The Trees “root” for us….

By on Apr 29, 2010 in Arbor day |

When J. Sterling Morton moved from Detroit to the Nebraska territory in 1854 he found he was missing something. No not his car keys or cell phone considering it was the mid-1800’s….he was missing trees. Oh how we take for granted something that is all around us until it’s gone. I was talking to a veteran of the war in Iraq and he shared with me how much you miss green grass while serving our country in the desert. In the case of Mr. Morton the tree planting campaign was also one of need with trees planted as windbreaks, for erosion control, fuel, building materials and shade. The first Arbor day was April 10, 1874. Schools picked up on the event in 1882 and eventually all states picked up the healthy habit with their Arbor Day dates coinciding with best planting dates for their part of the country. There is no doubt that trees “root” for us providing many...

Terri’s Tree Topple Tweaked!

By on Mar 18, 2009 in Arbor day |

Storm Team 8’s Terri DeBoer had a tree topple in windy weather early this winter……then the ground froze. She has lived with this “topiary” at a 45 degree angle all winter. When Terri called me this winter I knew two things would have to happen……the thermostat would have to thaw the soil and I would call on my friends at Bartlett Tree Experts to correct this tree trouble!I’m not out on a limb when I say this fabulous March weather has been just the ticket.Rescue for Terri’s tenuous tree arrived  when Bartlett Tree Experts pulled into her driveway. Arborists Brian McKenzie and Scott VanWyk worked to straighten the tree and quickly tweak the tree’s position with a tether.Ground stakes were used to the west of the tree to provide support from prevailing winds. Once the ground stakes were properly positioned it was time to provide...

Out on a limb……an Arbor day reflection

By on Apr 24, 2008 in Arbor day |

I don’t think it’s a “figleaf” of my imagination, or going out on a limb, to say trees were a more recognized part of daily living years ago than they are today. Yes, today we understand their importance in “cooling” the atmosphere and producing oxygen to breathe. It is said a large Douglas Fir tree can expose as much as three acres of chlorophyll surface to the sun!  We also appreciate their beauty, but how often are they a conscious part of our daily function? How often in summer do we retreat to the cool of an air conditioned room instead of the filtered shade of an oak tree? Years ago you would eat, sleep, read and visit under a tree. It was Thomas Jefferson who said, “I never before knew the full value of trees. Under them I breakfast, dine, write, read and receive my company.” During the Civil War it was the place to get some...

Taking care of your little piece of earth

By on Apr 17, 2008 in Arbor day |

The arrival of Earth Day and Arbor Day, (here in Michigan in the same week), might cause you to reflect on how you’re taking care of your little piece of earth. The founder of Arbor day, J Sterling Morton, was originally from Michigan and founded Arbor day after moving to Nebraska. He understood how rewarding trees are and “went out on a limb” in creating a celebration we observe still today. Plants in general are very rewarding…..plant something, anything, it doesn’t have to be a tree, and it will “root” for you. I saw a sign in a garden center a few years ago that said, “our plants are guaranteed to live, or die trying”. If you’ve struggled with your landscape, (your little piece of earth), don’t throw in the “trowel”! I thought it might be helpful for those who visit my website to share a couple of...