“A village is not complete, unless it has these trees to mark the season in it. They are important, like the town clock. A village that has them not…has a screw loose, an essential part is wanting.” –Henry David Thoreau, 1862.
Trees make our community more beautiful. But that’s just one benefit. They help clean the environment, provide shade and food for wildlife, increase property value and reduce flooding by intercepting rainfall. Plus, trees keep us cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Did you know that the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day? Learn about the many benefits of trees by clicking here.
GENERAL GUIDES FOR TREE CARE
West Lafayette’s Tree Care Manual
Tree Owner’s Manual (USDA’s Forestry Service, written in 2008 but basic information is still sound.)
Guide to choosing, planting and maintain trees
Construction guidelines for builders and developer
Tree lists for street tree plantings in the City of West Lafayette, IN
Plant finder from the Missouri Botanical Garden
Landscape plants: Identification, ornamental attributes and appropriate use
Plant the Right Tree under Utility Lines
Buying Trees in Containers – what to look for
Pick the tree that’s just right
What’s Wrong with Ornamental Pears?
Emerald Ash Borer in Indiana
Needle cast on Colorado Blue Spruce
Watering Young Trees (1-5 years after planting)
Lincoln Street oak tree damage: What happened here?
How Deep Are Those Tree Roots?
Lawn Mower vs. Tree Trunk
Mulch Volcanoes damage trees
When should tree guards and tree braces come off?
Frost Cracks in tree trunks
Should you rake those leaves?