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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
Easily Identify Trees Using a Tree Leaf Key
A simple tree leaf identification key for 100 of the most common North American tree's common name and species name.
Easily Identify Common U.S. Hardwood Trees...
Use this tree leaf key to identify the most common North American hardwood or deciduous trees. Identify your tree with using a single leaf (do not confuse with leaflets) or the many versions of compounds leaves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...
Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.
Know the difference between the similar...
Hickory, Ash, Walnut and Pecan - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree...
Trees With Pinnately Compound Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
32 Common Tree Diseases in the US
An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
The common hardwood leaves with teeth.
Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key
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.
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.
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.
Unlobed leaves that are smooth around the...
Magnolia, Persimmon, Dogwood, Blackgum, Water and Live Oak - Tree Leaf Key
Here are all the tree leaves similar to maple.
Maple, Sycamore, Yellow-poplar, Sweetgum - Tree Leaf Key
The catalpa tree is host to a great fishing bait.
A catalpa tree is a beautiful tree, a wood product but is also a source of food for the fish-loving catalpa caterpillar.
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.
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 are the common North American hickory...
Hickory is a prolific nut producer and major tree species in North America. Hickory is critical for healthy wildlife habitats and an important commercial wood product.
The most common forest insect pests in North...
An index of common harmful tree insects taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service
The most common Ash species in the United States.
Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus
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.
Learn the Basics of Tree Structure
Learning a tree's botanical parts is useful for tree owners forest managers. Also, use these tree parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Balanced Lobed Hardwood Leaves - Tree Leaf Key
Hardwood trees with balanced palmate and pinnate lobes.
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.
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 identification characteristics of black...
Identify the Walnut - The Important American Hardwoods - Juglans
How to Identify Leaf Shape, Margin, and Venation
Leaf structure and arrangement is unique to every tree species. Understanding a tree leaf's shape, arrangement, margin and venation is important to tree taxonomists.
Know Your Trees With Needles
Coniferous or evergreen trees with needles.
3 Common North American Elms
The Important American Hardwoods - The Elms - Ulmus
Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Tree Leaf Silhouette - Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette
Smokey's Snakes
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
Think again before using old motor oil as a...
Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
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.
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.
Also called American linden, basswood important...
American Basswood, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birch is a common tree and favorite in the...
Identify the Birch - The Important American Hardwoods - The Important Birch - Betula
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.
How to Identify Cedar Trees
Identify the Cedars - The Important American Conifers - The Most Important Cedars
Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USDA Plant and Tree Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Forestry.
Here is the difference between oak and holly.
White Oak, Red Oak, American Holly - Tree Leaf Key
The common diseased you will find on a hardwood...
I have compiled most common hardwood tree diseases and pathogens found on trees including oak maple elm ash hickory sycamore in the yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control tree disease on species to include elm oak maple sycamore and ash. Here is how.
Smokey's Insects
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 9.
Black walnut has a fascinating history as a...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying black walnut or Juglans nigra. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
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.
Trees need pruning for 3 reasons you might not...
Pruning a tree will produce strong, healthy, attractive plants. Here is a tutorial and illustrated guide on how, why and when to prune a tree - plus a few simple pruning tips.
There is only one native beech in North...
Identify the Beech - The Important American Hardwoods - Fagus
How to Identify the Black Locust Tree
The Important American Hardwoods - Black Locust - Robinia pseudoacacia
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.
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.
How to Identify Cottonwoods
The Important American Hardwoods - Cottonwood - Salix
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.
Basswood is a unique soft hardwood but not so...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Basswood - Tilia
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.
The Difference Between Spruce, Fir, and Hemlock
Coniferous trees that are spruce, fir, hemlock.
True poplars are a blessing in tree deprived...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Poplars - Populus
Adopted as the U.S. Southern tree, it graces...
The Important American Hardwoods - The Magnolias - Magnolia
Silver Maple - 100 Most Common North American...
A walk-through description and guide to identifying silver maple or Acer saccharinum. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
Some Great Small Chainsaws Reviewed.
Arbor Age magazine recommends six small saws for your potential purchase. Reviewer comments on the models along with a suggested retailed price.
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.
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.
Hybrid poplar has a place for your planting but...
A quick review of benefits and problems associated with hybrid poplar.
Butternut fruit is a smaller version of the...
Butternut, A Common Tree in North America
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.
Smokey Bear's Wildflowers Poster
The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 3.
Watering a tree at the right time is critical
The basics on watering a tree and tips on when you have watered the tree too much.
Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.
There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
Find out if your tree is a pine or a larch.
Coniferous trees that are pine or larch.
Leaf ScorchTree Disease - Prevention and Control
I have compiled the most common hardwood tree diseases you might find in yard and forest. You can do a lot to prevent and control hardwood disease including leaf scorch. Here is how.
Major North American Conifers
Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.
Black oak is not popularly planted but...
Black Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
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.
Tree Wellness Quiz
Take our tree health and wellness quiz to see if you are prepared to plant and rear a tree
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.
The beautiful Mimosa is messy, short-lived and...
There are both desirable and undesirable characteristics you need to consider before planting a tree in your yard. Mimosa is one you may wish not to plant to avoid tree removal.
Leaf
The tree leaf of hardwoods, needles with conifers, is a necessary term to know when identifying tree leaves.
Essential information on collecting and...
Not all tree seed respond to planting in the same way. Some tree seed can be planted immediately while some need a bit of preparation. Here is the ways to prepare most common tree seed. Page 2.
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.
Crapemyrtle Flowering Colors
Crepe-myrtle Comes in Many Colors. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best tree ID guides available in print.
The top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier.
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.
Pruning Your Crapemyrtle
Crape myrtle flowers on new growth of the season, so you can prune plants any time during the late winter
The 3 most common toxic plants in North...
Poison ivy, oak and sumac are members of the same plant family Rhus. They can potentially cause skin dermatitis when touched in the forest.
The most common and damaging tree pests in...
Quick identification of 50 common conifer and evergreen tree pests of the North American forest.
The massive and beautiful sycamore, a forest...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis
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.
The most commercially important native cherry...
Identify Black Cherry - The Important American Hardwoods - Prunis serotina
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.
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.
There are several tricks you can use to prepare...
Collecting a Black Walnut Crop for Seeds and Nuts
Live Oak, Common Tree in North America
Quercus virginiana, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Quick but thorough intro to common pin oak.
How to Manage and ID pin oak. Forestry.
Anatomy of a Tree Leaf
Botanical parts of a leaf. Use these leaf parts and markers to make a positive tree identification.
Crapemyrtle, Flower of the South
Flower of the South. Forestry. Page 3.
Here is what you need to know when buying an...
Things you need to consider when purchasing and operating an electric chainsaw.
The worthy Eastern Hemlock, its beauty and its...
Eastern Hemlock, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
Mimosa is a lovely but invasive tree with...
How to Manage and ID Mimosa. Forestry.
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.
Black Willow, A Common Tree in North America
Black Willow, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
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.
The "bee-tree" is beautiful in the landscape...
American Basswood is a common but unique tree. Also called American linden, the basswood has grand properties including wood working, herbal and ecosystem benefits.
Sweetgum is a common forest and landscape tree...
The Important American Hardwoods - Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua
Best ways to treat tree trunk wounds.
If a tree trunk is wounded there are some things you can do.
5 insects you do not want on your tree
top Five insects that kill or damage broadleaf or harewood trees in great numbers.
Converting Units of Wood Measurement
Approximate Conversions of the Most Common Units of Wood Measure. Here is a list of common wood conversion factors foresters, loggers and timber owners need on occasion.
Red maple and cultivars are eagerly planted in...
Here is essential information on selecting, growing, and managing red maple for the landscape.
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.
White oak is a major timber tree and landscapin...
White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
What is the best tree for me to plant in my yard?
Frequently asked questions on planting and best trees to plant.
Reasons why your tree nuts are dropping early.
There are times that nut bearing trees drop their nuts before they fully mature. Sometimes it can be a natural shedding of a portion of the nut crip. Other causes can be more problematic, including weather conditions, poor pollination, insects and disease.
Bur Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Bur Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
Here are the most common and destructive oak...
Here are the most important diseases that are harmful to oak trees. Early detection and control can save oaks, especially those with high value in the landscape.
How to Identify American Ginseng
Here are tips and botanical markers used to identify American ginseng along with methods to age the plant.
Persimmon is one of the most common forest...
How to ID and Manage Persimmon. Forestry.
Panicle of Flowers
Panicle of Flowers and Ripening Fruit of Crapemyrtle. Page 4.
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...
Condensed tutorial on the "old south" tree...
How to Manage and ID Live Oak or Quercus Virginiana
Southern Red Oak, A Common Tree in North America
Southern Red Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America
6 Common North American Spruces
Identify the Spruce - The Important American Conifers - Important Spruce
Prevent Wildfire Property Loss
These are things you can do to protect life and property when under immediate wildfire threat.
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