Going Green

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tree Research for Urban Environments

I have always been a big proponent of planting trees. Growing up in the Texas Panhandle you learn to appreciate a tree. We have planted trees at every house where we have lived. I have planted over 60 trees at our current home.

Wanted: Trees for Urban Landscapes

By Ann Perry
October 11, 2007

Imagine this "wanted" ad: Horticulturalists in search of small- to medium-sized, pest-resistant, low-maintenance trees that thrive in the face of environmental extremes. Must be able to tolerate foot traffic, storms, drought, car exhaust, insects and dogs. Good looks—springtime blossoms, shapely crowns, brilliant fall foliage—a plus.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist John Hammond set out to make a lifelong match: trees that can survive years of service shading city sidewalks or traffic median strips. Hammond, who heads the ARS Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit in Beltsville, Md., is in charge of the "Power Trees Project."

For four years, Hammond has worked with federal, state and local partners to find trees that can keep their good looks and hold their own against urban stresses. Pick the...(complete article here).

Trees help control wind and water erosion. They provide habitat for wildlife. And they are visually attractive. If you are interested in inexpensive trees for planting, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation website. You can receive 10 free trees just for joining.

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