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This undated photo shows an iced-up plant in New Paltz, NY. Winter ice can break plant and human limbs. Rock salt, which can be damaging to plants, is not the only way to clear it from paths. (Lee Reich via AP)

For your plants' sake, go easy on the salt

Jan. 21, 2021 9:44 AM EST

Removing ice from roads and walkways in winter might be essential for safety, but salt can be damaging to plants and soil. Salt has the same effect on plant roots as salty potato chips do on your lips: It draws water from living cells. Salt can ruin soil structure so it wads up into an airless mass. Not a nice...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

California winds easing after sparking fires, power outages

Jan. 20, 2021 9:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A windstorm that fanned brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power focused its remaining energy Wednesday on the southern end of the state, where forecasters warned of the additional threat of heavy rain and flash flooding. Strong winds that began Tuesday...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo The CZU August Lightning Complex fire consumes trees and a fence along Empire Grade Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains community of Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz, Calif. Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. The state's firefighting agency says Tuesday it has responded to at least a dozen vegetation fires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties in 12 hours. (Shmuel Thler/The Santa Cruz Sentinel via AP, File)

Fierce California winds fan fires, topple trees and trucks

Jan. 20, 2021 9:04 AM EST

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. Firefighters chased wind-driven blazes up and down the state, trees and trucks were toppled,...

Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining...

Predicted Arizona dry year could impact trees, cause fires

Jan. 18, 2021 3:17 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Experts have predicted another dry year for Arizona following 2020, when the driest year on record stressed forests across the state's northern region. The dry conditions could have significant impacts on the health of trees and increase wildfire danger, Arizona Daily Sun reported ...

Nonprofit in South Carolina plants, promotes trees

Jan. 17, 2021 12:01 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joelle Teachey is the friendly face of trees. She’s no “tree hugger,” but she probably wouldn’t object. She’s planted solidly in the real world. That’s the way she likes it – for her organization and for her trees, your trees. About...

A gardener inspects a damaged tree at the botanical garden in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. With piles of ice and snow still covering most streets of Madrid, the Spanish capital has begun grappling with the problem of garbage piled in the streets and thousands of trees and branches littering many sidewalks and squares. Madrid city on Thursday estimated Storm Filomena caused 1.4 billion euros in damages. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Madrid digs way out of post-storm garbage, damaged trees

Jan. 14, 2021 2:18 PM EST

MADRID — (AP) — With piles of ice and snow still covering most streets of Madrid, the Spanish capital began Thursday grappling with the problem of garbage piled in the streets and tens of thousands of trees and branches blocking the pavement less than a week after Storm Filomena. The Madrid city...

With no successor to till the land, farm's days numbered

Jan. 9, 2021 3:01 AM EST

ROCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Ten years of planning, ten years of want ads and hope and worry ended one day in October when Don Kretschmann realized it wasn’t going to work; no one was going to step in. This was going to be the last harvest at Kretschmann Family Organic Farm. Come spring, the Beaver County...

Cornell to fell more than 1,700 ash trees infested by beetle

Jan. 5, 2021 10:17 AM EST

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — An invasive insect that kills ash trees is prompting Cornell University to fell 1,700 of the trees on its lands, a step it says will visibly alter the campus's appearance. The trees infested by the emerald ash borer will be felled between January and the end of March and include trees...

This undated photo shows yellowhorn tree seeds sprouting in New Paltz, NY. With its chilling hours fulfilled in the refrigerator, these seeds feel that winter is over, and have sprouted. (Lee Reich via AP)

They need to chill. Tips for turning seeds into trees

Jan. 5, 2021 7:23 AM EST

How exciting to think of a full-size tree locked up within each seed still clinging to the branches of sugar maples, hornbeams, oaks, sycamores and other trees at the end of summer. It was with such visions that I dropped an apple seed into some potting soil in an 8-inch clay flowerpot one autumn day years ago....