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Invasive Boxelder Tree

Posted by Ben Gutnik on 3/29/21 10:10 AM

The Boxelder is an adaptable, easy-to-grow maple tree native to North America. Boxelder trees have brittle, weak wood and typically grow near water or river banks.

Known by a dozen or more aliases, including river maple, sugar ash, maple ash, California maple, ash-leaf maple, and Manitoba maple, boxelders spread quickly, grow fast, and are highly prone to breakage.

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Topics: Forestry, Invasive Species, Boxelder

Invasive Tree Species of the Southeast

Posted by Miranda Moss on 1/15/21 1:02 PM

If you live or work in the Southeast, you have admired breathtaking trees that have made their home as part of the southern landscape. Beautiful, old trees that have been around for generations could tell some interesting stories to the intrusive trees that have moved in and taken over. We explore some of the main invasive trees impacting the Southeast and how to tackle them.

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Topics: Forestry, Chinese Tallow, Invasive Species, Kudzu, Privet, Poplar

The Invasive Brazilian Peppertree

Posted by Ben Gutnik on 12/3/20 2:24 PM

The Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius) grows natively in Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, and Americans first brought it to Florida in the 1840s. Today, this invasive species occurs in some of the United States' warmest regions, including Florida, California, Hawaii, Texas, and Georgia.

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Topics: Brazilian Pepper Tree, Forestry, Invasive Species

Invasive Sumac & How to Get Rid of It

Posted by Chelsea Renteria on 10/9/20 9:12 AM

Sumac refers to approximately 35 species in the genus Rhus, a member of the Anacardiaceae flowering plant family. Sumac grows in various parts of the world, including temperate climates in Eastern North America.

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Topics: Forestry, Invasive Species, Sumac

How to Get Rid of Tree Borers and Prevent Infestation

Posted by Ben Gutnik on 8/12/20 4:04 PM

Also known as tree borers, wood borers feed on and make habitats from trees and other woody plants. They belong to a variety of insect groups, including beetles, wasps, and moths, and are often the larva of these species.

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Topics: Forestry, Invasive Species, Beetles

Controlling Invasive Eastern Red-Cedar Trees

Posted by Miranda Moss on 7/20/20 6:54 AM

In Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, the eastern red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) has substantially reduced livestock production and profitability by 75% in the rangelands it invades.

Originally limited to rocky bluffs and other areas where fire couldn't reach them, eastern red-cedar tree populations expanded with the introduction of European land management practices to the United States. A decrease in controlled burns allowed forests to spread, including this now-invasive species. It extended from its native Kansas to nearby states, where it overtakes prairie plant life.

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Topics: Eastern Red Cedar, Forestry, Invasive Species

Sweetgum Trees: The Bitter Truth

Posted by Miranda Moss on 3/9/20 5:08 PM

Liquidambar styraciflua, otherwise known as the Sweetgum, is a species of hardwood tree commonly found in the southeastern United States and into Mexico and Central America. The Sweetgum name came from the fragrant amber gum or liquid the tree produces.

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Topics: Skid-Steer, Skid-Steer Attachments, Invasive Species, Sweetgum

Noxious Norway Maple

Posted by Ben Gutnik on 11/27/19 4:30 PM

The Norway maple is a species of maple native to eastern and central Europe and western Asia. It invades native US woodlands and prevents ground growth due to dense canopy.

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Topics: Skid-Steer, Skid-Steer Attachments, Invasive Species, Norway Maple

The Great Kudzu Invasion

Posted by Chelsea Renteria on 7/18/19 12:52 PM

Kudzu is an invasive plant that originated from parts of Asia, including China, Japan, and Korea. It was introduced in the U.S. in the late 1800s as a way to shade porches, specifically in the south.

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Topics: Skid-Steer, Skid-Steer Attachments, Invasive Species, Kudzu

The Hearty Orange Tree - Osage Orange

Posted by Chelsea Renteria on 6/14/19 12:03 PM

Osage Orange, which is also known as hedge apple, horseapple, bowwood, or bodark, is native to the Southern United States. Its tough wood has been used for fence posts, archery bows, and wheel rims for horse-drawn wagons by pioneers. It also was commonly planted as a living fence line before barbed wire as another way to contain livestock.

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Topics: Skid-Steer, Forestry, Skid-Steer Attachments, Skid-Steer Forestry Mulcher, Drum Mulcher, Invasive Species, Osage Orange

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