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A Guide to Preserving Trees in Development Projects
A Guide to Preserving Trees in Development Projects - Articles Articles

A Guide to Preserving Trees in Development Projects

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

This publication explains tree health and environmental considerations and details how to preserve trees. More
Keeping your own well and septic records is important. Photo: George Hurd, Penn State Extension
Keeping Well and Septic System Records - Articles Articles
If on a private well, you should determine the quality of your drinking water. If using an on-lot sewage disposal system, you must ensure that the system is operating properly. More
Landowners should inspect their forest road system at regular intervals to detect problems and schedule repairs. Photo: George Hurd, Penn Sate University
Maintain Forest Roads to Prevent Erosion and Protect Water - Articles Articles
The dirt and gravel roads that run through your forest play an important role in the management of your woodlands. More
Homeowners should make a map showing the location of the components on their on-lot septic system. Photo: G. Hurd, Penn State Extension
Managing Your On-Lot Septic System - Articles Articles
About 25 percent of all housing units in Pennsylvania use on-lot septic systems for the treatment and disposal of household wastewater. More
Landscape Tree Factsheets
Landscape Tree Factsheets - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Landscape Tree Factsheets

Henry Gerhold, Ph.D.


Select trees for planting in your towns and cities. More
Pruning Landscape Trees
Pruning Landscape Trees - Articles Articles

Pruning Landscape Trees

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

Proper pruning of landscape trees improves their structural strength, maintains their health, enhances their beauty, and increases their value. 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