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.
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.
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.)
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.)