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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:31:06 +0000

 



How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh All Season

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

How to water and keep a cut Christmas tree fresh through the new year. These simple steps will insure a fresh tree through the holiday season.



The Most Beautiful Wildfire Picture You've Ever...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Some consider this photo taken by a firefighter as the most beautiful photograph of a forest fire ever taken using a digital camera.



3 reasons to purchase a Christmas tree before...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The weekend after Thanksgiving is when most Christmas tree buying occurs. You should consider shopping for and buying a Christmas tree earlier.



Get to Know Your Christmas Tree - Tips for Real...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Getting to know your favorite Christmas tree is simple and enjoyable. Here are some great tips, tricks and facts for real Christmas tree lovers.



A list of the most popular Christmas Trees in...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Dig a little deeper to really understand your...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Take a closer look at a tree to by understanding its form in summer and winter, how it typically grows and matures and where it lives.



The pine tree is a critical component of the...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Pine trees are one of the most common coniferous species in North America. Here is a list of the pines most often seen in the US and Canada.



Easily Identify Trees Using a Tree Leaf Key

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A simple tree leaf identification key for finding 100 of the most common North American tree's common name and species name.



Easily Identify Common U.S. Hardwood Trees...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Here is a quick way to learn the art of...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identify hardwood trees common to North American forests by their leaves, fruit and flowers. Use broadleaf tree species identifiers.



Buying and preparing cut and "living" trees for...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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10 Reasons Not to Cut Down Trees

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



5 farms that will deliver Christmas trees...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Pick of the most popular Christmas tree dealers selling fresh cut trees online. If you are an Amazon shopper, this is a must read.



Official reports on current wildfire situation...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Current National Wildfire Situation including Maps and Latest Reports. The Latest Fire Situation links on this one site - Maps, Reports, Forecasts.



Learn About the Fraser Fir Tree

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Abies fraseri, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America



Questions answered on purchasing and caring for...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The Most Asked Questions About Purchasing and Growing Christmas trees - How to Purchase and Produce Christmas Trees



The professionals say - add NOTHING to...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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



Use Anatomy to Identify Trees

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Tree anatomy, including leaf shape and twig parts, helps you identify and name tree species. Knowing a tree's physiology will help with identification.



The 17 Most Common Oak Trees in North America

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Listed here are the most important American oaks. These 17 common oak species are considered the major species for occurrence and economic value.



9 steps necessary for displaying a living...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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Details on how to pick the best Christmas tree...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



A review of the top portable sawmills...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Do-it-yourself sawmilling for lumber is on the rise and there are good portable sawmill manufacturers. Here are my six favorite portable sawmills.



A brief but concise explanation of origin and...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A history of natural wildfire beginning and chemistry needed for combustion. Included are the common causes of forest fires and how they spread.



Top 5 sawmills that use a chainsaw or small motor

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Chainsaw mills are inexpensive and appealing access is limited. Portable chainsaw mills usually run off a framework constructed around the log you cut.



How to kill a tree legally and with reduced...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Know your common North American junipers.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



How to Identify the 100 Most Common Trees in...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identify 100 most common conifer and evergreen trees of the North American forest. Use my tree finder key, along with photographic images.



Successfully grow an oak Tree by planting an...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

How to grow an oak tree from a germinated acorn. This resource shows you how to collect, properly prepare and plant an acorn.



How to Identify a tree leaf using shape,...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Leaf structure and arrangement is unique to every tree species. A tree leaf shape, arrangement, margin and venation is important to tree ID.



Sweetgum is a common forest and landscape tree...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The Important American Hardwoods - Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua



The Tropical Rainforest - Questions and Answers

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A complete overview of the tropical rainforest, rain forest health, tropical rainforest habitat and these forest's importance to our earth.



5 pines of major importance to Southern...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

5 pines - loblolly, shortleaf, longleaf, slash and Virginia – make up most of the southern pine timber inventory and all called Southern Yellow Pine.



A Simple Way to Identify Conifer Trees

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identification of conifer trees most common to North American by their needles and leaves, fruit and flowers.



Identify common U.S. trees with simple lobed...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Understanding the North American cedars and...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



A method to use to access how much you should...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Finding and Preparing the Best Firewood for...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Trees with maple-like leaves - sycamore, tulip...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

How to identify the similar looking maple, sycamore, yellow poplar​ and sweetgum trees using my tree leaf key.



Here are ways of predicting wildfire behavior...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Tools used to understand fire behavior and for predicting a forest fire's potential threat by understanding forest fire weather.



Eastern White Pine, the only 5-needled pine in...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Eastern White Pine is a common forest tree in higher elevations of eastern North American forests.



The common hardwood leaves with teeth.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Black Willow, Elm, Birch, Black Cherry, Beech and Basswood - Tree Leaf Key



Hybrid poplar has a place for your planting but...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A quick review of benefits and problems associated with hybrid poplar.



Trees with clusters of needles, single needles...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are the most common coniferous or evergreen trees with needles. They are broken down into single and cluster attachments.



A quick look at balsam fir with important links.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Balsam Fir, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America



Oaks - leaf identification, favored habitat,...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Things you need to know about oak trees in North America, including their forms, identification markers, name groups and regeneration.



Five Wildfire Disasters - The Final Reports

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are five final wildfire reports that have had a major influence on US fire protection.



Fagus grandifolia is the only native beech in...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Fagus grandifolia is the only native beech unique to eastern North America and very common. The bark is often carved on and called the initial tree.



The best 10 tree species for planting in large...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are ten of the best, most popular and important trees to consider planting in your yard. I have picked each with help from several tree experts.



Here are three of the best recommended...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are the top selling Christmas tree stands you can purchase according to style and popularity.



Sassafras, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Sassafras, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America



Questions answered to things you must know...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are answers to many questions asked by people planning to buy and operate a chainsaw. Here are the most common concerns about chainsaws.



Moving a tree subjects the plant to biologic...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Identify the Firs

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identify the Firs - The Important American Conifers - The Important Firs



Some Great Small Chainsaws Reviewed.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Arbor Age magazine recommends six small saws for your potential purchase. Reviewer comments on the models along with a suggested retailed price.



Here are ways to estimate a tree's age without...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A method to estimate a tree's age without cutting or coring. Noninvasive measurements can get you an acceptable age estimate for forest-grown trees.



Growing a hickory or pecan from seed.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Collecting and preparing a pecan or hickory nut to grow is easy but needs to be done correctly. Here's how to properly encourage nut germination.



Pitch Pine, An Important Tree in North America

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Pinus rigida



Killing unwanted woody-stemmed plants.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

There are five ways to control trees using recommended chemical herbicides. Each technique demands different herbicide formulations and equipment.



Here Are the Most Common North American...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A list of the most Common North American hardwood trees with links to their ranges, their identifying and habitat descriptions plus photos.



White oak is a major timber tree and landscapin...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

White Oak, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America



What to do now with your Norfolk Island Pine...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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Birch is a common tree and favorite in...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here is a quick way to Identify three common North American birch species. It is both a valuable and beautiful tree in the landscape.



A first-blush with forest ecosystems and...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A forest ecosystem is one major ecologic unit that exists as a part of the total complex ecological condition.



Idendifying the spruce, fir, and hemlock needles.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Spruce and fir can be difficult to identify as separate species. Here is an easy way to ID these trees as well as Doug fir, bald cypress and hemlock.



The identification characteristics of black...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Black walnut and butternut trees are widespread and abundant throughout eastern North America. They are a valuable tree with many uses.



Think again before using old motor oil as a...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A frequently asked question on using bar oil in your new chainsaw. You should use bar oil for less wear on chain and bar.



Tree Leaf Margins - Toothed and Entire - Tree...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Trees with Leaf Margins that may be entire or toothed.



Eastern Redcedar, A Common Tree in North America

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Eastern Redcedar, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America



The most common Ash species in the United States.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identify the Ash - The Important American Hardwoods - Fraxinus



Did You Know You Can Identify Winter Trees By...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Learn how to properly recognize and name common dormant tree species mainly in Eastern North America in this beginner's guide.



Major Characteristics of Pinnate and Bipinnate...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The common trees with pinnate and bipinnate leaf arrangements. These trees include hickory, ash, walnut, pecan, black locust and honey locust.



Essential Tips on Using a Chain Saw to cut a...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

A method used to cut down a tree with a chainsaw. Felling a tree safely with a plan on how the tree needs to be dropped and bucked.



Identifying a palmate and pinnate leaf which...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Compound leaves can be separated into palmate and pinnate leaf forms. Find out more about the structures that comprise compound leaves.



32 of the Most Common Tree Diseases in the US

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

An index of common tree diseases and pathogens taken from the Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet (FIDL) Series, USDA Forest Service



Wax paper makes a great container for leaf...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Even with all the tree identification resources available online, you can't beat using a real, preserved leaf to assist you in tree identification.



Start your tree leaf collection and tips on...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Nearly every one attempts to build a tree leaf collection, either at school or work, for both study and exhibition. Here are my tips and suggestions toward making a plant leaf collection including building a leaf press.



The best and worst wood to use for firewood...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are the best and worst firewood species for burning rated by BTUs and density.



Common North American Trees with Pinnate Leaves

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The common North American trees with pinnate leaves. Identity hickory, ash, walnut, black locust or pecan using this tree leaf key and attached tips.



The most commercially important native cherry...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The beautiful black cherry is attractive in the landscape, can be easily identified and has a dark side. Find out more about Prunus serotina.



Learn the Basics of Tree Structure

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Learning a tree's botanical parts is useful for tree owner and forest manager. These tree parts and markers help make positive tree identification.



Thinking about selling your yard trees, then...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



A top planted tree in the urban landscape but...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Pin oak is a popular tree to plant in urban settings. One of the most planted trees in New York City, the non-cultivar oak does need pruning and space.



The Douglas Fir is not a true fir. Learn more...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



The simple, compound, pinnately/bipinnately...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Understanding leaf morphology labeled​ as simple, compound, pinnately and double pinnately compound, and palmate leaf structures.



Eastern Hemlock Tree, Beautiful in All Landscapes

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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6 Common North American Spruces

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identify the Spruce - The Important American Conifers - Important Spruce



Easily start a fire in your fireplace or wood...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Starting a fire with wood in your fireplace is not complicated but should be done correctly for efficiency and safety. Learn how to start a fire in your wood stove, fireplace or even a campfire.



It takes work to entirely kill some trees...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Trees can be killed and removed without herbicides or chemicals but extra time, patience, and understanding of tree anatomy is necessary.



Classification of American Hardwood Forests

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The temperate forests of the United States contain more than fifty important broad-leaved tree species. Facts on the American deciduous forest.



Here are my 10 best small trees for your...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

My top 10 small trees recommended for planting in a small yard. These trees were selected by urban forest specialists for their preferred qualities.



When And Where Do Wildfires Occur?

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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



Major North American Conifers

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Common North American conifer trees, their ranges, their identifying descriptions and other trees in their associated habitat.



Smokey's Snakes

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 8.



Smokey Bear's Tree Leaf Poster

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

The full collection of Smokey Bear nature posters. Page 2.



Learn more about this strange but interesting...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

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.



Trees use thousands of gallons of water to grow...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Trees use massive amounts of water through the process of transpiration for the benefit​ of themselves and the Earth.



Planted scarlet oaks grow rapidly with...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Scarlet oak is a favorite red oak and planted in many landscapes. The oak grows fast and stays healthy in their natural range.



Yellow poplar is a straight trunked tree with...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Identify Yellow Poplar - The Important American Hardwoods - Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera



Red cedar is a most common conifer with many...

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Red cedar, the most widely distributed conifer in the eastern United States grows a desirable wood at maturity and is a favorite tree in the landscape.



The best tree ID guides available in print.

2016-12-03T11:31:06Z

Here are my picks of the top tree field guides that make tree identification much easier. You can purchase these books on site.