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Trees are Key with Paul Johnson will help listeners better care for their trees. This short weekly podcast will feature a short lesson, a weekly tree highlight, and upcoming tree related events around the state. Sample topics will include Why Trees are Key; How To Hire a Pro: To Help You Care For Your Trees; What do Trees Need To Thrive; Trees As Investments; and How To Water Your Tree. Paul Johnson is the Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Paul is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist. He is a member of the ISA Board of Directors and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Forestry.He resume includes radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, extension horticulturist, university adjunct instructor and plant health care specialist.

Trees are Key with Paul Johnson will help listeners better care for their trees. This short weekly podcast will feature a short lesson, a weekly tree highlight, and upcoming tree related events around the state. Sample topics will include Why Trees are Key; How To Hire a Pro: To Help You Care For Your Trees; What do Trees Need To Thrive; Trees As Investments; and How To Water Your Tree. Paul Johnson is the Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Paul is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist. He is a member of the ISA Board of Directors and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Forestry.He resume includes radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, extension horticulturist, university adjunct instructor and plant health care specialist.
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Trees are Key with Paul Johnson will help listeners better care for their trees. This short weekly podcast will feature a short lesson, a weekly tree highlight, and upcoming tree related events around the state. Sample topics will include Why Trees are Key; How To Hire a Pro: To Help You Care For Your Trees; What do Trees Need To Thrive; Trees As Investments; and How To Water Your Tree. Paul Johnson is the Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Paul is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist. He is a member of the ISA Board of Directors and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Forestry.He resume includes radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, extension horticulturist, university adjunct instructor and plant health care specialist.

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Episodes

The Problem is Key

10/4/2018
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Welcome to Episode 180. Last week we talked about "Keys to Bacterial Leaf Scorch" and this week we will explore how "The Problem is Key." Defining a problem allows you to more efficiently and effectively address it. So, too, for diagnosing tree disease. It can often require patience, thorough examination, critical thinking and avoiding bias around common tree issues.

Duration:00:06:10

Keys to BLS

9/27/2018
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Late summer and early fall are great times to spot trees in distress. Heat and drought are common summer stressors that affect trees in different ways. A common culprit may be Bacterial Leaf Scorch, commonly referred to as BLS. Join us as we explore the “Keys to BLS.” Species Spotlight This week's Species Spotlight features the American Smoke Tree. In early development, it's a shrub but left to grow trees can exceed 30-feet in height. The native Cotinus obovatus has small, crowded flower...

Duration:00:07:25

Decay is Key

9/21/2018
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A storm comes through and knocks over your neighbor’s tree. You close the gate on your fence and the whole thing wobbles. Part of caring for trees and wood products is the management of decay. Join us this week as we explore how “Decay is Key.” Species Spotlight Join us this week to learn more about a small fruited tree with many names. The Little Walnut(Juglans microcarpa) is a great choice for many areas in Texas.

Duration:00:12:10

Keys to Dendrochronology

9/13/2018
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How do we know historic wildfire frequencies, drought cycles and approximately how old a tree is? Listen this week as we explore the fascinating world of Dendrochronology and how we can look at the past to learn more about the present and future. Species Spotlight: Learn about two tree species that have seen a lot of history and can live for thousands of years. Bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva and Pinus aristata) have been used to figure out more about a Mediterranean volcanic eruption.

Duration:00:06:50

Trees Are Key to the Movies

9/6/2018
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Let’s look at trees in a different light this week. Lights, Camera, Action! We know that trees are key to place-making and a sense of place can be key to telling a story. Join us this week as we explore how #TreesAreKey to the movies. Species Spotlight: This week, let’s travel to the Pacific Northwest to check out a tree with many names that is commonly planted in Texas.Listen and learn more about the Cypress tree.

Duration:00:04:26

Continuing Education is Key

8/30/2018
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Welcome to episode 175: Last week we talked about why “Updates Are Key” and this week let’s discuss how “Continuing Education is Key” It’s common for people in an industry to do things the way they were taught years ago. Unfortunately, our practices often don’t keep up with our knowledge. This is true in tree care. Many times I’ve been told “but that’s how my grandpa did it!” Luckily in tree care we have credentialing programs that require continuing education. Specifically, ISA...

Duration:00:06:56

Updates Are Key - EAB

8/23/2018
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We talked about emerald ash borer back in early 2016, but the nasty little critter continues its march across the country. Join us this week as we talk more about what has happened since we first covered EAB in “Updates Are Key – EAB” Species Spotlight This week’s tree is a South Texas native that will likely be under threat from EAB. Listen this week to learn more about Mexican ash -Fraxinus berlandieriana.

Duration:00:14:12

Awareness Is Key

8/16/2018
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There is a disconnect between what trees are worth, how important it is to care for them and that qualified professional like ISA Certified Arborists are best able to help you care for your trees. That’s right, we have a recognition or awareness problem. Join us this week as we talk about how “Awareness Is Key” and try to figure out what can we do about it. Species Spotlight Bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa, is a wonderful, large shade tree that is well adapted to grow in many areas. It also has...

Duration:00:07:58

Standards Are Key

5/24/2018
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We’ve talked about a few of our industry standards in previous episodes including episode 2 “Keys to Hiring a Pro”, episode 89 “Saftey is Key” and episode 149 “Specifications Are Key.” Join us this week as we explore the world of industry standards and specifically our Z133 safety standard and the A300 series of tree care standards. Species Spotlight This week's tree is a beautiful blooming tree that is in full glory now, but will continue to bloom all summer. Retama, Parkinsonia aculeata,...

Duration:00:15:18

Tenacity Is Key

5/17/2018
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Have you been discouraged by your lack of effectiveness; the seeming ignorance of your clients, customers, leaders or colleagues; the continued improper tree care you see across the street or at the local park? It can be tough to keep fighting the good fight, but we can’t give up. We can learn a lot from our trees. Join us this week as we look at how we can work together to bolster our efforts and support each other. Species Spotlight Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba, is a great example of tenacity...

Duration:00:11:46

Parks Are Key

5/10/2018
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There seems to be a day for everything... National Super Hero’s Day, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, there’s even a National Bugs Bunny Day… but recently we celebrated National Park Rx Day. Join us this week as we talk about how and why “Parks Are Key.” Species Spotlight Want a fast growing tree that can make a quick impact in your parking lot? Listen this week to learn about Tepeguaje, Leucaena pulverulenta, which is also known as Great lead tree. This tree has the ability to improve...

Duration:00:11:31

Keys to Fire Recovery

5/3/2018
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Fire may be key, but it can also be damaging. Join us this week to learn more about how to care for trees and landscapes after a fire. Species Spotlight Osage orange, Maclura pomifera, is a tough and resilient tree. Listen this week to learn more about it and why it may be less common than it once was.

Duration:00:09:52

History is Key

4/26/2018
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Join us for the first episode of season 4 as we explore a little about Arbor Day and Smokey Bear in "History Is Key."

Duration:00:17:27

Key Moments From Our First Three Years

4/19/2018
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It’s been three years since we started #TreeAreKey. We’ve covered a lot of ground in that time. Join us this week as we look back at some of the key topics we’ve covered in the first three years including Why Trees Are Key, Keys to Great Barbecue, and how Trees Are Key to Human Health. This is the last episode of season 3 of Trees Are Key. Next week we will start season 4. There's no species spotlight this week.

Duration:00:19:14

Key Web Apps

4/12/2018
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We’ve talked about native phone apps a few weeks ago, but there are many web apps that can be used for forestry and arboriculture. Join us this week as we explore “Key Web Apps” for forestry and arboriculture. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn about a fast growing, potentially long lived tree that does well in many areas of Texas. Mexican Sycamore, Platanus mexicana, is an impressive, beautiful and large shade tree.

Duration:00:12:54

Keys To Prescribed Fire

4/5/2018
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Recently, we talked about how Fire Is Key for trees and forests and that wildfire is often destructive. There are many cases where fire is a valuable management tool. How can we harness the power of fire for good? Join us this week as we discuss the “Keys to Prescribed Fire.” Species Spotlight Eastern redcedar, Juniperus virginiana, is a tough, evergreen Texas native that can come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Listen to this week's #TreesAreKey to learn more.

Duration:00:12:34

Phenology Is Key

3/29/2018
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Phenology Is Key Recently, we talked about spring tree care and mentioned a term you may not be familiar with. Phenology is the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena. When do ash trees start to leaf out, when are the cherry blossoms at their peak in Washington DC? Join us this week as we explore why “Phenology Is Key” Species Spotlight This week's tree is beautiful and currently blooming in my yard in Central Texas. Carolina Laurelcherry, Prunus caroliniana, is a small native...

Duration:00:13:44

Fire Is Key

3/22/2018
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Fire Is Key Destructive wildfires get lots of attention, rightfully so, but fire is a natural and important component in many ecosystems. Join us this week as we explore how “Fire is Key”. Species Spotlight Listen to this week's #TreesAreKey to learn more about a fascinating evergreen Texas native that depends on fire: Longleaf Pine, Pinus palustris

Duration:00:12:25

Keys to Spring Tree Care

3/14/2018
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Keys to Spring Tree Care The redbuds and plums are in bloom and that means that spring has sprung across much of Texas. It’s your last chance to plant during prime planting season, mulch may need to be renewed and there are some trees that you should avoid pruning this time of year. Join us this week as we talk about the “Keys to Spring Tree Care” Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about a useful oak. Swamp Chestnut Oak, Quercus michauxii, is a large beautiful tree native to...

Duration:00:09:50

Apps Are Key

3/8/2018
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Apps Are Key It’s an exciting time for trees, forestry and arboriculture and part of it has to do with the increase in available technology. We touched on this a little in episode 115 “The Future is Key” and we’ll talk about other technology in a future podcast, but join us this week as we explore how Apps Are Key. There are some powerful tools you can carry on that computer in your pocket. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about a beautiful, spring blooming trees that may be...

Duration:00:11:25