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 […]

When to Water: Does Morning, Midday or Afternoon Play a Role?

April 12th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

Planting trees, bushes, plants and other shrubs is a nice way to increase the aesthetic appeal of a property as well as provide some shade and privacy. It is a pretty straightforward process to plant trees, shrubs and other plants, but the real question that often comes with a little bit of uncertainty is when […]

Help Bee Populations with Your Plant Selections

April 5th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

If you’ve been listening to the news, you probably know that bee populations around the country have been on the decline in the last few years. ScienceMag.org says that according to recent studies, several species of bees have significantly declined in population over the last 10 to 20 years. There are numerous reasons behind the […]

Wet Climate? Marshy Soil? These Thirsty Shrubs Absorb Water!

March 27th, 2017 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm
Arrowwood Viburnum

Does your yard remain wet much of the year? Does your property feature wet, marshy soil? Do you have a pond, stream or other water feature that sometimes contributes to soggy soil around the property? Planting some of these thirsty shrubs that absorb water can help you to reclaim your yard and keep your property […]