February 2019
How Successful are Tree Transplants?
Sometimes a tree's current location is no longer its ideal environment. As development increases, urban landscapes may no longer provide the proper nutrients needed for tree growth. According to the Tree Canopy Amendment Act of 2016, trees in Washington DC with a circumference of 100 inches cannot be removed. So opposed to a "full blown" tree removal, one arborist found a way to move a large pin oak tree 100 feet from it's original home.

Read the full article here on our homepage here to learn about the transplant of a 65 ft tree.
Green Capitol
Who manages the 145,000+ trees lining the streets and monuments of Washington DC? The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) protects, maintains, and increases vitality of the canopy throughout the district. This organization has created a resource that depicts the location and species of street trees that are established or scheduled to be planted during the upcoming planting season. The UFA created an extensive map that show the location and genus of every street tree surrounding the capitol. This data reveals that there are over 200 unique species of street trees. Enable the zoom out feature to see overall biodiversity across the city from the comfort of your computer screen.

Burner Bob
Meet this bobtail quail, who goes by the name of Burner Bob. He lives in the longleaf pine forest, an ecosystem that has evolved to thrive during intermittent wildfires. This new personality shares the same wildlife protection views as our old friend Smokey the Bear, but he has a new message. His goal is to educate the public on the ecological importance of prescribed burns. "He's a cool dude with a hot message," creator Thompson shares. "Prescribed fire is necessary to create good habitat for sensitive species, but it should only be conducted by experienced personnel, when permitted under favorable conditions." Fire is natures way of recycling debris into the soil and has been a natural part of various ecosystems. Visit the LongLeaf Alliance website to learn more about our favorite quail!
Successful Planting in Clay Soils
Adequate soil drainage, or lack of adequate drainage (also called soil saturation) is influenced by soil texture (percent of sand, silt and clay) and soil structure (arrangement of soil particles). Available pore space is greatly reduced in compacted soil. Porosity directly affects soil drainage. Porosity is influential to the amount of water and oxygen available for root uptake. Oxygen deficiency appears to be the most important environmental factor causing stress, reduced growth, injury and death to trees and other plants in saturated soils. Often times clay soil is too compact and restricts water penetration and root growth. Yet sweet gum will tolerate poorly drained, clay soils that might kill other trees.

Winter planting should begin with the selection of species adapted to your site and climate! Check out our tree planting resources on American Grove to learn to navigate all soil types.
Good Read:
What The Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
Birds speak a universal language that all of nature knows. Author Jon Young has dedicated his life to studying the vocalizations and behaviors of birds. As much as these songs bring serenity, they also bring wisdom and warnings to the surrounding ecosystem. Indigenous people have survived in uncharted territories with the help of nature since the beginning of time. As science races to catch up, researchers have been able to prove the importance of birds and their connection to nature. Young ties together the teaching of native ancestors, science and his own field experience to create an encapsulating book. What The Robin Knows should be on every nature-lover's shelf!