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There are insecticidal options to protect your ash trees
The emerald ash borer is a huge threat to ash trees. It's slowly munching its way from-state-to-state. The pest kills both stressed and healthy trees and is so aggresive, a tree may die within...
Humor columnist Brent Olson shares his wit and wisdom.
Download this FREE special collection of Brent Olson's columns for Living the Country Life magazine. You'll enjoy Brent's reflections on life, family, prairie, and winter in Minnesota!
I was filling the water tank at the well the other evening and found myself staring at the magnificent walnut trees in our grove. In the 26 years we've lived there I haven't fully appreciated...
Weedy vines are difficult to get rid of but if you don't try, you run the risk of severe damage to the tree
Your trees might be under a sneak attack. Scan inside the canopies for vining tendrils that can engulf the branches. Two of the most invasive weedy vines around the U.S. are bur cucumber and...
Cicadas are little bugs that make a great big noise every decade or so
The deafening sound in your trees this spring announces the arrival of cicadas. Dan Mozgai is a cicada expert, and owner of the website cicadamania.com. There are species that appear either every 13...
Sort out your rights and responsibilities before doing anything drastic to the tree
A hazardous tree on a property line could become a bone of contention between neighbors. Years ago, our neighbor had a tree that branched out over our driveway. It didn't bother us until...
Pruning can be tricky, so take the proper precautions
An arborist is the best person to call when you need tree limbs cut, but some people do it themselves. Many homeowners suffer too many injuries and even fatalities from falling off of a ladder, or...
When tree roots start jutting up through concrete, you've got problems
Trees that are planted next to a house, sidewalk, or patio offer shade and other benefits. Unfortunately, the roots cause damage if they find a surface crack and grow through it. Scott Cullen is...
Have the integrity of your trees checked before they get you into trouble
Radio interview source: Pete Smith, Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service Listen to the radio mp3 or read below The best time to cut down a tree is the day before it falls down....
There's no reason to work so hard raking leaves, make the leaves work for you
Radio interview source: David Robson, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Listen to the radio mp3 or read below Raking up a big pile of leaves to jump into is great fun...