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18 07, 2014

An Experiment: 4 Methods to Evaluating Tree Stability

By | July 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In 2008, the German association of certified arborists established a research group to evaluate the tools of measuring tree stability. In addition to the group of certified arborists, there were also independent scientists and equipment manufacturers. There were three objectives to the project, ultimately determining the best tools, methods and analysis for evaluating tree stability. [...]

13 07, 2014

4 Ways Trees are Affected by St. Louis Storms

By | July 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

An arborists job is deeply tied to the weather. Without knowing what weather to expect for the coming day or season, it’s tough for arborists to plan for daily operations and the trees on which they work. Forecasting the weather is an important skill for arborists to learn, helping them better assess how storms affect [...]

19 01, 2014

How to Identify a Missouri State Champion Tree in 2014 – Pt. 2

By | January 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In part one of our post on how to identify a Missouri state champion tree in 2014, we laid out the parameters for what it takes to be a champion and how to properly measure the circumference of the tree. Basically, you have to have a naturalized or native tree to the area, something that [...]

19 01, 2014

How to Identify a Missouri State Champion Tree in 2014

By | January 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Everyone loves the beauty of big trees. There’s just something about them that command more respect and attention than those found in urban areas. After all, trees are the oldest living organisms. To give you some perspective, the giant sequoias attain a height of 300 feet and diameter of 30 feet at their base. Missouri [...]

13 01, 2014

History of the Urban Forest in America

By | January 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Urban forests are desirable and have been for dozens of years, dating back to the turn of the 19th century. Just prior, some cities had very little streets because insurance companies would refuse to insure houses with trees in the front yard. Thankfully, changing values allowed for the change of legislation in 1807 with the [...]

12 01, 2014

2 Solutions to Avoiding the Conflict Between Power Lines and Urban Trees

By | January 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In many urban environments, you might notice the conflict between tree and power lines, either along the roadside or even in your own neighborhood. Though this impact can have severe consequences in some cases, communities are still planting trees under power lines with ignorance to potential growth. Educational programs have begun to sprout up over [...]

30 12, 2013

7 Simple Ways for Individuals to Protect Our Forests

By | December 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trees, woods, and forests across the US and abroad cam provide part of the solution to limiting climate change, and to helping society to adapt to the changes that we all face. We must help our trees and forests adapt and become resilient to the changing climate. There are seven simple things individuals can do [...]

30 12, 2013

Thinking Strategically: Trees and Vegetation Placement in the Urban Landscape

By | December 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you’ve been following our blog, you probably know that trees and vegetation are most useful as a mitigation strategy when planted in strategic locations around buildings. But did you know that researchers have found that planting deciduous species in specific locations of certain areas can provide special benefits? For instance, planting trees to the [...]

30 12, 2013

2 Ways to Reduce Urban Heat Islands Using Trees and Vegitation

By | December 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ever wonder how you can help cool the urban environment, either by doing planting in the yard or volunteering in a local environmental group? Wonder no more. This post will help explain how you can do your part in cooling down urban environments, with special focus on how the process actually works. According to the [...]

30 12, 2013

4 Important Concepts of Plant Health Care

By | December 30th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Plant Health Care, called PHC by professional arborists, was coined by the International Society of Arboriculture to more clearly define Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques as they apply to tree and shrub maintenance around the yard. If you’re unfamiliar with IPM, it’s the term used when discussing core management strategies of pests in urban trees. [...]