Trees in the Amazon Are Making Their Own Clouds and Rain

August 29th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

The Amazon rainforest is home to one of the unique ecosystems in the world, and scientists still have a great deal to learn about its subtle inner workings. One long-standing question about the Amazon concerns its rainy season. For years, researchers have wondered why rains in the Amazon begin months before seasonal winds start to […]

Keep An Eye Out for the Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle

August 17th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

Did you know that the maple trees in Michigan produce about 90,000 gallons of syrup each year? Unfortunately, Michigan’s maples could face a serious threat if the Asian longhorned beetles that have infested thousands of trees in Ohio make their way into Michigan. The beetles have recently wreaked havoc on approximately 18,000 trees in Ohio […]

Researchers Finally Settle Debate Over Beech Trees’ Origin

August 1st, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

Though you may not have realized it, European beech trees have been in the middle of an identity crisis dating back to the last Ice Age. That is, until now. Last month, researchers at the University of Stirling and Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) finally put the long-running debate regarding the origins of […]

Huge Leaf Database Helps Scientists Study Plant Morphology

July 10th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

Scientists can tell a lot about a plant by taking a closer look at its leaves. For years, researchers have been studying the unique features of these leaves to learn more about trends in different plant species. For example, scientists have found that trees that grow in colder environments and get plenty of access to […]

State Officials Work to Slow Spread of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid

June 30th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued a quarantine on hemlock tree movement in four counties in Western Michigan. The order came after state officials discovered a significant infestation of an aphid-like invasive species in Allegan, Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa counties. Native to Japan, the hemlock woolly adelgid has been problematic in eastern […]

Scientists Unlock Mystery of Leaning Pine Trees

June 13th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

In various places around the world, you can find rows of tall pine trees that all lean curiously in the same direction. These trees are known as Cook pines, and scientists now believe they always lean towards the equator. Originally from New Caledonia, a tropical archipelago in the southwest Pacific Ocean, Cook pines were first […]

Soil Microbes Could Be Cause of Tree Migrations

May 31st, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

Researchers have uncovered new findings that may illuminate what sort of mechanisms trees employ in response to the effects of climate change. The key agent? Soil microbes Soil contains a rich mix of living entities that aid trees in the process of extracting nutrients and water from the soil. Some are microscopic while others, such […]

Advantages of Planting Bare Root Trees

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

If you’ve ever planted a tree on your property, chances are it was a potted tree with a soil ball on the bottom of it that contained all of the tree’s roots. Traditionally, this is the way that nurseries have sold trees to customers, but in recent years, bare root trees have become much more […]

Long-Lasting Trees: What Are the Oldest Known Trees?

May 4th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

It is no secret that trees can live for a long time, but did you know that some trees have been around for almost 10,000 years? It’s true! If you are ready to grasp just how long trees can stick around, then check out these amazing survival stories from Mental Floss. Old Tjikko Known as […]

Trending Tending: What’s Hot in Gardens and Landscapes this Spring?

April 19th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

If you’ve been waiting all winter to get back into the garden, then you’ve come to the right place. As you start planning out your plantscapes and what to place in your garden, it’s always good to know what’s hot for the season. Let’s take a look at what’s trending with tending your garden and […]