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Forestry: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Saucer Magnolia
Saucer Magnolia | Japanese Magnolia | Tulip Tree
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.
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 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.
USDA Plant and Tree Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Forestry.
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.
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.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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 bark offers color and texture unique to certain species. Use the tree bark to make a positive tree identification.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Saucer Magnolia | Japanese Magnolia | Tulip Tree
Photos of Saucer Magnolia Japanese Magnolia gallery Tulip Tree
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.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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...
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
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.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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
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.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
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.
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
'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.
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
Flowering Dogwood Blooms
A Photo Gallery of Flowering Dogwood Blooms in Spring
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
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
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.
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 worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
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.
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
Cutting a forest, when done correcly, insures...
Proper tree harvesting is associated with one of these specific methods. The perfect harvest always ensures adequate regeneration for a future forest.
What to do now with your Norfolk Island Pine...
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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.
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
Woodpeckers peck bark for food but trees can...
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage
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.
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.
What is the best tree for me to plant in my yard?
Frequently asked questions on planting and best trees to plant.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
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.
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.
Hybrid poplar has a place for your planting but...
A quick review of benefits and problems associated with hybrid poplar.
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.
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.
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.
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
A portable sawmill is perfect for salvaging...
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
Yoshino cherry is the Spring show at D.C. and...
An introductory description of the Yoshino cherry tree and how to identify and manage your specimen.
Trees need pruning for 3 reasons you might not...
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.
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.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
What you need to know about forest measurements.
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
A tree burl is fascinating biology as well as...
Burls are common hardwood and conifer diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can't do much to prevent a tree burl but there are ways to live with one. Here is how.
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.
How to Identify American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
Entering the forestry profession
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery - Photos of Dormant Winter Tree Markers
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
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.
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
The Catalpa Tree and Its Caterpillers
Fishing with Catalpa Worms. Forestry. Page 7.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Identify and Manage Hazardous Tree Defects and...
Dead wood and tree cracks, the first of seven high-risk tree defects! Page 3.
Paulownia is a tree with an attractive history...
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
Pruning Your Crapemyrtle
Crape myrtle flowers on new growth of the season, so you can prune plants any time during the late winter
Here is the difference between oak and holly.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
Arbor Day is a most confusing celebration and...
Arbor Day calendar listing by state tells you when Arbor Day is
6 Common North American Spruces
Identify the Spruce - The Important American Conifers - Important Spruce
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
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.
A brief but concise report on Japanese maple.
How to Manage and ID Japanese Maple
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
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.
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.
Identify the Firs
Identify the Firs - The Important American Conifers - The Important Firs
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.
These circumpolar junipers are the most common...
Common juniper is a commonly hardy shrub that grows under certain conditions to tree size. It can also grow as a dwarf on dry, rocky mountain slopes.
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.
Flowering Dogwood - 100 Most Common Trees
Flowering Dogwood or Cornus florida: dogwood anthracnose dogwood branch flowering dogwood vt dendrology sure what kind
Red Pine, An Important Tree in North America
Pinus resinosa, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Tree Species with aggressive, water-seeking...
Tree roots will invade and imbed water and sewer systems. There are trees to avoid and things you can do to deal with the invasion.
The identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
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.
Flowering Dogwood Form
Domestic Flowering Dogwood Form. Forestry. Page 7.
Pink Flowering Dogwood
Domestic Pink Flowering Dogwood. Forestry. Page 8.
Atlantic White-cedar, A Common Tree in North...
Chamaecyparis thyoides, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America

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