The Best Trees for Blocking Wind and Windbreak (By Zone) October 3, 2017
One of the many ways trees work hard to keep us happy is by warming our landscapes in winter.
Read on to find out the best windbreak trees for your area trees for your area and tips on how to plant them.
Reasons Why Your Evergreen is Dying from Bottom Up – And How to Save September 16, 2016
Evergreen trees turning brown from the bottom up are unsightly.
You’re likely wondering if this means your pine or spruce is dying. Look for these symptoms to see how to save your declining tree.Read More
Oh, Christmas Tree! November 22, 2011
Some of my best Christmas memories involve me bundling up my family and taking them for an adventure in what we pretend is the wild (e.g. tree farm) to find a perfect Christmas tree for the holiday season.
We choose THE tree. We take photos with the tree. We even bring a little bit of tinsel and a couple of bows to decorate the tree, getting into the holiday spirit and marking it as our very own for Christmas. Then we get it home, and the warm and wonderful smell of pine fills our house throughout the season. Next, we get out the big boxes and bins full of baubles, beads, bangles and balls for the tree. Everyone helps decorate. After we're finished, we sit near the tree and sip hot chocolate in our pajamas, marveling at how the lights and ornaments sparkle and shimmer until everyone starts to get tired. As I tuck each child in for the night, I swear I can see imaginary sugarplums dancing over their heads as they close their sleepy eyes.
Our favorite Christmas trees over the years have been Fraser firs, Douglas firs, white pines and scotch pines. And, yes, despite the abundance of artificial trees on the market, we still stick to our time-honored tradition of getting a real tree. Some people feel that getting a real tree puts them on Santa's naughty list when it comes to being "green." However, there are many environmentally friendly reasons a real Christmas tree can still be a big part of your holidays.Read More