On March 21st we celebrate International Day of Forest! The first International Day of Forest was established in 2012 and celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. This day helps raise awareness of the importance of trees.2018’s Theme: Forest and Sustainable CitiesEach year, a theme is selected by the Collaborative Partnership on Forest (CPF). The theme for 2018 is “Forest and Sustainable Cities.”Some of the key points in this year’s message are to spread the importance of trees in an urban setting. Just because you live in an urban setting does not mean your accessibility to green life needs to decrease! Trees and plants store carbon, which means they reduce the pollution in highly populated areas and filter out harmful particles, producing cleaner air.Have you ever wandered off into the shade on a hot day? That is because the temperature is likely two to eight degrees cooler ...
DIY Enthusiasts Beware!There are plenty of DIY tasks for the enthusiastic homeowner: window cleaning, power washing, and deck staining to name a few. But one task not recommended to try yourself is tree pruning. Though it may seem simple, tree pruning is actually extremely complicated, technical and dangerous. Homeowners have been injured and even killed by falling limbs, faulty equipment, or general carelessness while attempting “do-it-yourself” tree work. Here are the reasons why it is best to leave your tree pruning to the professionals.Tree Pruning is a Dangerous JobThe equipment alone is dangerous, what with tall ladders, sharp hand saws, and powerful chainsaws.Combine these tools with height and the physical labor needed to utilize the equipment and it becomes obvious why pruning trees has a high injury rate. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists tree pruning as one of the most dangerous jo...
While most birds are a welcome addition to anyone’s
garden, there is the rare exception of the woodpecker. Woodpeckers are – as
their name suggests – notorious for boring holes into wood, which includes
trees, garages, and even people’s homes. This eye-catching bird is attracted to the
sap and insects inside wood, so your trees are a target for them. You will know you have woodpeckers in your yard if
you hear them. The loud pecking noise is difficult to miss. They are also very
distinctive-looking birds, some of the males appearing with a noticeable red head,
and all of them with a useful
beak and sturdy tail feathers to aid them in
climbing trees and extracting insects or sap with their long tongues.Most of the time, tree damage caused by woodpeckers
is minimal and the best thing to do is simply leave
the holes alone. Occasionally however, the damage to
the tree can be extensive en...