North America’s eastern forests used to have some 4 billion American chestnut trees: large, tall (up to 100 feet), fast-growing trees whose wood made excellent lumber for buildings; whose nuts fed billions of birds and mammals, including people (including Thoreau); whose tannins supplied America’s leather industry. Various sources have called it “the queen of the forest” and “the ideal tree.”
Got a live Christmas tree? Now’s the time to prepare for planting it. So says Paul Snyder of CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum, who gives tips in the video above. (Hint: It’s best to dig the hole before the ground freezes.)
Visit Secrest Arboretum and see 18 examples of big, tall, still-growing Christmas trees. Read more, get their GPS locations and see photos of all 18. (There’s a slideshow, too, of their needles close up.) The arboretum is on CFAES’s Wooster campus. (Photo: Eastern white pine, Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)
The event, which is for landowners, gardeners and others, will look at the invasive plants, diseases and insects bugging Ohio; how to identify and monitor them; the harm they do to woods and wildlife if left unchecked; and options for controlling them.
A short wagon ride away from Farm Science Review’s (Sept. 19-21) rows of gleaming new tractors, its grounds full of hundreds of exhibitors, its streets packed by thousands of visitors, you’ll see another side of farming …
When it comes to using a chainsaw, there are things you want to cut, like any of Ohio’s millions of still-standing dead ash trees killed by the emerald ash borer pest, and things you don’t want to cut, like … anything not a tree.
There’s a gardening skill called grafting. It’s used a lot on apple trees. And it can help you turn a favorite tree — whether an apple like this one, a pear, a dogwood or another — into more new trees just like it. (Photo: iStock.)
Knowing how to identify trees can help you take care of them even better, says instructor Kathy Smith, head of CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards program. Every tree species has different needs for care, she says.