In last month’s blog post, we introduced a few ways you can track changes in your woods. Knowing which trees were, are, and will be part of your woods is one way to watch it grow over time. When I was a student in my forestry program, Professor Guries would test our tree identification skills by jumping on a stump, and asking us to identify it on our test. Of course our panic led us to believe this was a ridiculous request, but knowing what trees were on your property can be as important as knowing what is there now. The best example we have of this is in the case of diseases that
In previous posts, we recommended that landowners get out into their woods to keep an eye on any changes that might be taking place, whether that be changes to the health of your trees or boundary problems. You can also keep track of physical changes to your trees by watching them grow and change over time. This month’s post will introduce ways you can assess your trees and woods. Future posts will delve deeper into these techniques with more specific details.
I saw my first robin last week. And I’ve been hearing cranes. I love spring, and what it brings back to us, or we hope it brings back to us. Many landowners report bird watching as a favorite activity in their woods. Do you know what birds are using your woods and trees? Are there some birds you hope to catch sight of? In a previous blog post, we talked about what you can do to attract wildlife to your property. The first step in that process though, is knowing what is there now. In this post, we’ll share a few ways to monitor birds on your property.
This month we are going to get our hands dirty by digging into how trees grow and how trees interact in a forest. My quest is to help you understand how it ties to the trees you see in your woods, and why the types of trees changes over time. Understanding tree biology is also important if you want to plant trees (i.e. what trees grow best in the soil types and sun conditions you are working with?).