An article published on June 8th, 2016 by the University of Cambridge noted that a new record-holder for the tallest tree in the tropics is the same species as a tree used in the extremely popular game Minecraft. The use of actual tree species that require maintenance in a video game that has player numbers in the millions to help inform the young and old alike about the value of trees and some of the different species is genius.
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.
In the AgriNews article "Pruning ground rules," Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell shares some helpful guidelines for pruning trees in the urban environment.
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.
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?
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?
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.