Tree Health Articles

  • EPA Releases Guidance on Reduced Residue Chemistry Data Requirements for Seed-Treatment Uses

    On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is publishing new guidance that sets forth a tiered approach intended to help manufacturers and EPA determine when the number of field trials necessary to register seed treatment uses can be reduced.  In its ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Wood Recycler Expands Into Compost Manufacturer

    How a company that started as a small tree care service in the late 1980s evolved into a compost and mulch manufacturer with multiple facilities in the Southeast U.S. Our growth since the beginning can be summed up pretty easily — we’ve gone where our customers have needed us to go,” explains Chris Cowart, owner of Cowart, Inc., a large producer of high quality composts and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Learn to Diagnose Problems in Your Trees, Including New Beech Disease

    A mystery illness is hitting northeast Ohio’s American beech trees. Called beech leaf disease, it’s causing striped and curled leaves, weak buds, and sometimes the death of saplings. It seems to be spreading fast, too. “And we really don’t know what’s causing it,” said Kathy Smith, forestry ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Timber formwork is not sustainable

    Human societies around the world have used timber as a building material for thousands of years. As wood is the only significant biological building material we are naturally inclined to believe that using wood in construction is good for the environment. As a matter of fact the environmental benefits of using timber are not straightforward: although it is a natural product, a large amount of ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • Biomass harvesting: how forest thinning can help prevent wildfires

    Every year, wildfires plague the nation. Once there’s an ignition source, dry foliage in country areas can quickly go up in flames, spreading through woodlands or grasslands quickly. While some wildfires can be small, others can be devastating and blaze through thousands of acres. While there’s no way to predict where wildfires may start, there are ways to minimize the damage of ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • What is it about this soil that protects plants from devastating disease?

    Figuring out why certain soils keep plant parasites at bay could be a boon for agriculture around the globe Plants around the world are constantly under attack — often with big implications for humans. In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the U.S. fell victim to Dutch elm disease, which clogs the vessels that carry life-giving water to the trees’ leaves. ...


    By Ensia

  • Top 5 Methods to Protecting Cherries from Birds

    Not only do humans like to snack on cherries, but birds do, too! Birds love cherries as a food source, even before they are ripe. A mixture of preventative methods should be implemented to keep pesky birds away from your precious cherries. Follow these tips for the best ways to protect your cherry crops or trees from birds: 1. Install Netting One effective way ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • First attempt to measure rainfall canopy interception loss, throughfall, and stemflow in Juglans regia Linn and Cup. Sempervirens L. Var. fastigiata in the north of Iran

    Each individual tree significantly alters the growth of surrounding vegetation by partitioning of rainfall and nutrients to the rooting zone. The Iranian Hyrcanian forests are among one of the most fragile ecosystems of the country owing to large industrial activities for logging and extensive urbanisation. These may accelerate disturbing of this unique type of forest. Of concern currently is an ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Evaluation of a portable MOS electronic nose to detect root rots in shade tree species

    ABSTRACT The early detection of wood decays in high-value standing trees is very important in urban areas because mitigating control measures must be implemented long before tree failures result in property damage or injuries to citizens. Adverse urban environments increase physiological stresses in trees, causing greater susceptibility to attacks by ...


    By PCA Technologies SRL

  • Palm oil: not the evil we think it is

    Oil palm is a globally important crop, but our hatred of it stops us from pushing for better ways to develop it. The oil palm, one of around 2,600 species of palm, must be one of the most hated plants on Earth. Ask any self-respecting environmentalist, and his or her face is likely to turn red with anger at the mere mention of its reviled name: Oil Palm. The oil ...


    By Ensia

  • Is Tree Plantation Sustainable?

    According to, say oxford dictionary, Sustainability is that capacity or ability of something that enables it to maintain itself. It includes taking some initiative today that might have long-term benefit. If something you are doing is said to be “sustainable”, it should have the ability to continue forever. So is tree plantation sustainable? Living sustainability refers to us, the ...


    By Enviro Frontier

  • AE Thompson Waste Composter - Case Study

    AE Thompson is a green waste composter based in Wingate, Country Durham. The company process waste from tree surgeons, landscapers, skip-hire services, gardening businesses and local authorities. With leaves, grass and hedge cuttings accounting for approximately 30% of all waste, the company needed and efficient and robust system they could rely upon. They came to EMS looking for a dependable ...

  • Texas composter grows with biosolids

    New Earth Compost and Soils — with facilities in San Antonio and Conroe, Texas — was born 15 years ago out of a local meat packing plant’s long-standing need to dispose of manure from its operation (see “Composting Integrated Into Family Business,” October 2009). It soon became evident that scores of other businesses in and around the San Antonio area, where the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Public agencies refine grinding strategies

    From coast to coast, municipal agencies operate yard trimmings composting facilities. In many cases, they are on the front line when storms hit that leave downed trees and branches in their wake, opening their gates to a flow of feedstocks of all shapes and sizes. On the other end of the processing chain, these facilities are refining their capabilities to transform the incoming wood, storm ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Argan oil: Too much of a good thing?

    Most people have heard of the health benefits of using olive oil instead of butter or other saturated animal fats. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil have been shown to reduce levels of harmful cholesterol, and as a result nutrition experts have touted it and other aspects of the Mediterranean Diet as heart healthy. But olive oil ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Grow to Order and Seed Collection

    Local provenance planting is important to help restore our natural habitats and retain the genetic integrity of plant populations and is strongly recommended for projects within or near environmentally sensitive areas. Forward planning is essential when undertaking local provenance seed collection as there are seasonal constraints such as seed maturation time, finding seed donor sites and gaining ...


    By BritishFlora

  • Vermeer SC602 stump cutter makes short work of big projects

    The Vermeer SC602 stump cutter is designed to provide tree-care contractors with power and innovative features to make short work of major stump removal projects. The SC602 stump cutter features a Caterpillar C2.2T Tier 4i (stage IIIB) diesel engine that produces 60 hp (44.7 kW) and 142 ft-lb (192.5 Nm) of torque to power through the toughest stump-cutting jobs. A 12-gallon (45.4 L) capacity fuel ...


    By Vermeer

  • The Heroes Gym, South Dallas, Texas - Case study

    Project Name: The Heroes Gym Product: Gravelpave2 porous parking lot Application: Porous Parking Lot City: South Dallas State/Province: Texas Install Date: Spring ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Web of knowledge, web of life, web of wonder

    It"s October, it"s late in the season and it"s been a bad year for mushrooms in Finland. Webcaps, a type of mushroom found particularly in the boreal and temperate forests of northern Europe, are no exception. Webcaps play an important role in these forest ecosystems. They are mycorrhizal fungi that live in symbiosis with the trees, providing nutrients and protection from diseases and receiving ...

  • Redrow homes farnborough

    Tree root protection is a task faced by many developers as they seek to provide cost-effective housing whilst preserving the surrounding environment in the face of large scale developments. A perfect example is Redrow Home’s exciting new housing project, Farnborough Central located within 2.5km of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA), a site requiring adequate measures for ...

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