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Arbor Rangers

News from the Arbor Rangers. News from Sandy Beech, Keiko Fukiage, Zaire Manning, Clive Jones, Jose Moreno and Donny Phillips.

What Does a Tree Think of Pruning?

Guiding young and medium-aged trees to develop good branch architecture is key to sustainable tree plantings. The most common method of training and developing healthy growth is by means of proper pruning.

But, have you ever wondered how pruning affects a tree?

It’s not merely the removal of a broken or diseased or undesirable limb. Pruning not only changes a tree’s physical structure, for better or worse, but it also undergoes biological effects, which can have long-lasting affects on its future growth and development. Who knew, right?

Tree pruning

We prune trees to remove broken or diseased or undesirable limbs, but have you ever wondered, “What do tree think?” Can pruning affect a tree biologically? What affect could Jeff’s pruning this tree (pictured above) have on its future growth and development?

To learn more on how proper (or improper) pruning can impact your trees and when is the best time to prune, read the new publication: “Tree Pruning: What Do Trees Think?” (FNR-534-W Feburay 2017) by Lindsey Purcell (Urban Forestry Specialist, Purdue University).

Epicormic shoots from latent buds as a result of tree topping.

Epicormic shoots have developed from latent buds after this tree was topped. Topping trees is bad for a trees long-term health and not considered… Continue reading

Hover Flies and Sweat Bees, Oh My!

So… you’re outside trying to enjoy your trees and then almost immediately you begin to attract the attention of those tiny, hovering, flying “things” that look like tiny bees! It seems to get worse because they tend to like landing on your sweaty arms and hands and shoulders and… Just what are these? Bees? Wasps? Flies? Drones? Aliens?!!?

Clive Jones

Clive Jones

Checkout our post on Facebook where we point you to the answers:

or go to: https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/ppdl/Pages/HOT2016/hot08092016.aspx

Stop the Emerald Ash Borer!

Help stop the spread of Emerald Ash Borer! HOW? Well, one way is not to transport any firewood from quarantined locations to other locations (quarantined or not). If you have a fireplace or fire pit, only use local wood. If you plan on having a bonfire, or barbequing at a picnic site away from home or camping, etc. make sure you don’t take firewood with you, but instead buy it from someplace in or near where you plan to burn it. Use up all the firewood too and don’t transport it back home or to another location.

Emerald Ash Borer larva

Emerald Ash Borer larva

 How bad is the situation?

According to the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, ash trees affected by EAB requiring treatment, removal, or replacement number more than 17 million at an estimated cost of $10.7 billion and their spread continues to threaten Midwest states! Check out the latest infestation data on INDIANA EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) QUARANTINE MAP posted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

We are calling on YOU to help join us in slowing down this devastating pest! THANK YOU!

Pupa of an Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer pupa by J. Harris

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Meet Donny Phillips

Donny Phillips

Donny Phillips was the last recruit into Sandy & Keiko’s former “Girls-Only” tree house club, who become part of establishing the core membership of the urban forestry team that later called themselves, the Arbor Rangers!
His specialties are:

  • Tree Biology
  • Diagnostics (Plant Diseases)/Treatment
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Risk Management

Meet Jose Moreno

Jose Moreno

Jose Moreno is a classmate who impressed Zaire because of his determination and courage, despite his physical disabilities, to always strive to do his very best and so he became the second boy to be recruited into Sandy & Keiko’s former “Girls-Only” tree house club that eventually become the urban forestry team known as, Arbor Rangers!
His specialties are:

  • Safe Work Practices
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Risk Management

Meet Clive Jones

Clive Jones

Clive Jones loves to study and collect insects and was befriended by Keiko when he “rescued” her from a Walking Stick insect (that he showed her was really not dangerous at all) and so, he became the first boy to be recruited into Sandy & Keiko’s former “Girls-Only” tree house club that eventually become the urban forestry team known as, the Arbor Rangers!

His specialties are:

  • Tree Biology
  • Diagnostics (Bugs & Insects)/Treatment
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Risk Management

Meet Zaire Manning

Zaire Manning


Zaire Manning, soon after meeting moving into their neighborhood, was the first recruit to Sandy & Keiko’s “Girls-Only” tree house club before it changed to include boys to join and eventually become the urban forestry team known as, the Arbor Rangers!

Her specialties are:

  • Statistics
  • Soil Management
  • Protection and Preservation
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Risk Management

Meet Keiko Fukiage

Keiko Fukiage

Keiko Fukiage is one of the co-founding members of a “Girls-Only” tree house club with her best friend, Sandy Beech, that would later allow boys to join and eventually become the urban forestry team known as, the Arbor Rangers!

Her specialties are:

  • Pruning
  • Installation and Establishment
  • Diagnostics (Abiotic Disorders)
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Risk Management

Meet Sandy Beech

Sandy Beech

Sandy Beech is one of the co-founding members of a “Girls-Only” tree house club with her best friend, Keiko Fukiage, that later allowed Clive to join (because of his amazing knowledge about insects and to help Keiko cope with her fear of bugs). And so, with Clive in the club, this opened the way for other boys to join, and together they eventually become the urban forestry team known as, the Arbor Rangers!

Her specialties are:

  • Tree ID/Selection
  • Soil Management
  • Installation and Establishment
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Risk Management