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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.
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.
How To Keep a Cut 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.
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.
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.
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.
Preparing cut and "living" trees for fresh...
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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 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.
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.
10 Best Trees for Your Yard
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
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.
Christmas Tree Quiz
  Christmas Tree Quiz How much do you really know about Christmas trees?   << More Quizzes >>                        
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.
5 tree farms that will deliver Christmas trees...
The most popular Christmas tree dealers selling fresh mail order trees online.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Learn About the Fraser Fir Tree
Abies fraseri, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
The shape of a leaf us unique to a tree. Use the tree leaf to make a positive tree identification.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Identify Common Hickory - Major Hickory Species...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
A quick look at balsam fir with important links.
Balsam Fir, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Norfolk pine takes minimal light and water, an...
Norfolk-island Pine is a tall conifer, grows outside in sub tropic conditions but is a favorite inside plant that is easy to maintain.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
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.
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.
Cedars and Junipers - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Black Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
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.
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.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf...
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Juniper Tree
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
The best and worst wood to use for firewood...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
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.
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
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.
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.
Measuring and Understanding Wood Volumes
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
Most Popular Christmas Trees Poll
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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.
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
There are several tricks you can use to prepare...
Shelling a Black Walnut. Forestry.
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.
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.
Kill a Tree Without Chemicals
Trees can be killed and removed without herbicides or chemicals but extra time, patience, and understanding of tree anatomy is necessary.
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.
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
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.
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.
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Identify the Birch
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
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.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
Identify the Poplars
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
Eastern Hemlock, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
An Index of Common Insects Harmful to Trees
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
White Oak, A Common Tree in North America
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Identify the Walnut
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
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.
Be A Forester - Requirements and Training
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
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.
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.
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.
Crepemyrtle Leaf
Crapemyrtle Leaf. Forestry. Page 5.
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.
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Find and study these most massive plants on...
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.
Post Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Post Oak, 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
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.
Here are things you must do to buy forestland...
There is a reasonable way to approach buying forest and timber lands. Use this three step approach to purchase your first forest.
Portable Sawmills - What Should You Buy?
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
Tree planting season depends on your seedling...
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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.
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.
How to Identify American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
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.
Chinkquapin, is a small southern tree ignored...
The common chinkapin, a nut-bearing relative of American chestut, is highly prized as a prolific seed producer of edible and tasty nuts. The tree is also very valuable to breeders in developing blight resistant chestnuts.
Pin oak, often covered with dead branches, is...
Pin Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Consider Planting Red Maple in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting red maple.
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.
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.
Essential Red Maple Information
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Essential information on collecting and...
How to properly collect seed from trees, prepare them for optimum germination and planting to grow a seedling.
Before You Buy - Boots Preferred by Woodsmen
A discussion with rangers, foresters and forest owners has provided several recommendations for purchasing forestry/logging/hiking boots.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
How to Prune a Tree - A Graphic Tutorial
Crown reduction pruning is most often used when a tree has grown too large for its permitted space. This method, sometimes called drop crotch pruning, is preferred to topping because it results in a more natural appearance. Here is how you do it.
Red Maple - 100 Most Common North American Trees
A walk-through description and guide to identifying red maple or Acer rubrum. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
Winterize Your Trees
Trees in winter may seem inactive but they need protection to remain healthy and free from diseases and insects. Here is how you winterize your trees.
Identify the Beech
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
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.
Identify the Magnolias
The Important American Hardwoods - The Magnolias - Magnolia
Identify the Firs
Identify the Firs - The Important American Conifers - The Important Firs
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
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).
Reconsider Planting Pin Oak in Your Yard
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.
Find Forestry Jobs
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
Neem Tree - Azadirachta indica
The all-purpose, do everything Neem Tree explained and health uses highlighted.
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.
The Sycamore
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
What wood burning systems are available to me?
A first review and primer on conventional fireplaces, convection fireplaces, stove and furnace units for home heating with wood.
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
Description and Identification of Black Walnut
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
Northern red oak, true to its name is...
Northern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Laurel Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Laurel Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
Things you need to consider when purchasing and operating an electric chainsaw.
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.
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