Magazine article American Forests

Ask the Tree Doctor

Magazine article American Forests

Ask the Tree Doctor

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Dont know when to prune? Curious about lobed leaves? Have no fear-the Tree Doctor is here,

Q: I heard that maples absorb carbon dioxide. Do you know if oaks and pines do too?

Joan Smith, via e-mail

A: AN trees absorb CO2 and break down into carbon and oxygen. They store the carbon in the wood as they grow and emit the oxygen. The better suited o tree is to the climate and site conditions, the better job it will do sequestering carbon. For more information, see AMERICAN FORESTS Building Greener Neighborhoods.

Q: Our local power company has taken to devastating trees like never before. How do we stop them? They cut below the lines.

Anonymous, via e-mail

A: Many communities Face this problem. The job of power companies is to provide power, and when trees grow into power lines they need to be cleared. The enlightened company can prune selectively, thinning instead of topping trees. Sometimes it is a matter of meeting with the powers-that be and working out a long-term maintenance program, including a removal and replacement program for trees too big to be beneath power lines. Check out the more progressive programs in Sacramento and San Jose, California. …

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