What's "Cracking" in the yard and woods?

Have you ever heard a loud bang or pop when you're outside in the winter?  It might have been a tree shivering during the brutally cold winter.  The past several weeks have been very cold and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get warm and stay warm anytime soon.  The very low cold temperatures that we experience during winter months can cause trees to crack.  This is called frost cracking.

Photo by: Carri Jagger

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Carri Jagger

Winter Tree ID – Part 2 – Deciduous Trees

As looked out the window on Monday morning, on January 24th, 2022, after an additional 8 inches of snow that fell Sunday in addition to the 30 inches from last week, I began thinking about items of interest to the avid gardener and thought, “Why not consider tree id in the middle of winter?” This week we will look at deciduous tree identification. Deciduous or woody ornamentals can present a greater challenge, since they lose their leaves or needles in the fall.
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Thomas deHaas
Ann Chanon

Love Letter to Paperbark Maple

Paperbark Maple is a specimen tree. It has a lot going on to make it the perfect tree for near a patio or framed by a window. It has four seasons of interest to keep you enthralled. Unique leaves, beautiful fall color, lingering seeds, and of course, the real pièce de résistance, the exfoliating BARK. 
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Ashley Kulhanek

Winter Annual Weeds Wipeout!

As I was strolling along looking at landscapes, a curious thought suddenly popped into my mind… “Hey, Hey, STOP and look closely at the ground!”  I stopped, squatted down and was astounded to see the incredible number of weed seedlings that had germinated and were happily harvesting sunlight!  What was so stunning to me about that particular landscape, which I know was gone over 2-3 weeks ago, thanks to a fall grounds cleanup party!

 

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Erik Draper
Thomas deHaas