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Posted on 07 April 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Plant a Tree in Honor of the Weeks Act

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As I walk through the forest of my southern Indiana home, I realize how lucky I am to have these glorious, carbon producing time capsules.

Some of these trees provide me with nuts and fruits while other just supply me with pure beauty.

How I cannot imagine not having trees or having to pay a fee to see trees but without the Weeks Act this could have been the future.

March 1, 2011 was the centennial anniversary of this act that allowed the federal government the right to purchase private land so that headwaters and watersheds could be protected in the eastern United States. While the road through the governmental process was full of stumps, Massachusetts’ congressman John Weeks fought the fight and won. In 1911 President William Howard Taft signed the bill.

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Posted on 29 April 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

How to Buy the Perfect Tree

treesBy Sonya Welter

Trees provide shade in the summer and a windbreak in the winter, and mature trees make the biggest impact for beautifying your neighborhood or boosting your property value.

It’s true that trees are an investment in the future, but many trees grow faster than you might think, and that skinny little sapling you plant today will look lush and established in just a few years.

So how do you choose the perfect tree for your yard?

First, decide what you want the tree for. Conifers like spruce, pine and fir are good for windbreaks or for privacy hedges, since they stay bushy year round. If you want a tall boulevard tree, consider maples, oaks, elms or basswoods.

If you’ve got a tiny urban lot, look for Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 28 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

The Art of Shaping Trees

By Vanessa Richins

Whether your yard is large or small, you can experience the amazement and joy of a tree that has been shaped into unusual and wonderful new designs.

There are several different forms you can choose.

Bonsai

Bonsai trees can fit into any household. Did you know that these little trees are the same exact species that you would find outdoors? The Japanese have perfected this art of careful pruning and training over the course of many years. if you have the time and lots of patience, you can learn to create your own bonsai.

Topiary

Topiaries are trees and shrubs that have Read the rest of this entry »

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