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By Steve Nix

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How a Tree Grows - Condensed Overview Created: Friday, December 12, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Learn about the basics of tree growth, including cambial and bud growth, and why the overwhelming portion of all trees is made up of non-living tissue.
    • Identify Common American Sycamore - The Major Sycamore Species Created: Saturday, September 10, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      A walk-through description and guide to identifying sycamore or Platanus occidentalis. Find out more about the tree's habit, range, silviculture and management.
    • Cabbage Palm, A Symbolic Tree of the South Created: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The cabbage palm is the favorite palm for landscapers. It is a large, tall palm with a single unbranching trunk that grows to about 50 feet. Sabal palm is state tree and on the flag of South Caroli...
    • 'Chanticleer' Callery Pear - The Flowering Pears Created: Saturday, March 11, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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 Manage and ID Mimosa Created: Monday, March 28, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      How to Manage and ID Mimosa. Forestry.
    • Can I Use Regular Motor Oil As My Chainsaw Bar Oil? Created: Friday, February 27, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw
    • Finding American Ginseng in Eastern Forests Created: Monday, June 27, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Identifying the ginseng plant, root and seed on the forest floor.
    • Trees With Leaves - A Deciduous Tree Leaf Key Created: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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 com...
    • Heating Properties of Firewood by Tree Species Created: Saturday, November 10, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Heating properties of firewood by species listed in order of density and the ability to produce the most heat.
    • Ten Best Selling Christmas Trees Created: Monday, December 01, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • The Most Common North American Hardwood Trees Created: Saturday, December 27, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      A list of the most Common North American hardwood trees with their ranges, their identifying and habitat descriptions, plus photos.
    • The Common Oaks - The Major Quercus Tree Species of North America Created: Monday, February 23, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Listed here are the most important American oaks. These 17 common oak species are considered the major species for occurrence and economic value.
    • Growing and Maintaining Your Fig Created: Friday, July 21, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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.
    • Tree Herbicide Application Methods Created: Saturday, May 05, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.
    • What wood burning systems are available to me? Created: Sunday, November 02, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      A first review and primer on conventional fireplaces, convection fireplaces, stove and furnace units for home heating with wood.
    • A Quick Guide to Oak Trees Created: Sunday, February 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Things you need to know about oak trees in North America, including their forms, identification markers, name groups and regeneration.
    • The History and Business of Making Lump Charcoal Created: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Charcoal making was an important activity that improved the human condition. It continues to be produced, resulting in hundreds of products & applications.
    • Winterize Your Trees Created: Friday, October 15, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Trees in winter may seem inactive but they need protection to remain healthy and free from diseases and insects. Here is how you winterize your trees." itemprop="descriptio3'" --> itemprop="descrip...
    • Crank Starting a Chainsaw - Starting a Flooded Chainsaw Created: Saturday, November 06, 2004 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Smokey Bear Created: Monday, April 07, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Smokey Bear concept has matured into a cottage industry of collectables and educational material on fire prevention." itemprop="description">>
    • Prescriptions for Wounded Trees - Branch Wounds, Trunk Wounds, Root Wounds Created: Monday, May 10, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • An Introduction to American Elm Created: Monday, April 07, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      American elm is a popular landscape tree for eastern North America. Learn the tree's habit and how to plant, prune and display as a yard specimen.
    • American Elm - 100 Most Common North American Trees Created: Saturday, August 27, 2005 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      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.
    • Problems of Tree Over-fertilization Created: Friday, April 29, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      You can kill a tree by using too much fertilizer. Find out what to do when you over fertilize a tree.
    • How To Correctly Transplant a Tree Seedling Created: Saturday, March 31, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Here are methods you can use to transplant natural and containerized tree seedlings. Learn how to move a tree seedling or sapling.
    • Identification of the Most Common Conifers Created: Friday, February 20, 2004 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      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 ...
    • Introduction to American Hornbeam Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Ironwood or hornbeam is a sturdy tree and great for small yards. Learn how to plant, prune and understand an American Hornbeam's habitat.
    • Ten Top Trees for the Small Yard Created: Sunday, February 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      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.
    • Plant an Acorn - Grow an Oak Tree Created: Saturday, September 15, 2007 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      How to grow an oak tree from a germinated acorn. This resource shows you how to collect, properly prepare and plant an acorn.
    • Basic Tree Planting - Frequently Asked Questions Created: Monday, June 08, 2009 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Here are the basic questions asked about planting a sapling or seedling tree. Learn how, where and when to plant a tree.
    • An Introduction to Kwanzan Cherry Created: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      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.
    • What are Tree Resins? Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
      Many trees produce exuded resins that are protective to the tree's health, can prevent rot and seal trunk and limb cavities. Some resins are toxic to certain invading, tree-harming organisms. Resin products have been used for centuries for sealers, adhesives, medicinals and aromatics.

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