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The best 10 tree species for planting in large...
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
Easily Identify Trees Using a Tree Leaf Key
A simple tree leaf identification key for 100 of the most common North American tree's common name and species name.
10 Best Small Trees for Your Yard
Here are top 10 small trees recommended for planting in a small yard. These trees were selected by urban forest specialists for their preferred qualities.
Easily Identify 50 North American Trees with...
Use this tree leaf key to identify the most common North American hardwood or deciduous trees. Identify your tree with using a single leaf (do not confuse with leaflets) or the many versions of compounds leaves.
10 Reasons Not to Cut Down Trees
Living trees are important, necessary and valuable to our very existence. Life without trees, we humans would not exist on Earth. Keep a tree around.
How to Identify the 100 Most Common Trees in...
Learn to identify 100 most common conifer and evergreen trees of the North American forest. Use my tree finder key, along with photographic images and other identifiers to name your tree.
The 17 Most Common Oak Trees
Listed here are the most important American oaks. These 17 common oak species are considered the major species for occurrence and economic value.
How to Kill a Tree With Herbicides
There are times you need to kill a tree and control woody stem plants. Chemical and herbicides are effective if the right treatment and proper application is used.
Identify common U.S. trees with simple leaves.
Hardwood or deciduous trees have leaves that are known as single or simple. This common simple leaf can be in two forms, lobed and unlobed.
Pine is one of the most important trees in...
Pine trees are one of the most common coniferous species in North America. Here is a list of those major pines most often seen in the United States and Canada.
Essential Tips on Using a Chain Saw to cut a...
I show you the step by step process on how cut down a tree using a chainsaw. Felling a tree with a chainsaw must combine safety with a plan how the tree needs to be dropped and bucked to your best advantage.
32 Common Tree Diseases in the US
An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Why It's Not Easy to Hunt and Find American...
Identifying the ginseng plant, root and seed is important but you must also know the legal harvest regulations.
Problems with Leyland Cypresses
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
10 Trees Homeowners Regret Planting
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal or landscape problems.
The trees that cause allergy, the trees that...
Tree allergies caused by pollen can be crippling. Here are pollen producing trees you need to avoid and the trees you can live next to...
Moving a tree subjects the plant to biologic...
Trees that are moved and relocated are always in danger of transplant shock. Here are ways to limit the danger of harm to relocated trees.
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
A Simple Way to Identify Conifer Trees
Identification of conifer trees most common to North American by their needles and leaves, fruit and flowers. Use conifer and evergreen tree species identifiers like a needle, bark or twig using a key online.
What Are the Common North American Hardwood Trees
A list of the most Common North American hardwood trees with their ranges, their identifying and habitat descriptions plus photos.
Dogwood is a favorite tree and works well for...
Dogwood is one of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting flowering dogwood or Cornus florida.
Try to work with exposed existing tree roots...
Tree roots that grow on the surface are difficult to mow or walk over and can effect the growth and health of nearby grass and groundcovers. Here are tips on protecting that tree from root damage.
Trees need food, especially the first several...
Fertilizers are important to growing young trees. Find out when to apply, how to use and what fertilizers to buy.
Red Maple is a popular tree to plant.
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting red maple.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
Electric Chainsaws are Considered Good...
Many people simply don't need the expense or power of a gas chainsaw. If you mainly use saws around the house you need to reconsider a good electric chainsaw first.
Know your common North American junipers.
The common Juniper, is a species in the genus Juniperus, in the family Cupressaceae. It has one of the largest ranges of woody plants in the World.
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
Tree flowers and fruit are unique. Use the tree seed, fruit and flower to make a positive tree identification.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
Identify Common American Sycamore - The Major...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying sycamore or Platanus occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Crank Starting a Chainsaw
Even a new chainsaw in good repair can be hard to start. Here are steps you can take to get a reliable chainsaw start every time.
Yellow poplar is an excellent tree for forest...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting yellow poplar or tulip tree.
Successfully Grow an Oak Tree with an Acorn
How to grow an oak tree from a germinated acorn. This resource shows you how to collect, properly prepare and plant an acorn.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Find balanced and uneven lobed tree leaves.
Hardwood trees like sassafras and mulberry have unbalanced lobes. Most other lobed tree leaves are considered to have evenly or balanced lobes.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
The most common forest insect pests
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
Learn more about this strange but interesting...
Identify and manage the mysterious Monkey Puzzle tree and learn how unique the tree is. It has a broad range to grow but is native to just a small spot in South America.
Here are the common North American hickory...
Hickory is a prolific nut producer and major tree species in North America. Hickory is critical for healthy wildlife habitats and an important commercial wood product.
Redbud can me messy but still a keeper in the...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting Redbud.
Best Trees to Plant on Your Street
The following best trees offer tolerance to compacted, infertile soils and the general environment found in cities and along streets. Best street and sidewalk trees are also considered to be the most adaptable of all trees to the urban environment.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
Identify the Most Common Hardwoods
Identification of hardwood trees most common to North American forests by their leaves, fruit and flowers. Use broadleaf and decidious tree species identifiers like a leaf, bark or twig using an key online.
It takes work to entirely kill some trees...
Trees can be killed and removed without herbicides or chemicals but extra time, patience, and understanding of tree anatomy is necessary.
Top Small Chainsaws Reviewed
Arbor Age magazine recommends six small saws for your potential purchase. Reviewer comments on the models along with a suggested retailed price.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
River birch cultivars are recommended in the...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting river birch.
Saucer Magnolia
Saucer Magnolia | Japanese Magnolia | Tulip Tree
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
'Chanticleer' Callery Pear - The Flowering Pears
Chanticleer callery pear was selected Urban Tree of the Year for 2005 as determined by responses to an annual survey in arborist magazine City Trees.
Use Leyland Cypresses Carefully in Your Landscape
Managing Leyland Cypress trees are beautiful but need proper planting and pruning, careful landscape considerations and have certain pest concerns.
This brittle, soft tree with horrible traits...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying hackberry or Celtis occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Oaks are one of the most popular yard tree in...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting a red or white oak.
Understanding the North American cedars and...
If tree foliage is a scale-like leaf, then you're probably dealing with a conifer or evergreen that is in the cedar or juniper family.
Sycamore is one of my recommended trees to plant.
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American sycamore.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Common oaks further explained by biology and...
Things you need to know about oak trees in North America, including their forms, identification markers, name groups and regeneration.
This ash-leaved maple is loved on tree-growing...
Boxelder is not a recommended tree to plant in your yard. Still it has many desirable qualities to keep it in the landscape including unique leaf and seed qualities and colorful cultivars.
Estimate a Tree’s Age Without Cutting it...
There are ways to estimate a tree's age without cutting it or taking a core sample. Noninvasive measurements of any tree can get you an acceptable age estimate for forest-grown trees.
Top 5 Chainsaw Mills
Chainsaw mills are inexpensive and very appealing for use where access is limited. Portable chainsaw mills usually run off a framework constructed around the log you cut. Most chainsaw mills require heavy-duty power heads on saws to effectively operate the mill. Special-purpose ripping chains and bars may be required and various accessories that are purchased as an extra item can help you cut specialty wood products. I have included one rip saw in the mix that offers similar characteristics.
USDA Plant and Tree Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Forestry.
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
Top 6 Portable Sawmills
Portable sawmill manufacturers with good products are thriving. Do-it-yourself sawmilling for lumber is on the rise. If you have the energy to saw your own, I have several favorite saw mills you need to look at.
Only plant pin oak if you have enough room.
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Here are 10 trees you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
What is the best tree for me to plant in my yard?
Frequently asked questions on planting and best trees to plant.
A first-blush with forest ecosystems and...
A forest ecosystem is one major ecologic unit that exists as a part of the total complex ecological condition.
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Beautiful golden rain-tree is a traffic-stopper...
Golden rain-tree is an excellent landscape tree for warm climates. Learn the tree's habit and how to plant, prune and display as a yard specimen.
Eastern White Pine, the only 5-needled pine in...
Eastern White Pine is a common forest tree in higher elevations of eastern North American forests.
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
How Much Should You Pay for Firewood?
Finding firewood just starts the process of determining value of firewood. You need the certainty of not being charged double. Learn how to buy firewood.
Consider Planting American Holly in Your Yard
Consider planting American holly. I've picked Ilex Opaca as one of the ten best trees you can plant in your yard.
Woodpeckers peck bark for food but trees can...
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage
You have trees you need to sell. Here is what...
Here is a step by step guide on how to sell Timber, prepare for and make a timber sale and assure a smooth timber harvest.
How to Identify Leaf Shape, Margin, and Venation
Leaf structure and arrangement is unique to every tree species. Understanding a tree leaf's shape, arrangement, margin and venation is important to tree taxonomists.
Use Anatomy to Identify Trees
Tree anatomy, including leaf shape and twig parts, helps you identify and name tree species. Knowing a tree's physiology will help with identification.
American Elm - 100 Most Common North American...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying American elm or Ulmus americana. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
The identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
American elm is subject to DED but there is an...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American or lacebark elm.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
The 5 Most Common Native Maples in North America
Maples are one of the most important American hardwood species. This tree species is in the genus Acer, loved in the landscape and a preferred wood for harvest.
Flowering Dogwood Blooms
A Photo Gallery of Flowering Dogwood Blooms in Spring
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Here is the difference between oak and holly.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
A brief but concise report on Japanese maple.
How to Manage and ID Japanese Maple
Best conifers to plant by region of the United...
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting A conifer.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The Catalpa Tree and Its Caterpillers
Fishing with Catalpa Worms. Forestry. Page 7.
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
The Oldest, Tallest, Most Massive Plants on Earth
Some trees are the most massive living things and certainly the largest plants on earth. Several tree species also live longer than any other terrestrial organism.
Essential informaton on native flowering...
Details on where Cornus florida has a natural habitat, its ecological niche in the understory and popularity in the landscape.
Chainsaw FAQs
Here are answers to many questions asked by people planning to buy and operate a chainsaw. This Fequently Asked Questions page on chainsaw addresses the most common concerns about purchasing and maintaining a chainsaw.
Smokey's Fungi
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 10.
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
The most common herbicides used for woody plant...
Herbicides are one tool used by foresters to improve the forest condition and to eliminate woody stem competition to both managed commercial and protected forests. Here are the herbicides used.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Adopted as the U.S. Southern tree, it graces...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Magnolias - Magnolia
An Introduction to Kwanzan Cherry
Kwanzan cherry is a flowering cherry tree and blooms later in the spring. Learn how to plant, prune and understand a Kwanzan cherry's habit.
Maps of where tree species are naturally most...
The locations of broad types of forest cover by tree types according to frequency of occurrence in the native range.
How to Manage and Identify Saucer Magnolia
Saucer magnolia is a widely planted and showy flowering small tree and an especially popular spring bloomer in the urban landscape.
Maps displaying locations and conditions...
Current National Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports. The United State's Latest Fire Situation at a Glance - Maps, Reports and Forecasts
10 Bad Things You Should Not Do to Trees
The ten most harmful things you can do to a tree you are growing. Listed in order of the most common problems. First: Staking and mulching. Page 1 of 10.
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
The right extension cord, bar maintenance and storage is important for when operating an electric chainsaw. How to buy and operate your new saw.
Saucer Magnolia | Japanese Magnolia | Tulip Tree
Photos of Saucer Magnolia Japanese Magnolia gallery Tulip Tree
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
What Causes Wildfires?
Here is a history of natural wildfire's beginning and chemistry necessary for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.
Serotiny and the Serotinous Cone
Pyrescence and the ecology of forest fire-prone lands have influenced all species of flora and fauna that live near fire. Serotiny of some seed plants evolved to use the heat of fire to trigger seed fall and is a major factor in tree regeneration where fire is common.
Thinking about selling your yard trees, then...
Many yard trees are for sale at the right price but buyers are hard to find. Here is the realistic approach to marketing trees for sale in the yard.
Tree wounds are the first stage in mature tree...
Tree wounds are caused by many agents but they can all be classified into three types, depending on location: branch wounds, trunk wounds, and root wounds.
Hybrid poplar has a place for your planting but...
A quick review of benefits and problems associated with hybrid poplar.
Converting Units of Wood Measurement
Approximate Conversions of the Most Common Units of Wood Measure. Here is a list of common wood conversion factors foresters, loggers and timber owners need on occasion.
Arbor Day is a most confusing celebration and...
Arbor Day calendar listing by state tells you when Arbor Day is
There is only one native beech in North...
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
These 4 trees provide both beauty and...
Trees used in hedges provide both privacy and beauty in the landscape. Many trees are well suited for hedges, but selection of a tree should be made by considering the particular purpose of the hedge and the growing conditions at the desired site. Check the individual tree species for characteristics and site needs.
Fig tree propagation and
Fig is the oldest fruit to be cultivated in ancient Jordan. The spreading tree is easily propagated by cuttings, grows a delicious and abundant fruit throughout the United States.
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
White oak is a major timber tree and landscapin...
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Entering the forestry profession
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
Flowering Dogwood - 100 Most Common Trees
Flowering Dogwood or Cornus florida: dogwood anthracnose dogwood branch flowering dogwood vt dendrology sure what kind
Don't stake a tree until you read these...
Tree staking is never done with the intention of harming a tree but can be devastating to future tree health.
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery - Photos of Dormant Winter Tree Markers
What to do now with your Norfolk Island Pine...
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Essential guide for forest and landscape tree...
How to plant trees and where trees should be planted. Ways to increase your tree planting survival and planting to grow a healthy tree. Where to find trees to plant from tree nurseries and catalogs.
Trees need pruning for 3 reasons you might not...
Pruning a tree will produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. Here is a tutorial and illustrated guide on how, why and when to prune a tree - plus a few simple pruning tips.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
6 Common North American Spruces
Identify the Spruce - The Important American Conifers - Important Spruce
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
Red Pine, An Important Tree in North America
Pinus resinosa, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
How to Identify the Black Locust Tree
The Important American Hardwoods - Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
The massive and beautiful sycamore, a forest...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
Did You Know You Can Identify Winter Trees By...
Learn how to properly recognize and name common dormant tree species mainly in Eastern North America in this beginner's guide.
Western white pine - 100 Top Trees
A listing of the 100 major trees in America: national register of big trees forest service fire vt dendrology usfs fire sandy soils
Willow Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Willow Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Yellow Poplar - Identifying Yellow Poplar in...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying yellow poplar or Liriodendron tulipifera. Find out more about tulip tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.

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