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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

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

Tribes Are Key

8/9/2018
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We've talked a lot about collaboration, partners and leadership. Join us this week as we talk about how to find your 'tribe' to collaborate or partner with. A tribe needs a leader and you can't be a leader without a tribe. Listen to this week's #TreesAreKey to learn more. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about live oak, Quercus virginiana, and its cousin the Texas live oak. These tough, resilient trees make a great addition to our community landscapes and have a place in...

Duration:00:11:53

Collaboration Is Key

8/2/2018
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We’ve talked about how "Partners are Key" in episode 56 and how "Volunteers are Key" in episode 107. Partners and volunteers only help if we can collaborate and work together. Join us this week to learn more in “Collaboration is Key.” Species Spotlight Mexican white oak, Quercus polymorpha, is a wonderful tree with many names; one of which is Monterrey oak. Listen this week to learn more about this Texas 'native' that was discovered in the 1990s.

Duration:00:15:46

Keys to Summer Limb Drop

7/26/2018
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Yes, #TreesAreKey to healthier, happier, safer communities, but there are times when trees can be the culprit. Let’s explore a fascinating phenomenon known as Summer Limb Drop or Sudden Branch Drop. Species Spotlight This week we take a look at Arizona ash, Fraxinus velutina, a beautiful tree found throughout the Southwest.

Duration:00:10:58

Keys to Zombie Trees

7/19/2018
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Keys to Zombie Trees Building off our episodes about Urban Forest Strike Teams and the importance of Air – Join us this week to learn more about zombie trees. That’s right, “Zombie Trees” are trees that are basically dead, but they just don’t know it yet. It’s not just floods that can create zombie trees – be sure to listen to learn more about how to spot and protect yourself from these poor trees. Species Spotlight Post oak, Quercus stellata, is a great native oak, but can be sensitive to...

Duration:00:10:21

Air Is Key

7/12/2018
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Way back in episode three we talked about Keys to Tree Growth – one of those keys is hard to see (hopefully). This invisible component of tree growth actually contributes significantly to a trees success and mass. Join us this week as we learn more about how “Air Is Key.” Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about an iconic American tree that may have a second chance. American elm was the street tree across the US for many years. An invasive disease wiped them out in many areas,...

Duration:00:12:37

Photos Are Key

7/5/2018
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They say “a picture's worth a thousand words”… and that might be even truer now due to social media and the constant battle for attention in our over saturated lives. Taking inspiration from my friend and colleague Paul Ries, join us this week as we talk about how “Photos Are Key” and how to get better photos. Species Spotlight This week's tree is very photogenic. Listen to learn more about Texas madrone, Arbutus xalapensis. This beautiful, colorful tree shines along the hills of its native...

Duration:00:10:05

Urban Forest Strike Teams Are Key

6/28/2018
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June kicks off hurricane season along the gulf and Atlantic. This week has been Urban Forest Strike Team training with representatives from Texas and across the south. We’ve talked about the Strike Team some in the past, but join us this week as we delve a little deeper and explore why you should make sure your community and emergency management coordinator know about our Strike Teams. Species Spotlight Kentucky coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus, is a tough tree with dappled shade that makes...

Duration:00:12:22

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

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