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3 reasons to purchase a Christmas tree before...
The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when most Christmas tree buying occurs. But you should really shop for and buy a Christmas tree earlier.
Tips on how to keep a Christmas tree fresh...
Water and keep a cut christmas tree fresh through the new year. These simple steps help you keep a cut Christmas tree fresh through the holiday season.
A list of the most popular Christmas Trees in...
The 10 top Christmas trees selected and ranked by voter popularity. Find out which tree species are the most popular Christmas trees in North America.
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.
Easily Identify Common U.S. Hardwood Trees...
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.
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.
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.
Buying and preparing cut and "living" trees for...
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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.
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.
5 tree farms that will deliver Christmas trees...
The most popular Christmas tree dealers selling fresh mail order trees online.
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.
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.
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.
Top 5 sawmills that use a chainsaw or small motor
Chainsaw mills are inexpensive and appealing access is limited. Portable chainsaw mills usually run off a framework constructed around the log you cut.
Christmas Tree Quiz
  Christmas Tree Quiz How much do you really know about Christmas trees?   << More Quizzes >>                        
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.
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.
Questions answered on purchasing and caring for...
The Most Asked Questions About Purchasing and Growing Christmas trees - How to Purchase and Produce Christmas Trees
How To Shop for a Fresh Christmas Tree
Selecting a fresh Christmas tree is the key to having a beautiful tree through the Holidays. Don't buy a Christmas tree until you make a thorough fresh Christmas tree inspection. Here is how to shop for and select your next Christmas tree.
The professionals say - add NOTHING to...
This question and answer site gives answers to frequently asked information on Christmas trees. Tips on Watering your Christmas Tree in the Christmas Tree Stand
9 steps necessary for displaying a living...
Displaying a live and living Christmas tree in the house perks up the season plus provides a tree for the yard. Here is how to keep a live, living Christmas tree healthy and provide care.
What to do now with your Norfolk Island Pine...
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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.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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.
Learn About the Fraser Fir Tree
Abies fraseri, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
The Douglas Fir is not a true fir. Learn more...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying Douglas fir or Pseudotsuga menziesii. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
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.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Some Great 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.
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.
Finding the Best Wood for Quality Heating
Learn how wood burns and how to use wood for heating. Find the best tree species for burning as determined by ease of preparation and heating values.
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
Learning a tree's botanical parts is useful for tree owners forest managers. Also, use these tree parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
A quick look at balsam fir with important links.
Balsam Fir, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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.
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Think again before using old motor oil as a...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
A brief but concise explanation of the causes...
A history of natural wildfire's beginning and chemistry necessary for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.
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.
Here are three of the best recommended...
Here are the top selling Christmas tree stands you can purchase according to style and popularity.
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.
Growing a hickory or pecan from seed.
Collecting and preparing a pecan or hickory nut to grow from seed is relatively easy but needs to be done correctly. This resource shows you how to prepare and properly germinate a pecan or hickory nut.
There is only one native beech in North...
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
Getting to Know Your Christmas Tree
Getting to know your favorite Christmas tree is simple and enjoyable. Here are some great tips, tricks and facts for real Christmas tree lovers.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
The best and worst wood to use for firewood...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
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.
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.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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 Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
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.
Find out more about conifer forest regional...
United States Forests - Classification of Conifer Forests by Forest Region
Identify the Firs
Identify the Firs - The Important American Conifers - The Important Firs
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
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
Estimate Tree Age Without Cutting it Down
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.
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.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
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.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
A portable sawmill is perfect for salvaging...
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
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.
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.
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.
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
The identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
A popular small chainsaw and an arborist...
This small Stihl chainsaw is one of the most popular limbing and trimming saws used by arborists. I recommend it as a first saw for the casual user.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
Here are the five best wood species for heating...
You will get the best results and more heat per wood volume when burning the highest density (heaviest) wood you can find. Dense firewood will produce the
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
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.
Most Popular Christmas Trees Poll
the most popular Christmas trees in North America
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Easily start a fire in your fireplace or wood...
Starting a fire with wood in your fireplace is not complicated but should be done correctly for efficiency and safety. Learn how to start a fire in your wood stove, fireplace or even a campfire.
Tree wood and their heating properties listed...
Heating properties of firewood by species listed in order of density and the ability to produce the most heat.
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
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.
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.
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Sycamores are easy to grow. More seed...
Collecting and preparing a sycamore to grow from seed is relatively easy but needs to be done correctly. This resource shows you how to prepare and properly germinate a sycamore seed.
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.
Here is the difference between oak and holly.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
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.
The most common forest insect pests in North...
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
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.
Powdery mildew is a spot disease infecting...
I have compiled the most common hardwood tree diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control hardwood disease including powdery mildew. Here is how.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
What Fall Colors Do Different Trees Make?
Deciduous trees have unique autumn leaf colors and specific to every species. The primary leaf colors of a leaf is determined by the annual loss of green photosynthesis processes and the return of real colors - anthocyanins (red) and carotenoids (yellow and orange). Find out more about leaf colors by tree species.
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.
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
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.
The most commercially important native cherry...
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
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.
Here are basic survey methods that have...
Foresters and landowners rarely need to initially survey forest property. They are, however, required to find corners, retrace old lines and reconstruct property boundaries. Here are the elements of forest surveying including using a compass to site an angle and determine horizontal distances.
Sweetgum is a common forest and landscape tree...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
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.
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.
The most exceptional North American autumn tree...
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire, one of the ten best views of autumn leaf foliage in North American forests.
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.
6 Common North American Spruces
Identify the Spruce - The Important American Conifers - Important Spruce
Cutting a Christmas Tree in a National Forest
Cutting a Christmas Tree in a National Forest
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.
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 best tree ID guides available in print.
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
You can actually pick the best Chirstmas tree...
Picking the right Christmas tree is really very easy and you can do it on the lot or when visiting the farm.
Developing a Forest Land Hunting Lease
Demands are high for hunting land and forests to lease for hunting lease if you allow wild or released game hunting on your property. Here is a step-by-step guide on preparing a hunting lease for an individual or hunting club that protects both the hunter (lessee) and the property owner (lessor).
Yellow poplar is a straight trunked tree with...
Identify Yellow Poplar - The Important American Hardwoods - Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera
A complete list of links to American National...
State by State Headquarters of National Forests in the United States
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
The common diseased you will find on a hardwood...
I have compiled most common hardwood tree diseases and pathogens found on trees including oak maple elm ash hickory sycamore in the yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control tree disease on species to include elm oak maple sycamore and ash. Here is how.
Keeping your tree safe and sound for 10 years.
Healthy trees need a maintenance schedule that lasts well into its first decade, especially those in the urban landscape. Here is what you should do to water, mulch,
Trees transport 1,000 gallons of water for...
Trees use massive amounts of water through the process of transpiration for the benifit of themselves and the Earth.
How photosynthesis feeds a tree while assuring...
A major photosynthetic sugar factory is the tree. Photosynthesis and trees are synonymous and a leaf is the engine. Photosynthesis provides us with both food and oxygen and is the ultimate necessary process insuring our survival on this planet.
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.
White oak is a major timber tree and landscapin...
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Think long and hard before you buy an online or...
Unless you are a 2-cycle engine expert with access to parts, you need to stay away from used and off-brand chainsaws.
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
Things you need to consider when purchasing and operating an electric chainsaw.
Aspen Tree - One of the 100 Most Common North...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying the aspen tree or Populus tremuloides. Find out more about the aspen tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
The massive and beautiful sycamore, a forest...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
A Hardwood Tree and How It Grows
How a tree grows is biologically explained by how its parts work to make tree growth possible.
5 major causes of the eventual death of a tree.
Trees that reach maturity have the genetic potential to live over a century. Some species can live for many centuries. Most trees never reach that potential and are killed by environmental factors, insects and disease and catastrophe. Here are the ways trees die.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying black walnut or Juglans nigra. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The major differences in hardwood and conifer...
How to identify a hardwood tree versus the identification of softwood trees. Here are some differences between hardwood trees and softwood trees.
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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