Trees
by Ruth S. Foster



For Your Safety, Look to Your Trees in Winter
Winter is the time of year to look to your trees. Are they safe and sturdy? Or are they hazardous? In my town, a child was killed in his driveway by a branch that fell. What does hazardous mean exactly? Are there big dead or dying branches that could fall on the electric wires, the house, the car, or worse, on a person? Are there big trees that could fall over during a storm? They can do enormous damage. more
   
Health and Survival of Beeches and Other Ancient Trees
Over 150 years ago, the artist Winslow Homer painted a croquet game under two large beech trees on the lawn in front of his family summer retreat in Belmont, Massachusetts. The painting hangs in a Chicago Museum, but on that same lawn those same two beech trees still held court until 2012. more
   
Health and Survival of Beeches and Other Ancient TreeFamous 150 Year Old Winslow Homer Copper Beech Tree Cut Down in Belmont, Massachusetts
Over 150 years ago, the artist Winslow Homer painted a croquet game under two large beech trees on the lawn in front of his family summer retreat in Belmont, Massachusetts. The painting hangs in a Chicago Museum, but on that same lawn those same two beech trees still held court until 2012. more
   
Old Trees Serious Rules for the Care of Old Trees
1. Be conservative. Don't change the habitat in which the tree has been doing well. No new plantings underneath. No new treatments or chemicals. Don't dig up the soil over the root run. Roots are just a very few inches below the top of the soil, or often right in the top of the soil under mulched leaves... more
   
Force Branches of Flowering Trees
Until small pale leaves appear on outdoor trees and flowers open, it doesn't really seem like spring. But you can make it come earlier to your house by bringing branches into the house for forcing. more
Pruning Grafted Trees and Shrubs is Tricky
Many of our most best flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs are grafted. Plants specially bred for bigger flowers or delicious fruits are often very poor growers. more
Windbreaks
After paying your heating bills this winter, you may want to think about planting windbreaks - for landscaping that saves energy dollars. more

Fall Colors
Although bright red maples and glowing orange sugar maples are what's referred to as "peak" color, the more subtle hues wax and wane throughout the season. And each tree and leaf is different. more
Tips for New Trees, Shrubs, and Sod
A few helpful tips for planting and maintaining your landscape. more
Pruning Trees in Early Spring
Though there yet may be snow, in early spring shrubs and trees can sense the approaching weather change. Buds begin to swell as the days warm. Warm temperatures and longer days tell their hormones to initiate that burst of foliage we call spring. more
New in Tree Care
Good tree health begins with the roots and the soil they grow in. Contrary to what we used to believe, we now know that the vast majority of tree roots are in the top foot of soil. more