LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- I hope Rabbi Harold Kushner will forgive me for the obvious take-off of the title of his 1981 book, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” but the older I get, the more accurate it becomes as applied to trees.This time of year is especially hard for a tree nerd like me. With their leaves gone, the butchery done to perfectly healthy trees is no longer hidden. Now, before you nod your head and start thinking about what utility companies do to street trees in your city, what they do is a separate issue. They simply cut branches away from utility wires in order to prevent problems. They don’t function under the same rules that govern most arborists. They’re essentially not subject to private or public oversight. They’re only tasked with keeping the grid functioning. I just needed to clear that up before we start.Tree care “professionals” come in all forms. Big companies with names you know, small companies, and even ones with … [Read more...] about Bad things can and do happen to good trees. Always check the credentials of your tree care specialist: John Palmer (Opinion)
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The Northeastern Canadians love to complain and one of the things they love to complain about is the United States of America, the single greatest nation ever created in the history of mankind. Perhaps these complaints are a knee jerk reaction to an inferiority complex? It is interesting however that with only 8000 people in their total military that Canada relies on the United States of America to protect it and we do.Then they complain that we do not offer health care for our citizens free from the government. Interesting because they do not offer a military to protect their own people. In fact we could invade and take over Canada without a single bullet being fired because they have no military to defend themselves of course they never think of that.The Canadians also like to tell us that America pollutes too much and does not care about global warming. They complain about the CO2 that we put out into the atmosphere at our power plants, never mind the fact it due to the Bush … [Read more...] about Canadian Issues Over Global Warming and Clear Cutting?
The Canadian Timber Industry was upset previously when the US set tariffs on Canadian Lumber coming into the United States. Whether you call it an anti-dumping tariff or not would not be the only issue. You see it costs a lot to replenish and replant forests, but if you sell the timber without replanting you can do that cheaper of course.Several years back I was reading in Professional Builder how they were concerned about the anti-dumping tariffs of Canadian Lumber. I understand how they fill from a cost standpoint, however let us discuss the hardships that Canadians have placed on United States trucking companies going into Canada with US goods. They have been a royal pain in the ass, while their trucks drive like crap, too fast on back roads-two lane highways, causing accidents and acting very inhospitable towards US motorists, Their trucks full of cattle (beef still on the hoof) and lumber always speed and are unsafe in their driving.The Canadian border crossings are hostile … [Read more...] about Canadian Clear Cutting of Forests and Anti-Dumping Tariffs
The tropical trees on planet Earth have seen better days. Today, the world's second largest tropical rainforest is on death row. Is there a way to save this jeweled segment of this ecosystem? If this tropical tree dies off, a unique ecosystem will vanish, a place where trees have learned to pattern their reproduction techniques. Tropical trees in Indonesia pattern reproduction by coinciding with the recurring arrival of El Nino.There are global implications likely to occur that go along with this horrendous event about to transpire. So, just how do tropical trees reproduce? More importantly, can they survive?Tropical trees vary in terms of the timing, extend, and intensity of flowering and fruiting. Most tropical trees do not produce reliable fruit crops. The majority of trees rely on animals to help pollinate the flowers and spread out the seeds released to the forest floor. It is more likely than not that seeds will come into animal contact prior to germination. This unfortunately is … [Read more...] about The Reproduction Patterns of a Tropical Tree
For a longtime native of the Arizona desert such as myself, the monsoon season is a familiar part of late summer. It typically spans from about mid June through the end of September. Its coming replaces the dry heat with high humidity, and offers some spectacular displays of lightning and thunder. Unfortunately, they also leave in their wake many badly damaged trees, sometimes also resulting in damage to property.The term "monsoon" derives from the Arabic "mausim" meaning "season" or "wind shift." It is, quite literally, a shift in wind direction that causes the meteorological event. During the winter, Arizona's wind flow comes from California and Nevada. During the summer, wind directions shift. The wind then comes from the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, bringing plenty of moisture along with it-up to one-third of Arizona's annual rainfall! It is this wind shift that puts into motion the roughly three months of not just rain, but also dust storms, violent thunderstorms, and even … [Read more...] about Preparing Arizona Trees For Monsoon Storms