Learn to ID trees so you can care for them better

Knowing how to correctly identify trees is a key part of diagnosing any problems you might with them, such as pests or diseases.

So says the flier for Nature vs. Nurture Tree ID, an upcoming workshop taught by CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It’s set for Wednesday, Oct. 3 in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, and you need to register by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Registration is $35 and includes lunch and materials. There will be indoor and outdoor sessions, so dress for the weather.

Find details and register online. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Ohio chainsaw non-massacre

Millions of ash trees are dead in Ohio, victims of the emerald ash borer pest. Which means millions of chances exist for Ohioans to cut the trees down using chainsaws. Fortunately, demonstrations in the Gwynne Conservation Area at CFAES’s upcoming Farm Science Review, sawdust flying, will show how to do it safely and right. “Chainsaw Maintenance: Sharpening and Safety,” 11 a.m. to noon on all three days of the Review, Tuesday, Sept. 18, Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20. “Chainsaw Cutting Techniques,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., also all three days. See the full Gwynne schedule.

Tree pests: Which ones should you worry about?

CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program presents Common and Uncommon Woodland Pests from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus. It’s a workshop on two kinds of forest bugs and diseases: ones you probably don’t have to worry about, and ones you do. It’s all aimed at helping you keep your trees healthy.

Registration is $35, includes lunch and materials, and is needed by Aug. 10.

Get details. (Photo: Gypsy moth larva, one of the latter kind of buggers, by John Ghent, Bugwood.org.)

Joe versus the volcano

It’s spring, and “mulch volcanos” may be erupting around some of the trees in your neighborhood. What’s wrong with that? A short answer is tree-killing stem-girdling roots, which is also a good name for a band. A longer answer is in an instructive and fun article by CFAES’s Joe Boggs on the Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine (BYGL) website, which shows you how to mulch a tree right. (Photo: Volcano (non-mulch type), iStock.)

Can breeding, biotech bring back the chestnut?

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.”

Then something happened.

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