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A Lesson on Connections: “Enhancing Ecosystem Dynamics for Trees” with Michael Phillips

by Emma Vautour As a student of ecology and an aspiring ecological landscaper, it was a privilege to attend the 2014 ELA conference and learn from many of the leading figures in the field. The conference rooms seemed to reverberate with the buzz of so many excited earth-enthusiasts, communally appreciating what fascinates them most. The […]

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Shade Tree

A Case for Veteran Trees by Christopher Roddick Ask any arborist why people hire them and, more often than not, the number one answer is fear. People do love their trees, but most call an arborist because they are afraid of big trees or big branches falling on their houses. While there are many reasons […]

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Practical Application of Tree Filter Systems

by Paul Iorio I recently brought to completion a large parking lot project that illustrates the applications as well as adaptability of tree filter systems in an urban environment. Tree filter systems integrate common street trees with stormwater collection to achieve a viable and sustainable alternative to a traditional “end of pipe” system, while still […]

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Save the Trees – Stop their Enemies

Updates on ALB and Emerald Ash Borer by Stacy Kilb Eradicating ALB: The Threat of the Asian Longhorned Beetle Thirty thousand of something is a difficult number to imagine. It’s even more staggering to envision 30,000 trees disappearing, but that is how many hardwood trees have been lost so far to the Asian Longhorned Beetle […]

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DVD Review: Holistic Orcharding

with Michael Phillips Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Generally when you’ve read and enjoyed a book, the movie version is a disappointment. But the recently released DVD, Holistic Orcharding, from Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, is a wonderful exception. This five-hour video is subdivided into twenty-one sections that follow Phillips […]

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Thinking about Nut Trees

by Tricia Diggins Nut trees, more than any other aspect of landscaping, make me think of the old proverb “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” So, plan to plant a nut tree this fall or next spring. If you for some reason cannot plant […]

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Invasive Pests: Coming Soon to a Tree Near You!

by David A. Orwig New England has an expansive landscape filled with a wealth of almost 33 million acres of forests. The trees that comprise these woods, wetlands, town forests, community parks, and back yards provide important habitat, store valuable carbon, help provide clean air and water, and of course yield a variety of wood […]

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Transplanting Trees Using Air Spading

by Sonia Baerhuk Successfully navigating the challenges of large scale construction projects while creating and preserving ecological landscapes, involves considerations beyond typical landscape design. Recent construction projects at the Perkins School for the Blind required the transplanting of several large trees. Air spading was chosen in lieu of the tree spade method to minimize root […]

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