Song of the Wood Thrush

It’s been a cool, dry spring, but now a welcome spell of mild, rainy weather softens the evening. Distant thunder rumbles a counterpoint to the wood thrush singing in the woods behind the barn. Fifty years a...

The Root Cause of Tree Problems

Whether it be insect pests, fungal diseases, or simple decline, many tree problems can be traced to the tree’s root zone—what is happening beneath the soil surface. We tend to overlook this fact, and as a resul...

Could the East Coast Burn Up Too?

In what amounted to the deadliest week of wildfires in California’s history last month, at least 42 people died in the state’s northern Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino counties. The fires wiped out more than ...

Your Neighborhood Wren

A tiny backyard friend with unmistakable allure. As the sun broke through the rain clouds recently, a Carolina wren sat on the arm of a wooden yard chair next to our big forsythia bush, singing for all he wa...