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The Desert Willow

Tree of the Month: The Desert Willow Learn about this drought-tolerant, Central Texas tree and how to identify it Growing plants in the Texas summer heat can be a difficult task.  Many plants that flourish in other parts of the country have a hard time with our clay soils, 100+ degree days, and low rainfall. …
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Cool School/Community Parks Update

Cool School/Community Parks Update We are excited to welcome students back this Fall 2020 to a safe, healthy outdoor environment that nourishes both their body and mind. The Texas Trees Foundation Cool Schools team has been busy all summer constructing and implementing outdoor learning areas that are being installed at six schools in the Dallas…
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How the Urban Heat Island is Impacting North Texas

How the Urban Heat Island is Impacting North Texas With the Texas summer in full swing, residents of urban areas are dealing with something their rural counterparts may not: Urban Heat Islands. The Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect occurs when built surfaces, like roads, parking lots, and roofs, heat up during the day and slowly…
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Three Important Tips for Watering Your Tree

Three Important Tips for Watering Your Tree Learn about when and how to properly water your tree We all know that trees need water, but when and how much do they need?  Well, depending on who you ask, it may be more complex than you think.  According to The Arbor Day Foundation, there are many…
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How to Identify Abiotic Stress in Your Tree

How to Identify Abiotic Stress in Your Tree Learn to recognize these common symptoms that may save your tree We think of trees at as stalwart sentries, watching over our yards and weathering any storm with us. Though they seem impervious to the changing world around them, like us, trees can become stressed. Stress in…
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How to Identify Biotic Stress in Your Tree

How to Identify Biotic Stress in Your Tree Learn to recognize these common symptoms that may save your tree We think of trees at as stalwart sentries, watching over our yards and weathering any storm with us. Though they seem impervious to the changing world around them, like us, trees can become stressed. Stress in…
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How Outdoor Learning Improves Child Development

How Outdoor Learning Improves Child Development Outdoor spaces improve mental and physical health while shaping children for the future There is a tremendous body of research surrounding the benefits of both structured outdoor education and unstructured outdoor play for children. The positive effects of spending time in nature are far-reaching—from mental and physical health improvements…
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The American Smoke Tree

Tree of the Month: The American Smoke Tree Learn about the origin of the Central Texas tree and how to identify it The American Smoke Tree, also known as Chittamwood, can be grown as a small ornamental tree or as a large shrub.  It is not a well-known plant and can be hard to find…
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How to Care for Your Tree During a Texas Summer

How to Care for Your Tree During a Texas Summer Helping your tree survive and thrive under harsh conditions It’s Summertime in Texas, and that means one thing: it is hot. While older, more established trees are well adapted to the heat and humidity, younger and newly planted trees will struggle to thrive under these…
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Impacting the Urban Forest through Citizen Science

Impacting the Urban Forest through Citizen Science Become a Citizen Scientist to Help Create Better Outdoor Spaces America’s foundation is built on volunteers.  French philosopher Alex de Tocqueville in his book “Democracy in America,” published in 1835 remarked that one of American’s unique qualities was our tendency to form associations to advance the common good.…
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