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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

Failure Is Key

6/21/2018
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Did you try something and it didn’t work? Did you try again with the same results? Maybe you tweaked something and tried for the third or fourth time and finally it worked? We’ve talked about tenacity in episode 160, but we haven’t really talked about failure. Often we learn the most (and get the best stories) from our failures. Join us this week as we talk about how “Failure Is Key.” Species Spotlight This week's tree is a failed introduction because it has escaped and become an invasive...

Duration:00:11:20

Keys to Galls

6/14/2018
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We’ve talked about inspecting or monitoring your trees in previous episodes, but you need to know what to look for. We’ve covered subjects like oak wilt, emerald ash borer, defoliators and piercing sucking insects, but we haven’t talked much about abnormal growths. Join us this week as we delve into the subject a little on “Keys to Galls.” Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about a beautiful red oak named Shumard, Quercus shumardii. This could be the tree you want for fall...

Duration:00:09:29

Street Trees Are Key

6/7/2018
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Municipal trees are often broken down into two categories, park trees and street trees. Street trees are fascinating because they are often municipally owned, but are often cared for by the residents… that get the majority of their benefits. Join us this week as we explore the world of street trees and why they are key. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about our native arborescent Texas sabal palm, Sabal mexicana. This fairly cold tolerant 'tree' can be a great option in...

Duration:00:13:18

Keys to Summer Tree Care

5/31/2018
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It was a great spring in Texas and many of our friends up north have finally thawed out. Now that it has started to heat up it’s time to talk about the "Keys to Summer Tree Care." Join us this week as we talk about what to and what NOT to do during the summer months. Species Spotlight Listen to #TreesAreKey this week to learn more about one of our most dependable summer blooming trees. Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis, is an amazing small tree that can shine in any landscape.

Duration:00:10:13

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 and...

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 the...

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

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...

Duration:00:11:25

Specifications Are Key

3/1/2018
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Specifications Are Key There is a new ANSI A300 Pruning Standard and you should be familiar with the changes. We’ve seen many ordinances, management plans, and requests for proposals state that all work should be done according to ANSI A300 standards… except standards aren’t specifications. It is possible to top a tree and be within A300 standards. Join us this week as we talk about how to create specifications using the standards. That’s this week on Specifications Are Key. Species...

Duration:00:13:19

Creativity is Key

2/22/2018
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Creativity is Key Last week’s topic is a great example of creativity in tree care. Moving large trees is an art as well as a science and it takes creativity to solve unique challenges. Join us next week as we explore the world of creativity and how it is key to a better future for our trees and forests. Species Spotlight This week’s tree is an invasive, exotic tree that shouldn’t be planted, but you should recognize it. Chinese tallow, Triadica sebifera, is common across south and east...

Duration:00:15:00

Keys to Moving Big Trees

2/15/2018
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Keys to Moving Big Trees Sometimes a tree is in the wrong place… maybe it was planted in the wrong spot, maybe the road needs to be widened or moved, and sometimes you want an immediate landscape impact. It is possible to transplant many trees, but there are many steps to moving big trees. Join us this week for Keys to Moving Big Trees. Tree of The Week - Famous Trees of Texas edition Listen to this week's #TreesAreKey to learn the story of the Goliad anaqua. This tree's story is a perfect...

Duration:00:12:36

Keys to Salt Managment

2/1/2018
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Keys to Salt Management Last week we talked about how Winter Care is Key for our trees and covered a little bit about salts from de-icers, but they aren’t the only way that salts can cause issues. Over-fertilization, oil and gas exploration and wind along the coast can all damage our trees with salts. Join us this week as we talk about Keys to Salt Management. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about Japanese Black Pine, Pinus thunbergii, which is an evergreen, non-native...

Duration:00:12:29

Keys to Restoration Pruning

1/25/2018
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Keys to Restoration Pruning With colder temperatures can come snow and ice. Both of these can cause damage to our trees. So can wind and errant chainsaws. Luckily, that doesn’t necessarily mean your tree has to be removed. Join us this week as we talk about the Keys to Restoration Pruning. Species Spotlight Listen to this week’s #TreesAreKey podcast to learn more about an imported pine tree, Afghan Pine, Pinus eldarica, that lets us extend the range of pines in Texas.

Duration:00:10:20