Land
Garlic Mustard
If you are looking for practical information on the identification and control of invasive plant species in woodland environments, the Forest Invasives Field Day is for you. The Forest Invasives Field Day will take place on August 16th at the Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center in Wanatah, Indiana.
Lindsey Purcell Pruning
In the AgriNews article "Pruning ground rules," Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell shares some helpful guidelines for pruning trees in the urban environment.
Walnut
Indiana Chapter of the Walnut Council is hosting a national conference called Heartwood in the Heartland for woodland owners interested in growing walnut trees and other hardwoods on July 31-August 3 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Lawrenceburg, IN. Registration for Heartwood in the Heartland is due on July 21st.
Soil Picture
Question: We want to plant five fastigiata (upright blue spruce) in an area with heavily compacted soil with large percentage of clay content in the soil. The soil essentially feels and handles like play dough. Water cannot drain down in the soil because of the high clay content. Ewes were planted but they are dying since they are sitting in clay soil with water standing around the roots. Do you have an arborist you can suggest to come out and look at our situation?
Forest
Question: I have noticed that a lot of very mature sycamore trees look ill. They don't seem to have as many leaves, or as large as they usually get and some have already turned brown and died. Is there a certain blight/cancker/pest that is damaging sycamores this year?
Tree Trunk Cracked
Trees are lost or seriously damaged every year from high winds, heavy rainfall and other storm-related weather. Once the tree is damaged, deciding on what to do is an important process. Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell explains common tree injuries and how to identify them, how to conduct a risk assessment when trees are damaged, and steps to take after the storms are over.
Hands of the Future
Children today spend an average of 20 minutes outside. Various studies have shown that engaging with nature improves concentration, coordination, creativity, and more. Hands of the Future, Inc. is a nonprofit company started to educate children about the beauty of nature and help them connect with it.

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