AMES, Iowa -- Friday, April 27, is Arbor Day in Iowa, and many of our trees are knee-deep in water.
Iowans can get information they need about the effects of flooding on trees from Iowa State University Forestry Extension. Information is available online at http://www.forestry.iastate.edu/ext/ext.html , from ISU Extension forestry specialists and from the publication, Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees (SUL-0001), available for purchase or download.
Traditionally, Arbor Day is the time for many communities, volunteer groups and school children to participate in tree planting celebrations, but wet, soggy conditions may mean that tree plantings will need to wait until the ground is drier.
“Do not plant when planting sites are wet because soil structure will be destroyed and seedling root growth will be restricted,” specialists state in Planting Forest Seedlings, available online.
Visitors to the forestry Web site also will find information on nearly 40 other common topics including Arbor Day in Iowa, hiring a tree care professional and city tree ordinances.
Forestry specialists offer this tip on finding professional arborists. “Owning a truck and a chainsaw does not automatically qualify someone as a tree care professional. Qualified arborists do not create new business by going door-to-door. Look for them in the phone book under Tree Services or Tree Care. Also check with friends or neighbors who have had work done by a reputable company or individual.”
Iowans living in towns and urban areas also will find ways to involve children in learning about trees in their own backyard or neighborhood. In Adopt a Tree and Teach the Young, forestry specialists state, “A great way to allow children to learn about plants such as trees is to have them actually adopt a tree and keep a ‘tree log’ or diary with information about their tree.”
Forestry Extension offers many educational opportunities and also can custom prepare forestry educational materials or programs to meet the needs of clients. One such offering is tree stewardship for youth, a three-hour forestry education program that is presented over a two- to four-week period.
Those with diseased trees can get diagnostic support from the ISU Extension Plant Disease Clinic at http://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/extension/.
Other tree-related information from Iowa State can be obtained at the ISU Department of Entomology’s site at http://www.ent.iastate.edu/.
Iowans can look to ISU Extension for unbiased, research-based information to help them make better decisions about many topics including financial management, the bioeconomy, childcare, nutrition and family communication.