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Ten Top Trees for the Small 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 Best Trees You Should Plant
Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard.
Tree Identification 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 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.
How to Fell a Tree Using a Chainsaw
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.
10 Reasons Living Trees Are Valuable
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.
What to do With Surface Tree Roots in Your Yard
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.
Finding American Ginseng in Eastern Forests
Identifying the ginseng plant, root and seed on the forest floor.
How to Kill a Tree Using 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.
Hardwood Trees - Lobed and Unlobed 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.
Identify America's 100 Most Common Trees
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.
Reconsider Planting Leyland Cypress 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.
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.
An Index of Common Tree Diseases
An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
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.
Basics on Tree Fertilization - How to Fertilize...
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 Yard Trees Gone Bad
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 Electric Chainsaws
There are reasons why many people just 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 electic chainsaw first.
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.
Purchasing and Maintaining a Chainsaw -...
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.
Tree Transplant Shock
Trees that are moved and relocated are always in danger of transplant shock. Here are ways to limit the danger of harm to relocated trees.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
How to Use and Maintain Leyland Cypress Tree in...
Managing Leyland Cypress trees including planting and pruning, landscape ideas and pests concerns.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
Crank Starting a Chainsaw - Starting a Flooded...
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.
Consider Planting Flowering Dogwood in Your Yard
Dogwood is one of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting flowering dogwood or Cornus florida.
Best Trees to Plant on Your Street and Sidewalk
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.
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
13 Most Common North American Pine - The Major...
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.
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Dealing With Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree...
Woodpecker and Sapsucker Tree Problems - How to Control Woodpecker Damage
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
Consider Planting River Birch in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting river birch.
Small Chainsaw Review
Arbor Age magazine recommends six small saws for your potential purchase. Reviewer comments on the models along with a suggested retailed price.
The Juniper Tree
Things you need to know about juniper trees in North America
Estimating a Tree's Age
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.
When is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day calendar listing by state tells you when Arbor Day is
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaw
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
Top 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.
Identification of 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.
Essential Red Maple Information
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
Pollinating Trees To Avoid
Here are trees you need to avoid if you have allergies and asthma. Page 2.
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.
Firewood Value and Costs - Determine a Fair...
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.
Tree Pollen Allergy
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...
Consider Planting Tulip Poplar in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting yellow poplar or tulip tree.
Flowering Dogwood Blooms
A Photo Gallery of Flowering Dogwood Blooms in Spring
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Consider Planting Redbud in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting Redbud.
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
The Major North American Conifers With...
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, and...
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, and Beech - Tree Leaf Key
Guide for Preparing and Completing a Timber Sale
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.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree...
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
Parts of a Tree, Use These Tree Parts to...
The shape of a leaf us unique to a tree. Use the tree leaf to make a positive tree identification. Page 2.
Using Tree Anatomy and Physiology for...
Tree anatomy, including leaf shape and twig parts, helps you identify and name tree species. Knowing a tree's physiology will help with identification.
How to Manage and ID Yoshino Cherry
How to Manage and ID Yoshino Cherry
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.
Top Tree Seedling Sources Online
Here is a review with links of the top 5 tree seedling sources online.
Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees like sassafras and mulberry with unbalanced lobes.
A Tree Leaf's 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.
Tree Wellness Quiz
  Tree Wellness Quiz Are you prepared to plant and rear a healthy tree?   << More Quizzes >>                        
Pollinating Trees You Can Live With
Trees that are allergy friendly... Page 3.
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.
Consider Planting an Oak in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting a red or white oak.
USDA Plant and Tree Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Forestry.
Winter Tree Identification
Use this resource to Identify Dormant Trees with Buds and Twigs | Winter Tree Identification
Consider Planting American Sycamore in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American sycamore.
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Saucer Magnolia
Saucer Magnolia | Japanese Magnolia | Tulip Tree
Cedars and Junipers - Tree Leaf Key
Coniferous trees that are cedars and junipers.
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.
Identify the Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Identify the Cedars
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
How to Manage and ID Japanese Maple
How to Manage and ID Japanese Maple
All About The Royal Paulownia Tree
A royal paulownia tree guide and review; how to plant, grow and market the empress princess tree.
Be A Forester - Requirements and Training
What training can you expect before becoming a forester?
Trees for Sale - Guide to Selling Trees in Your...
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.
'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.
Prescriptions for Wounded Trees - Branch...
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.
Facts About Staking a Tree
Tree staking is never done with the intention of harming a tree but can be devastating to future tree health.
How to Identify and Manage Fringetree
How to Manage and ID Fringetree or Old-man's-beard
An Introduction to the Boxelder Tree
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.
Identify the Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
What is a Tree Burl?
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.
Trees With Needles - Tree Leaf Key
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
Manage Live Oak - Plant and Grow a Live Oak
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
Identify the Ash
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
Burning Properties by Firewood Species
Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.
Measuring and Understanding Wood Volumes
Brief rules on measuring wood and their using weight, log scales and converting factors.
How to Manage and Identify Monkey Puzzle Tree
Identify and Manage Monkey Puzzle Tree
Tree Herbicide Application Methods
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
The Deadly Coniferous Tree Diseases
Here are conifer tree diseases that kill evergreen trees like pine spruce fir in great numbers. These hardwood tree diseases cause significant commercial and horticultural tree losses in North America
Consider Planting an Elm in Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting American or lacebark elm.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf...
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
Forestry Jobs and Employment
A quick summary of forestry jobs career and employment and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional.
10 Bad Things We Do to Our Trees
The ten most harmful things you can do to a tree you are growing. Listed in order of the most common problems. Staking and mulching.
Hackberry - 100 Most Common North American Trees
A walk-through description and guide to identifying hackberry or Celtis occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
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.
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery
Dormant Tree Identification Gallery - Photos of Dormant Winter Tree Markers
Maps of Common United States Forest Cover Types...
The locations of broad types of forest cover by tree types according to frequency of occurrence in the native range.
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
Things you need to consider when purchasing and operating an electric chainsaw.
Growing and Maintaining Your Fig
The tree is most commonly propagated by cuttings of mature wood 2 to 3 years of age, 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick and 8 to 12 inches long.
Common Hardwood Tree Diseases - Prevention and...
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.
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.
Forestry Wood and Forest Product Volume...
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.
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.
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
How to Manage and ID Norfolk-island Pine
How to Manage and ID Norfolk-island Pine
Consider Planting A Conifer In Your Yard
I've picked ten of the best trees you can plant in your yard. Consider planting A conifer.
The Catalpa Tree and Its Caterpillers
A catalpa tree is a beautiful tree, a wood product but is also a source of food for the fish-loving catalpa caterpillar.
A Quick Guide to Oak Trees
Things you need to know about oak trees in North America, including their forms, identification markers, name groups and regeneration.
How to Manage and ID Southern Waxmyrtle
How to Manage and ID Southern Wax myrtle
Identify the Birch
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
Yellow Poplar - Identifying Yellow Poplar in...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying yellow poplar or Liriodendron tulipifera. Find out more about tulip tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
How To Correctly Transplant a Tree Seedling
Here are methods you can use to transplant natural and containerized tree seedlings. Learn how to move a tree seedling or sapling.
Identify the Maples
The Important American Hardwoods - The Maples - Acer
American Basswood, A Common Tree in North America
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
A Beginning Guide to Winter Tree Identification
How to properly recognize and name common dormant tree species mainly in Eastern North America
Identify the Poplars
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
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 Prune a Tree - A Graphic Tutorial
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.
Common Conifer Tree Diseases - Prevention and...
I have compiled the most common conifer tree diseases and pathogens found on trees including pine hemlock spruce fir in the yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control tree disease on species to include spruce pine fir and cedar. Here is how.
Herbicides Used to Control Woody Stem Plants
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.
Before You Buy - America's Favorite Chainsaws
Foresters, Rangers and Loggers Pick Their Favorite Chainsaw
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.
Top 6 Tree Identification Guides Reviewed
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
A Guide to Tree Planting
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.
Easy Identification and Aging of American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
Problems of Tree Over-fertilization
You can kill a tree by using too much fertilizer. Find out what to do when you over fertilize a tree.
Treating Tree Trunk Wounds - Prescription for...
If a tree trunk is wounded there are some things you can do.
Identify the Beech
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
How To On Pruning A Young Tree
Tree pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Here is a quick guide of methods on how to prune trees.
Be a Forester - What a Forester Does
Get a quick summary of the forestry job market and what you might be doing as a forester or resource professional
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.
Spruce, Fir, or Hemlock - Tree Leaf Key
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
How To Mulch Your Tree
How to Mulch Your Tree. Forestry.
Tax Tips for Timber Owners
Five points to remember when preparing your Federal income tax if you have a timber account.
Eastern Hemlock, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America
Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
A Forest Ecosystem and Biodiversity
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The Hardy Common Juniper
The Common Juniper | The Most Common Plant in the Northern Hemisphere
Black Cherry, A Common Tree in North America
Black Cherry, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
World's Largest Trees
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.
Identify the Walnut
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
How to Manage and Identify Pin Oak
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.

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