New Urban Forestry Publications from the Departments of Horticulture and Forest Resources

Karen Townsend, Donald Ham, and Judy Caldwell
Department of Horticulture, Department of Forestry, and Department of Horticulture Clemson University

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A Video Series on Hazardous Tree Management

The city or park administrator is the ultimate decision maker on numerous issues, including tree management. A new 12 minute video, Managing Trees for Public Safety: the Administrator's Responsibility, designed to sensitize administrators to the dangers that defective trees can pose to human life and property, is now available. This video discusses how trees can become defective and dangerous, how to minimize the risk of tree failure, and how to manage trees to avoid development of dangerous defects in the future.

New Urban Forestry PublicationspublicatinosLandscape maintenance personnel, because of their frequent presence outdoors, are in an excellent position to monitor trees for hazards. The goal of Managing Trees for Public Safety: the Role of Landscape Maintenance Personnel, a 17 minute video now available, is to teach groundskeepers, highway right-of-way workers, and anyone else who works in urban landscapes to be on the look out for defects in trees which could lead to failure. The video discusses how to identify tree defects and their indicators, the influence of landscape maintenance practices on trees, and what actions should be taken to reduce the risk of tree failure. (image: New Urban Forestry Publications from the Departments of Horticulture and Forest Resources)

Arborists should consider the hazard potential of each and every tree they work with in the urban environment. Valuable lives, property, and trees are at stake. Coming soon is a 30 minute video, Managing Trees for Public Safety: an Arborist's Guide, which will give arborists and urban foresters the tools they need to evaluate trees for hazard potential. This video will cover tree inspection tools and procedures, tree defects and their indicators, treatments for defective trees, and methods of prioritizing hazard abatement work.

A Brochure on Solving Tree/Turfgrass Conflicts

Has the grass under the big shade tree in the front yard been slowly thinning for several years? Are large surface roots of the tree creating obstacles to mowing? Has the young tree you planted in your lawn not grown much in five years? Are the trunks of your trees trunks badly damaged by lawnmowers? All of these problems point to an incompatibility between trees and turfgrass and a competition for scarce water, nutrient, and sunlight resources. Request this brochure to learn why these conflicts arise and how to overcome incompatability to achieve healthy, attractive trees and turfgrass.

Last Updated 2/1/97