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A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.


Pine Cones

Getting Seeds From Pine ConesGrow your own pine tree from seed and make the world a greener place. This page is about how to harvest pine seeds (also known as pine nuts) from the pine cone for planting.


A Norfolk pine or Araucaria heterophylla, in a white pot.

Caring for a Norfolk PineNorfolk pine or Araucaria heterophylla are originally from a small island near New Zealand. They are a popular houseplant. Proper care can keep these elegant living Christmas trees healthy for years to come.


Protecting Pine Seedlings From Deer Browsing

Protecting Pine Seedlings From Deer...Young trees are a favorite snack of hungry deer, especially in the spring and fall while there's still snow on the ground. Most young pines can recover from minor amounts of repeat browsing as long as the terminal bud remains intact.


Preventing Winter Damage

Preventing Winter Damage to Trees and ShrubsIf you live in a climate where winters are severe, you've probably already discovered that the snow and cold weather can cause severe damage to trees and shrubs.


PVC Pipe as Garden Support/Stake - PVC tree supports

PVC Pipe as Garden Support/StakeNeed a garden support/stake for your fruit trees, plants, or garden flowers? An inexpensive alternative from trellis and garden stakes is using PVC pipes! They are extremely inexpensive, averaging out to be $2-3 each depending on the pipe you go with.


Closeup of Hawthorn flowers

Growing HawthornThis tree is native to Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Western Asia. It produces fragrant flowers in May. The hawthorn is considered sacred in parts of the middle east because legend has it that the crown of thorns mentioned in the New Testament was fashioned from this tree. The hawthorn has known medicinal and culinary uses. This is a page about growing hawthorn.


Evergreen Branches

Fast Growing Evergreen TreesNot all evergreen trees fit into the category of fast growing. This page offers some good choices for this type of tree. This is a page about fast growing evergreen trees.


Weeping Cherry Tree

Saving My Weeping Cherry TreeThese beautiful ornamentals are subject to damage and neglect that can put them in danger of dying. This is a page about saving my weeping cherry tree.


apples on ground beneath the tree

Self Harvesting Apple TreeAfter a few hours of high winds in NE Pennsylvania, our apple trees harvested themselves this year!


A weeping willow tree.

My Frugal Life: The Willow StoryOne summer in July on a very hot day, there was a dreadful electrical storm. The willow was split down the middle. I joined the neighbors in a crying fest and then asked for some cuttings. I was told by all the neighbors I couldn't plant in the middle of the summer. I was bound to try.


Closeup of Tree Seeds

Raising Native Trees from SeedRaising native tree species from seeds is a fun and rewarding process. It's also a fairly simple one. Although it is less expensive to grow trees from seed than it is to plant nursery-grown trees, what you save in money you'll probably make up for in time.


A large tree that has fallen into a house

Recognizing When Trees Become...A tree that topples at the wrong time or in the wrong place can cause significant damage to your home and property. Worse yet is the possibility that it could injure or kill someone.


Tree suckers growing from pruned sections

Removing Tree Suckers And Water SproutsWhen gardening, preventing problems from occurring is often easier than dealing with them after they appear. This is often the case with tree suckers and water sprouts. If not removed immediately, they will zap the vitality from healthy trees as they continue to grow.


Trees next to sidewalk

Taking Care Of "Street" TreesStreet trees add value by reducing traffic noise, lowering energy costs, increasing property values, and purifying the air, not to mention the aesthetic beauty they add to the local community. If "street" trees fall under your care, here are some tips for keeping them healthy and looking great.



oak seedling

How to Grow Oak Trees from AcornsWatching a tiny acorn grow into a towering, majestic oak is a rewarding experience for adults and children alike. It's easy, fun, and a great way to leave a legacy for future generations.


maple leaves with fall color

Preparing Your Trees for WinterFall is one of the most important times of the year to take care of your trees. By taking a little extra time now to prepare you trees for winter, you'll see the results of your efforts well into the next growing season.


Buying Trees and Shrubs

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying Trees and...Trees and shrubs are a great way to add real value to your landscape. Because they have a lifespan that can potentially outlast you and your house, it pays to shop smart. A failure to plan can spell disaster down the road-for your trees and shrubs, and for your pocketbook.


Planting tree

What Is Arbor Day?Arbor Day was started by J. Sterling Morton in the State of Nebraska as a way to stop soil erosion. That first Arbor Day, over 1 million trees were planted. Now Arbor Day is celebrated in all fifty states but in different months so that they hit the best days to plant trees.


The Basics of Fertilizing TreesTrees rely on sun, rain, and soil nutrients, to support their growth. When left to nature, trees are self-fertilizing, and competition for nutrients from surrounding plants is limited by the availability of these three resources.


Fast Growing Evergreen Trees

Fast Growing Evergreen TreesI am looking for suggestions for fast growing evergreen trees. However, I am not interested in the cylinder shaped "privacy" trees that I see everywhere.


Norfolk Pine

The Norfolk Pine - A Perfect Living Tree for the HolidaysIf you're looking for the perfect potted Christmas tree, consider the Norfolk Pine. They have soft, compact needles, a naturally symmetrical shape and they come in a variety of sizes-small enough for a table-top display in the kitchen or hall, or large enough to be the focal point of a large room.


Stump Waiting for Removal

Inexpensive Stump RemovalAdvice for removing stumps inexpensively from the ThriftyFun community.



Wrapping Your Trees For WinterWrapping Your Trees For Winter. A tree's bark acts as a protective barrier in the same way skin protects the human body. It protects the tree's underlying vascular system from insect and animal damage and acts as a buffer to external changes in environmental conditions.


A tree with vivid red leaves in fall.

Beautiful Fall Foliage?I ran across this beautiful fall foliage in Minnesota the other day. These trees are normally a burgandy to green color, but have turned red in the fall.


A Guide to Planting Trees

A Guide to Planting TreesSpring and fall are the optimum seasons for planting trees. And although all newly planted trees experience some transplant stress, proper planting techniques can minimize the stress and get your trees off to a healthy, vigorous start.


What Is This Tree? (Ornamental Plum Tree)I have several of these trees growing in my yard. They are volunteers, meaning they just grew up on their own. I live in the Pacific Northwest (Western Washington near Puget Sound). New ones grow up around the largest tree so I'm assume they are from seed from the tree. They have some white flowers in the spring and the fruit shown in one of the pictures is about the size of a jumbo olive and olive shaped or plum shaped.


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