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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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08-17-18LATE-SEASON DEFOLIATION– Emerald ash borer has been present in northeast Kansas for several years, but not every ash tree that looks rough is infected. K-State forester Ryan Armbrust says the tree may be experiencing late-season defoliation which is rarely fatal. TT 08-17
08-10-18SIGNS OF DUTCH ELM DISEASE– After accidentally entering the United States on elm logs shipped from France to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1931, Dutch Elm Disease started killing many planted and native elm trees in Ohio within five years. The disease was first reported in Kansas in 1957. Despite the threat of DED, K-State forester Ryan Armbrust says there are a number of American elm hybrids that are well-suited for planting in Kansas.TT 08-10
08-03-18COMBATING OAK WILT DISEASE– Every year a number of oaks in eastern Kansas suffer from a disease called oak wilt which quickly causes decline and death. K-State forester Ryan Armbrust says there’s little that can be done to save a tree from oak wilt but there are steps that can be taken to help protect oaks from exposure to the disease.TT 08-03
07-27-18THE HISTORY OF TREES IN KANSAS– Trees have played an important role in the history of Kansas. Settlers often looked for a grove of tall cottonwood trees as a place to make camp because it meant water was nearby. However, K-State forester Charles Barden says the clearing of trees along streams and rivers caused unstable banks, resulting in muddy water and increased siltation in our reservoirs – something that’s now being addressed through riparian buffers.               TT 07-27 
07-20-18MANAGING WOODLANDS IN KANSAS– There are more than two million acres of woodlands in Kansas. If those acres are properly managed, it can provide an economic value to a farm’s operation. K-State forester Bob Atchison says the Kansas Forest Service can connect woodlands owners with organizations and councils that can help them diversity their income and increase the value of the overall farm.TT 07-20 
07-13-18WINDBREAKS AND CROPS– Research suggests a correlation between properly functioning windbreaks and an increase in crop yields. K-State forester Charles Barden has been researching the connection between windbreaks and crops and now he’s looking to expand the study across the region from Texas to Nebraska.TT 07-13
07-06-18TIPS FOR WATERING TREES– When nature isn’t providing enough moisture to keep trees healthy, homeowners need to make up the difference. But how much water do trees need? K-State forester Bob Atchison offers tips for watering newly planted and mature trees in the home landscape.TT 07-06
06-29-18EARLY SUMMER TREE PRUNING– Many older shade trees in the home landscape will benefit from an early summer pruning. K-State forester Charlie Barden says a light pruning now helps reduce crown size, slows tree growth, keeps troublesome branches away from rooftops and makes mowing the lawn a little easier. TT 06-29
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