Types Of Cold

Cold weather does much more damage to trees than hot weather. Hot weather generally means less moisture which can be fixed by watering – at least for smaller trees. In addition most established trees have extensive root systems which can reach deep for water in case of extended drought conditions. I would like to talk…

The Great Watering of 2021

It is June 14th 2021 and it hasn’t rained in two weeks. On top of that we have had many days in the 90’s. This spring I planted 112 trees and shrubs. Of those 58 were planted in tree bags in our garden/nursery. Last year I planted about 44 new trees. I have found over…

And it starts

The emerald ash borer has arrived in my woods and is killing Ash trees. Our 25 to 30 acres has white, green and black ash. Most of the Ash is in the bottom land forest, but some Ash is located on our limestone ridges. Pictured below is a tall thin ash that didn’t leaf out…

Bridge in the Forest

Our forest has around 10 acres of bottom land along the Zumbro River. That bottom land also has a creek running through it. Because of two ridges on opposite sides of the creek I have to have two bridges to get to the section along the Zumbro River. In June of 2019 we had a…

Coast Redwood Trip

In March of 2021 I took a hiking trip to the California Coast Redwoods with two of my daughters. I had driven through the Redwoods a couple times many years ago but had never hiked into the core forest. It certainly was a wonderful experience going deeper into the Redwoods. The big story of this…

The Big One That Got Away

I had posted about big trees in the Kenyon area and talked about a big Bur Oak which had died. I found the pictures and it was a very large tree. The first picture is a close-up of my oldest daughter, my Mother and my Dad’s cousin standing in front of the trunk. Based on…

Chinkapin Choice Made

The choice has been made between the two stems growing from the cut Chinkapin Oak. Below is a view of the two stems in full growth this summer 2020. The north stem is the one on the left in the picture below. A close up of the diameter of the two stems and how they…

Tree Hunting

I have posted before about websites which have information about outstanding trees. Of course someone needs to find these trees, measure them and make them public. I decided to go on a short tree hunt. Just around the local area targeting Parks, Cemeteries and Golf Courses. My first stop was at the Kenyon Minnesota Cemetery….

Baby Bettlereiche Update

Late this fall the four of us who traveled to Switzerland together posed for a picture by the now rapidly growing baby Bettlereiche. It had a fine growing season and is now around three feet tall. I am concerned about some very cold mid-October temperatures that went down below 20 degrees. Baby Bettlereiche was still…

Evening

Getting dark early in November. A hymn with Woods in the title. Now All the Woods Are Sleeping Text by Paul Gerhardt Now all the woods are sleeping, Through fields the shadows creeping, And cities sink to rest: Let us as night is falling, on God our maker calling, Give thanks to him who loves…