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Tree Tales

Tree Tales provides advice on tree care issues, tree selection and planting, and upcoming events and publications from the Kansas Forest Service.  Each segment is approximately 2-minutes in length, and is presented by forestry experts from the Kansas Forest Service.

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06-22-18WOODLANDS AND WINDBREAKS– The 2.5 million acres of forests and 1.2 million acres of windbreaks, riparian woodlands and other trees in Kansas play a vital role in helping the environment. K-State forester Bob Atchison discusses the benefits of managing and caring for woodlands and windbreaks.TT 06-22 
06-15-18TREE PLANTING SUCCESS– A successful tree planting involves much more than digging a hole and covering it with soil. For example, weeds and grasses should be kept away from the base of the tree to reduce competition for water and nutrients. K-State forester Bob Atchison discusses the steps involved in a successful tree planting.TT 06-15
06-08-18WATERING TREES AND SHRUBS– Even when it rains during the summer, it might not be enough to adequately satisfy the needs of trees and shrubs in the home landscape. K-State forester Charlie Barden offers tips on how to water trees and shrubs without using too much or too little water.TT 06-08
06-01-18PINE TREE NEEDLE BLIGHT– If your pine tree needles have brown tips, needle blight could be the cause. Ryan Armbrust, health and conservation forester with the Kansas Forest Service, says this fungus often results in premature leaf drop which can weaken pine trees.                    TT 06-01
05-25-18THE IMPORTANCE OF WINDBREAKS– The purpose of a windbreak is to reduce wind speed.  K-State forester Bob Atchison says reducing heating costs, providing food and cover for wildlife, and reducing livestock feeding costs and stock losses are just a few of the benefits associated with having a windbreak.TT 05-25 
05-18-18ESTABLISHING PECAN PLANTATIONS– Pecan is the largest member of the hickory family and can be grown in southeast Kansas as a source of additional income. K-State forester Bob Atchison says the Kansas chapter of the Walnut Council will provide additional information about establishing pecan plantations at the Walnut Council Field Day on June 16th at the K-State Pecan Experimental Field near Chetopah.TT 05-18
05-11-18SELECTING LANDSCAPE TREES– Trees can definitely enhance the appearance of the landscape. However, if homeowners choose the wrong species or plant them in a bad location, K-State forester Charlie Barden says trees can become a liability rather than an asset.TT 05-11
05-04-18WALNUT COUNCIL FIELD DAY– The Kansas Chapter of the Walnut Council is hosting a Field Day June 16th at the K-State Pecan Experiment Field in Cherokee County. K-State forester Charlie Barden provides a preview of the field day – which he says may be the last at the 80 acre site.TT 05-04
04-27-18GROWING BLACK WALNUT TREES– Black walnut, which can be grown in the Midwest, including the eastern third of Kansas, is in high demand for wood products. However, for black walnut to thrive, they need loamy soils that are high in organic matter and should be planted in areas that drain well and receive full sun. K-State forester Bob Atchison offers advice for planting black walnut trees.TT 04-27
04-20-18CEDAR APPLE RUST FUNGUS– The alien-like orange objects that appear on the branches of Eastern red cedar trees following a rain storm in April and May are the spore-producing body of one life stage of the cedar apple rust fungus. K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust says these spores find a home on a variety of apples – leading to a second stage of this rust disease. TT 04-20
04-13-18HARVESTING MOREL MUSHROOMS– A variety of wildflowers will soon be blooming in Kansas woodlands. In addition, the arrival of morel mushrooms – which often coincides with turkey season – sends hunters deep into the woods in search of one of the most desired mushrooms in the world. K-State forester Bob Atchison discusses how to harvest and handle these elusive mushrooms.TT 04-13
04-06-18TREE PLANTING DIVERSITY– Throughout history, there have been numerous pests and diseases that have impacted the health of our trees – and that impact was undoubtedly amplified by planting too many of the same species in one place. However, K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust says tree planting diversity involves more than simply planting multiple species.TT 04-06
03-30-18USING BRANCHES FOR DECORATIONS– If you’re doing some spring cleaning in the home landscape, K-State forester Charlie Barden says branch and shrub clippings can make nice decorations the inside of your home.TT 03-30
03-23-18PINE WILT PREVENTION– Countless pine trees in Kansas have succumbed to pine wilt disease over the past decade. But homeowners and landowners can act in early spring to prevent the spread of this disease from an infested pine to a healthy pine. K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains.TT 03-23
03-16-18TREES FOR CLEAN WATER– The Kansas Forest Service is working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and other natural resource agencies and organizations to improve the health and productivity of Kansas woodlands and streams. K-State forester Bob Atchison discusses how landowners can apply for funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.TT 03-16
03-09-18BENEFITS OF PRESCRIBED BURNING– Fire can be a cost-effective method of brush control and it reinvigorates the growth of grasses, and improves cattle grazing, wildlife habitat and the vigor and diversity of wild flowers and other plants. However, fire can have a negative impact on air quality. K-State forester Charlie Barden discusses efforts to maintain good air quality throughout the prescribed burning season.TT 03-09
03-02-18STREAM STABILIZATION– For the next few years, the Kansas Forest Service will have an increased focus on assisting farmers with stream stabilization projects. K-State watershed forester Jarren Tindle says this involves putting rocks, logs and willows in the bottom edge of eroding banks to lock the stream in place as new borders of streamside forests get established.TT 03-02 
02-23-18CLIMATE IMPACTS FOREST LAND– Research shows climate has an impact on forest land. K-State forester Bob Atchison discusses some of the impacts heat and drought have caused and how the Kansas Forest Service has the tools to help farmers and ranchers protect and manage their woodlands and shelterbelts.TT 02-23 
02-16-18CONSERVATION TREE PLANTING – If you’re in need of low-cost seedlings, the Kansas Forest Service operates a conservation tree planting program that allows farmers, ranchers and homeowners to purchase bundles of 25 or more seedlings at an average cost of 80-cents per seedling. K-State forester Charlie Barden says these seedlings, about 12-to-24 inches tall, grow quickly and provide numerous benefits.TT 02-16
02-09-18FIREWOOD SHOULD BE LOCAL– Winter is a great time to split and stack firewood. However, harmful insects and diseases can be unintentionally spread through the movement of firewood. As a result, K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust says if you’re planning on burning firewood as part of your outdoor activities, make sure you’re using local firewood. TT 02-09
02-02-18TIMBER MARKETING TIPS– Kansas landowners frequently don’t realize the timber on their property may have market value.  K-State forester Bob Atchison encourages those with hardwood tree resources to assess what they have, and then carefully go about marketing what they have to timber buyers.TT 02-02
01-26-18WINTER LEAF RETENTION– If the conditions are just so, it’s not uncommon for some hardwood trees to retain their leaves through the winter season. K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains how that happens. He notes leaf retention can sometimes lead to ice and snow damage to those trees…which can be dealt with via careful pruning.TT 01-26
01-19-18NATURAL RESOURCES CONFERENCE– Preserving and maximizing tree resources in Kansas will be but one of many topics featured at the 2018 Kansas Natural Resource Conference, February 8th and 9th in Manhattan. K-State forester Charlie Barden previews the conference.TT 01-19
01-12-18PROMOTING FOREST STEWARDSHIP– This would be a good time for landowners to reflect on the tree resources on their property…and the merits of improved resource management. K-State forester Bob Atchison is actively promoting forest stewardship to individual landowners, saying there’s plenty of informational, and even monetary, assistance available for this cause.TT 01-12
01-05-18WINTER CEDAR HEALTH– While they have no place in our vaunted native grasslands in the central plains, Eastern red cedars can serve as useful conservation plantings…as windbreaks or otherwise.  And cedars are the only tree that can change color through the late fall and winter…which could be a good or a bad thing.  K-State forest health specialist Ryan Armbrust explains.TT 01-05