bigleaf maple trees, which have been dying off since 2011 in some parts of Washington and Oregon. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the University of … Continue reading How Climate Change and Drought are Changing the Landscape

Protecting Trees During Construction: A seminar for planning and code enforcement staff

Trees are important assets in our communities with well-established economic, environmental, and social benefits; however, trees are vulnerable to negative impacts from construction activities. A new seminar from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban Forestry Program, “Protecting Trees During Construction,” will provide a review of urban development processes and explore common strategies used … Continue reading Protecting Trees During Construction: A seminar for planning and code enforcement staff

Timely Tree Tips — A Focus on Phenology

Here we are in Spring, when trees and other plants across the state are breaking buds, blooming, and unfurling young leaves. Simultaneously, insects are either hatching or rousing from their overwintered state to take advantage of the plants. In the case of pollinators, maybe the plants are breaking dormancy to take advantage of them? Either … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — A Focus on Phenology

Protecting Trees During Construction: A seminar for planning and code enforcement staff

Trees are important assets in our communities with well-established economic, environmental, and social benefits; however, trees are vulnerable to negative impacts from construction activities. A new seminar from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Urban Forestry Program, “Protecting Trees During Construction,” will provide a review of urban development processes and explore common strategies used … Continue reading Protecting Trees During Construction: A seminar for planning and code enforcement staff