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How to keep a Christmas tree fresh through the...
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.
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 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
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 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.
Preparing cut and "living" trees for fresh...
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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.
10 Best Trees for Your Yard
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
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.
Christmas Tree Quiz
  Christmas Tree Quiz How much do you really know about Christmas trees?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Here are three of the best recommended...
Here are the top selling Christmas tree stands you can purchase according to style and popularity.
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.
Learn About the Fraser Fir Tree
Abies fraseri, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
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.
A quick look at balsam fir with important links.
Balsam Fir, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
5 tree farms that will deliver Christmas trees...
The most popular Christmas tree dealers selling fresh mail order trees online.
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.
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 Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
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.
Finding the perfect wood burning system to heat...
A first review and primer on conventional fireplaces, convection fireplaces, stove and furnace units for home heating with wood.
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
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.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Juniper Tree
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
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.
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - 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.
Identify the Firs
Identify the Firs - The Important American Conifers - The Important Firs
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Cutting a Christmas Tree in a National Forest
Cutting a Christmas Tree in a National Forest
Most Popular Christmas Trees Poll
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Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, 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
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
The best and worst wood to use for firewood...
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
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.
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.
Black Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
How do I set up and keep my tree fresh at home?
Buying fresh Christmas trees and keeping them fresh through the season.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
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.
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.
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.
6 Common North American Spruces
Identify the Spruce - The Important American Conifers - Important Spruce
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.
Portable Sawmills - What Should You Buy?
There are hundreds of companies selling portable sawmills and parts. Begin your mill purchase here.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Measuring and Understanding Wood Volumes
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
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.
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
How to Identify Trees in the Winter
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
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.
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.
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.
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.
Norfolk Island Pine makes a great living...
Consider Norfolk Island pine as your next living Christmas tree and turn it into a house plant after the Holiday season. I love this conifer as an indoor plant.
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
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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 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.
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.
Identify the Poplars
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
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.
Questions answered on purchasing and caring for...
The Most Asked Questions About Purchasing and Growing Christmas trees - How to Purchase and Produce Christmas Trees
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
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.
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.
Identify the Birch
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf...
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
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.
Be A Forester - Requirements and Training
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - The...
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has an interesting history and the unofficial National Tree is always a Norway Spruce. Learn more about the tree and its selection.
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.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
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.
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Red Pine, An Important Tree in North America
Pinus resinosa, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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
Colorado Blue Spruce, one of the American...
How to Manage and ID Colorado Blue Spruce
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.
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).
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
White Oak, A Common Tree in North America
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
When And Where Do Wildfires Occur?
Forest fire is common in places around the world where climates are moist enough to allow the growth of trees and shrubs, but have extended dry, hot
Foresters are hired by 3 major employer...
Get a quick summary of the forestry job market and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional
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.
Identify the Redwoods
Identify the Redwoods - Important American Conifers
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur 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.
Forest Biomes of North America
The broadest regional classification recognized by botanists and forest scientists is a community called the forest biome. Here are the forest biomes of North America
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
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.
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.
Pin oak, often covered with dead branches, is...
Pin Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
How to Prune a Tree - A Graphic Tutorial
Crown thinning is a pruning technique primarily used on hardwood trees. Crown thinning removes stems and branches for increased light penetration and air movement throughout the crown of a tree.
All About The Royal Paulownia Tree
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
Essential Red Maple Information
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Sugar pine is the most beautiful, tallest and...
Sugar Pine, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Loblolly Pine, An Important Tree in North America
Pinus taeda, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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