Three Considerations Before Pruning Trees in Fall and Winter

First, ask ‘why’ instead of ‘how to’ prune. Trees, like people, should routinely have ‘check-ups’. However, they don’t necessarily need ‘surgery’ annually. Removing limbs has unseen outcomes. Pruning reduces a tree’s ability to make food for itself, so it must use stored energy in the roots to replace what was lost, causing a deficit in the short term. This leaves … Read More

What’s a tree to a bird?

Great Horned Owl asleep by Joe Chandler Not everyone cares about birds. Understandably, some are even considered a nuisance and pose very real conflicts for people. But pause to consider this. Birds represent an epic spanning about 160 million years of paleontological findings reveal they first evolved from dinosaurs. They are, however, products of evolutionary events both prior and after … Read More

Trees and Birds Face an Unexpected Adversary in the Energy-Savings Movement

by Gillian Martin It’s solar systems. From a carbon offset standpoint, they are a clear winner, but when trees block sunlight from hitting solar panels, electricity production is reduced. The result is that trees may have to be pruned significantly or even removed. These photos show an example of five trees that were managed for this purpose. When you see … Read More