Ways You Can Help Mitigate Climate Change with Trees

A recent report by the University of Washington details the Puget Sound Region’s warmer future under climate change. Rising sea levels, heavier downpours, and hotter, drier summer streams are among the projected changes. And while the news seems dreary, it’s an opportunity to consider how we can better manage our own carbon footprint through carbon sequestration (CS) – methods for containing atmospheric carbon. One approach is the simple act of planting trees. Robin Jacobs offers some great ideas on where to begin and which trees to plant for maximum carbon absorption in her article 10 Carbon-Storing Trees and How to Plant Them. There are organizations all over the world that encourage commu

After the Wind

Your house and sanity survived the Big Wind Storm but now you're worried about your large evergreen trees. And, your yard or street is full of large limbs. When limbs break from a tree, it is often Mother Nature using her best engineering skills. The breaking of the limb relieves tremendous pressure from within the tree and often saves the entire tree from failing. This is especially true of Douglas Fir, of which, we have many in the Puget Sound region. Following these storm events, it is not unusual to get solicitations from tree removal companies to 'wind sail' or to remove large limbs to reduce the wind effect on the tree. There is zero science behind such practices and actually, quite

Can Christmas Lights Cause Damage to My Trees?

Will your holiday preparations include a magnificent light display? If so, rest assured that despite what you may have heard, Christmas lights won't damage your trees provided you don't break the tree's limbs by climbing it (or your own by falling from it!). What better place to drape the lights than upon the landscape trees and shrubs? It's a great way to honor the tree and enjoy the shape and place of the trees within the landscape, even after the early darkness of these winter months. In fact, while you're out there, look at your trees closely and see if there are any structural or debris issues. The absence of leaves in the winter provides an opportunity to look up through the tree to se

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