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Choosing an Arborist
Tree work should be performed only by a properly trained and equipped arborist. Considerations in choosing an arborist include certification, insurance, references, contracts, etc.
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Christmas Tree Production in Iowa - Economics and Marketing
Christmas tree production requires money, time, lots of work, and a willingness to accept risk. Get this pub for more information on economics and marketing. Also see Pm 1500, Christmas Tree Produc
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Christmas Tree Production in Iowa - Establishment and Care
Learn about the intensive work needed to produce high-quality Christmas trees. See also Pm 1499, Christmas Tree Production in Iowa -- Economics and Marketing, for information on economic returns.
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Common Diseases of Conifers in Iowa
Color photos help you make the right diagnosis for nine diseases. Causal agents, typical host species, symptoms, and disease spread are discussed. Also learn proper maintenance and chemical controls
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Common Problems of Ash Trees
Many ash tree problems can be mistaken for emerald ash borer infestation. Before removal or needlessly treating with pesticides, use this diagnostic guide to distinguish emerald ash borer injury from
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Conifer Species for Iowa -- Community Trees
With their ever-present foliage, conifers make excellent screens, windbreaks, and hedges and provide year-round visual interest. The included list of recommended conifers is a guide for homeowners and
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Crabapples for Midwestern Landscapes
More than 90 color photos showing 43 cultivars to match the correct tree to your specific site and personal needs. Choose from the cultivars to enjoy an avalanche of colorful, fragrant flowers each
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Dutch Elm Disease and Disease-Resistant Elms -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Find out about disease-resistant elms to combat Dutch Elm Disease.
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Enhancing Wildlife Habitats
This two-color sourcebook offers specific guidelines for enhancing habitats of woodcock, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and other animals. It covers forest wildlife ecology, habitats,
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Establishing a Community Tree Program - Community Trees
This publication is intended to help cities and towns develop and administer a community tree program. Because communities are unique, the program should be tailored specifically for each community.
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Farmstead Windbreaks: Establishment, Care, and Maintenance
This publication discusses conifer, deciduous, and shrub species selection, site preparation and planting, and the care and maintenance of windbreaks in Iowa.
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Farmstead Windbreaks: Planning
To ensure long-term wind protection in Iowa, look here for information about farmstead windbreak benefits and design considerations.
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Forestry Reference Handbook
Pocket guide (3 1/2" x 5 1/2") regarding pesticides, timber contracts, various cost/time tables, trees per acre, stocking guides by tree, firewood information, and more.
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Fungal Cankers of Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Cultural management techniques can help reduce the risk of canker diseases.
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Growing Black Walnut in Iowa - Woodland Management
Black walnut can be grown commercially throughout Iowa except in the northwest corner. This publication discusses selecting and preparing the planting site and how to plant and tend black walnut tree
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Identification of Conifer Trees in Iowa
This publication will help identify the most common conifer trees found in Iowa. It is based on vegetative characteristics including leaves, fruit, and bark.
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Identification of Hardwood Trees in Iowa
This publication will help identify the most common hardwood or deciduous trees found in Iowa. Separate species are grouped by similar characteristics, mainly based on type and arrangement of leaves.
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Iowa's Forest Reserve Laws
To encourage proper stewardship of Iowa woodlands, the Iowa Forest Reserve Law provides that forest land that meets certain criteria may be exempt from property taxes. This publication gives the det
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Iowa's Oaks -- Reiman Gardens
Learn more about Iowa’s official state tree and the twelve different species native to Iowa.
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Juniper Diseases
Help with identification and control of the most common juniper diseases. Color photos and tables.
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Oak Wilt-Identification and Management -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Management practices described can reduce losses due to this most damaging disease of oak trees in Iowa.
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Pest Alert - Bur Oak Blight
Published by the USDA Forest Service in 2011, this publication uses clear photos to show the symptoms of bur oak blight, a recently discovered and damaging disease of bur oaks in Iowa. Includes how to
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Planning for Wooded Acreages and Woodlands
Learn about woodland mapping and management plans, as well as what to do about invasive plants. Plus more info to help you be a good steward and protect your woodland. See also Pm 2002A, Woodland I
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Power Lines and Trees -- Community Trees
To assure safe and reliable electric service, trimming or removing trees near power lines is sometimes necessary. Included are descriptions of proper tree pruning methods to discuss with a qualified
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Pruning Forest Trees
The most common reasons for pruning trees in plantations or woodlands are to maintain a single central leader, repair storm damage, or promote clear trunks or boles for eventual production of high gra
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Pruning Trees: Shade, Flowering, and Conifer -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Discover the art and science of pruning with informative photos and detailed guidelines.
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The Forest Where Ashley Lives
In this award-winning children's book, a 7-year-old girl named Ashley tells the story of her town's forest and how the trees help her community. Each page is colorfully illustrated to show a child mo
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Topping - Tree Care or Tree Abuse? -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Since topping trees is harmful, read about alternatives to solve site problems.
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Tree Planting: Establishment and Care
This publication discusses the last steps in successful tree planting, including caring for the nursery stock, planting methods, and plantation maintenance.
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Tree Planting: Planning
This publication discusses the first steps for successful tree planting, including planning, site preparation, selecting and ordering planting stock.
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Understanding Decline in Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Tips on how to identify, prevent, or reduce the stress-causing factors that lead to tree decline.
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Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Flood-stressed trees show a variety of symptoms and also become candidates for insect and disease damage. Research has found some trees are more tolerant than others.
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Understanding Trees and Woodlands - Woodland Management
Learn what makes a good forest and suggested trees to plant.
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Woodland Improvement and Crop Trees in Iowa
Learn about the woodland improvement practice of thinning -- removing some trees to favor others. See also Pm 2002B, Planning for Wooded Acreages and Woodlands.
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Woodland Invasive Species In Iowa
Learn about four major woodland invasive species in Iowa, with detailed descriptions and color photos, drawings and maps.
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