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Mulching Landscape Trees
Mulching Landscape Trees - Articles Articles

Mulching Landscape Trees

David R. Jackson

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to enhance landscape beauty, improve soil conditions, protect plants from foot traffic and lawn equipment, and suppress weeds. More
Dealing with Local Timber Harvesting Ordinances
Dealing with Local Timber Harvesting Ordinances - Articles Articles
Timber harvesting is regulated by a fraction of Pennsylvania's local governments, but more municipalities are beginning to regulate harvesting in order to maintain forests for future generations. More
Improving the damaged soils left behind by construction will increase the survival of trees planted.
Understanding Tree Planting in Construction-Damaged Soils - Articles Articles
This article describes fabricated soils, which can be heavily compacted, polluted, and unfertile, full of trash and debris and have unhealthy high or low pH ranges. More
Planting and After Care of Community Trees
Planting and After Care of Community Trees - Articles Articles

Planting and After Care of Community Trees

William Elmendorf, Ph.D., Larry Kuhns

This publication is for people who plant trees in public landscapes, such as streets and parks, but its advice also is useful to those who plant trees around homes and businesses. More
Gardening From the Ground Up
Gardening From the Ground Up - Articles Articles
Soil health and best practices for urban gardens More
Pennsylvania Partners for Sustainable Forests
Pennsylvania Partners for Sustainable Forests - Articles Articles
Forests to meet today’s needs without compromising future sustainability. More
Community trees improve cities and towns, as seen in Philadelphia.
Community Tree Plans: A Guide for Tree Commissions and Advisory Councils - Articles Articles
This article explains planning hierarchies and putting tree planning into practice, including effective administration; analysis of hazardous trees; proper site preparation; and proper tree selection. More
Community Health
Community Health - Articles Articles
The Philadelphia School and Community IPM Partnership (PSCIP) is a collaborative project designed to radically reform pest management in underserved neighborhoods. More
Timber Harvesting in Pennsylvania: Information for Citizens and Local Government Officials
Timber Harvesting in Pennsylvania: Information for Citizens and Local Government Officials - Articles Articles
This article is designed to provide community leaders with a better understanding of timber harvesting and help them make administrative decisions. More
Forest Stewardship: Backyard Trees
Forest Stewardship: Backyard Trees - Articles Articles

Forest Stewardship: Backyard Trees

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

Trees help improve water quality, increase property values and make neighborhoods more visually appealing. This article provides tips for choosing, planting, and caring for backyard trees. More
Questions about Trees and Utilities
Questions about Trees and Utilities - Articles Articles

Questions about Trees and Utilities

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

This article answers five common questions about trees and utilities, and how conflicts between trees and wires can be resolved. More
Open Parking Lot
The Role of Trees and Forests in Healthy Watersheds - Articles Articles
Managing stormwater, reducing flooding, and improving water quality. More
Working with Local Government for Successful Urban Forests
Working with Local Government for Successful Urban Forests - Articles Articles
This article explains how citizen advocacy groups can work with community officials and develop working relationships with local leaders to put "green issues" on the agendas of local governments. More
Sustaining and Funding an Urban Forestry Program
Sustaining and Funding an Urban Forestry Program - Articles Articles
This article offers tips and advice on how citizens and communities can find revenues and develop strategies to create a community tree program. More
Internal decay caused from topping a tree
Pruning for Utility Line Clearance - Articles Articles

Pruning for Utility Line Clearance

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

This article explains why utility companies prune trees, what directional pruning is, how a tree should look after it is directionally pruned, and other options for trees near powerlines. More
Topping trees results in large areas of decay and fast-growing, weak, and unattractive watersprouts.
Don't Top Trees - Articles Articles

Don't Top Trees

William Elmendorf, Ph.D., Henry Gerhold, Ph.D.

This article explains the dangers of tree topping and what measures should be taken to prevent them. More
Opportunities for Volunteers
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Opportunities for Volunteers

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

This article explains how to create successful volunteer projects that can help gain the citizen support needed to establish a comprehensive community forestry program. More
Municipal Tree Commissions
Municipal Tree Commissions - Articles Articles

Municipal Tree Commissions

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

This article explains how communities can form a tree commission to create and sustain an urban forestry program. More
Community forests enhace neighborhoods, like the tree-lined street these girls ride their bikes down.
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Community Forests

Sanford S. Smith, Ph.D.

Community forests are made up of the trees, plants, wildlife, and water found in places where people live, work, and play together. People play an important part in their care. More
Conducting a Community Tree Inventory
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Conducting a Community Tree Inventory

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

Street and park tree inventories provide information for the planning, design, planting, maintenance, and removal of community trees. More
Annual Budgets for Community Tree Programs
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Annual Budgets for Community Tree Programs

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

This article explains the essentials of budgeting for the costs of a community tree program each year. It includes a community tree budget worksheet. More
Annual Work Plans for Tree Commissions
Annual Work Plans for Tree Commissions - Articles Articles

Annual Work Plans for Tree Commissions

William Elmendorf, Ph.D.

Develop an annual work plan for a municipal tree commission to ensure public trees receive the regular care they need to remain attractive, healthy, and safe. More
Photo: Mike Masiuk
A Shade Tree With Benefits - Articles Articles
American yellowwood - Cladrastis kentukea, is a great shade tree that also is a lovely flowering tree. More
A Green Solution to Stormwater Management
A Green Solution to Stormwater Management - Articles Articles
As landscapes grow and develop, the health of streams and rivers affects the quantity and quality of the rainfall entering waterways; what many call stormwater. More