Tree Tidbits


Trees can transform your health

There is something remarkably simple that anyone can do to improve their well-being: Spend time near trees. Learn how healthy trees and forests benefit you and your community. See the benefits


Mulching Memo:

Proper mulching of trees (especially those whose trunk is under 6 inches in diameter) is imperative for moisture retention during the hot summer…

Remember “Don’t Mound, Make a Moat,” is the proper method.


Please Be On The Lookout

Hoosiers are being urged to check trees for signs of the invasive Asian long-horned beetle this month as this is a time of peak emergence of the beetle, and to report any sightings. Purdue University Entomologist Cliff Sadof reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is in the midst of a campaign to raise public awareness of the beetle, which threatens urban and suburban shade trees, recreational resources such as parks, forest resources and wildlife. “If you see an Asian long-horned beetle you should to report it,” he said. “It is highly destructive. Once a tree is infested there is no cure for it.”
Sadof noted that the beetle can be reported by calling 1-866-NO-EXOTIC. Alternatively, reports could be made through smartphone apps or websites listed on the Indiana Invasive Species Council website From there, reports go to the state and then to Purdue for confirmation. Sadof says in addition to trees, the beetle also often lands in swimming pools so Hoosiers should check their water skimmers as well.


Even in death, trees offer us beauty. Shot in Horticulture Park at Purdue University.

Excerpted from Amazon Books

“In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group.
Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.”




Q: What is an urban forest?
Q: Why do we need trees?
Q: Why are trees disappearing?

If you want answers to those and dozens of other questions about trees, there’s an interesting and informative new book for you: Jill Jonnes’ Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape. The author writes an engaging history of trees that were imported into the U.S., of our native trees, and famous trees.  Other chapters explain the factors in modern life that are destroying the habitat of trees and the diseases that are causing too many species to disappear. Because West Lafayette is a designated Tree City, readers can learn about urban forestry and how we all can help our trees survive.

There are a few photos, including one of a badly damaged tree from Ground Zero in Manhattan that was saved, the Chicago skyline that includes some of its urban forest, and the enormous root of a famous old elm tree. So, to learn more about the trees you see, enjoy, and benefit from every day, you’ll find a copy of this book in the West Lafayette Library and in the Tippecanoe County Library in Lafayette.

Emerald Ash Borers led to the removal of 15 large Ash trees along Navajo Drive near Blessed Sacrament Church in West Lafayette, a sad loss.  Please, stay alert and safe; dead Ash trees are dropping limbs, or worse falling, all over our town.  If you have a dead street tree that you think is unsafe, please call the city’s Greenspace Administrator, Bryce Patz, at 765-775-5170.