To Rake or Not to Rake October 1, 2012
Just like any suspenseful movie or fun night out, all good things must come to an end. And that includes fall's color show.
As leaves begin to fall, many wonder what they can do to be environmentally responsible and put all those good nutrients to the best use.
Experts recommend raking leaves from lawn areas and adding them to compost bins. Remember, whole tree leaves can form a mat impenetrable to air movement in compost so shredding them first can help promote proper composting.Read More
Lessons From The Forest Floor September 13, 2012
If you want to better understand trees and the nutrition necessary for prime health and proper growth, Davey expert and ISA Board Certified Master Arborist R.J. Laverne suggests you take a walk in the forest.
"On the forest floor, we can see there's a lot of organic material on the top layer of soil - broken up leaves and twigs from last year," he explains, picking up a chunk of the soil in his hands. "Going through the soil profile, we see there's little and smaller bits of organic material and lots of organisms in the soil like earthworms and nematodes. Their job is to break up organic materials that accumulate on the ground and incorporate them back into the forest soil."
As Laverne squeezes the forest soil, he describes the texture as "spongy," which is the result of those organisms that help infuse oxygen into the soil. This makes the soil perfect for "absorbing rainfall and allowing oxygen to get to the roots, which is very important for trees," he says.Read More
Shades of Fall September 28, 2011
Who doesn't love a road trip in the summer? Families piling into cars with inflatable floats shaped like donuts and crocodiles. Playing Eye Spy or finding different states on license plates as you go. Each hour, the growing anticipation builds over when you're going to get your first glimpse of the ocean or Cinderella's castle.
The best part has to be the warm, summer nights. After long days splashing in pools or seeing the sights, everyone cuddles up to watch the fireworks - bursting light shows with all their glittery, sparkly colors and magical shapes.
Unfortunately, the summer travel season is over. As the cool, crisp weather slowly takes over, tourists have headed back to work and school, hanging their heads a bit and resuming their normal schedules.Read More
A Day in the Life of a Red Maple Leaf October 28, 2010
This is my time to shine.
I've been pumped with chlorophyll and have been using the sun's energy to make simple sugars from water and carbon dioxide all spring and summer long. These carbohydrates have helped me and my siblings grow and survive windy days on these branches that we call home. This is a good thing, too, since some of us can get a little leery of heights until we feel strong enough.
It's been one of my better years. Mother Nature has been good to me and I've had a long and wonderful summer.Read More