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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

Winter Tree Care Is Key

1/18/2018
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Winter Tree Care is Key Winter can be a key time for our trees. Planting, transplanting, pruning and fertilization is just a few common activities this time of year. Join us next week as we talk about how Winter Tree Care is Key. Species Spotlight The tree diversity in Texas is fascinating. Listen this week to learn about an edible pine tree that is native to our great state. Mexican Pinyon Pine, Pinus cembroides.

Duration: 00:08:08


Keys to Freeze Damage

1/11/2018
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Wow, it finally got cold and will continue to be cold across much of the US. Next week join us as we discuss the Keys to Freeze Damage. I’ve been moving this topic to the bottom of our topic list waiting for it to be timely. It’s not just how cold it gets, but how quickly it gets cold and how long it stays cold. Join us this week to learn more. Species Spotlight Listen to this episode to learn about a unique small tree that blooms as it's leaves are dropping in the fall, has been used to...

Duration: 00:11:25


Goals Are Key

1/4/2018
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Goals Are Key It’s that time of year. We’ve reviewed 2017 and are looking forward to 2018. Lots of people are making new year’s resolutions, but goals may be better than resolutions. Join us this week as we discuss how Goals are Key. Species Spotlight Winged Sumac, Rhus copallinum, is a small tree or thicket-forming shrub that is important for wildlife in the winter. Listen to this week's #TreesAreKey to learn more.

Duration: 00:12:51


Key Points From 2017

12/28/2017
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Happy Holidays! Join us this week for a review of some of the key points we made during 2017. It’s been an amazing year and we can’t thank you enough for listening and sharing #TreesAreKey with your friends and family. Hard to believe it’s almost 2018. We’ll be back with more #TreesAreKey in the New Year.

Duration: 00:18:23


Keys to Mentoring

12/21/2017
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Keys to Mentoring We are continuing the mini-series this week. Coaching is one avenue for professional development. Another route is mentoring. Mentoring is significantly different from coaching because the relationship is, usually, initiated by the person seeking development… the mentor may not even realize they are mentoring. Join us next week as we talk about the Keys to Mentoring. Species Spotlight This week’s tree goes by many names, but two of them are Sweetbay Magnolia and Magnolia...

Duration: 00:15:43


Keys to Great Coaching

12/14/2017
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We’ve talked about professional development in previous episodes, but what can you do to improve your ability to help others develop? In our next couple of episodes we are going to explore the worlds of coaching and mentoring. We hear a lot about mentor programs, but coaching is just as, if not more, important. Join us this week as we explore the Keys to Great Coaching. Species Spotlight: Join us this week to learn about the Shagbark hickory, Carya ovata, a great tree with a very descriptive...

Duration: 00:12:23


Keys for Early Professionals

12/7/2017
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We’ve talked about the importance of kids and students in episodes 55 and 116 respectively. We also talked about how the future is key in episode 115. I regularly hear (even during the recent #treechat on twitter) that we need more focus on educating children on why trees are key and the keys to caring for trees, but I don’t hear many efforts to retain and develop our professionals in arboriculture and forestry. Join us this week and we explore the "Keys to Early Professionals". Species...

Duration: 00:12:09


Soil pH is Key

11/30/2017
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pH is Key to Trees Join us this week as we focus in on an important aspect of soil. That’s right – soil pH is key to the success of our trees. We will talk about what pH is, how it affects our trees and what, if anything, we can do to change it. That’s this week on #TreesAreKey Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about another oak tree that is often referred to as pin oak. Water oak, Quercus nigra, is a deciduous, Texas native.

Duration: 00:11:58


Keys to Transplanting Trees

11/21/2017
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We are in prime planting season and we are approaching prime transplanting season. Many people want to save a tree from destruction or just want to move it to a better location in the yard. It’s not easy, but it is possible. Join us this week as we talk about the keys to and pitfalls of transplanting trees. Species Spotlight Join us this week to learn about another Texas native that is susceptible to emerald ash borer. Texas Ash, Fraxinus texensis, is medium-sized tree you may not be...

Duration: 00:13:27


Keys to Compost

11/16/2017
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It’s that time of year when we tend to have lots of raw materials to make our own mulch, leaf mold, and compost. We’ve talked about mulch extensively in previous episodes and we’ve talked about how to make and use leaf mold (an alternative to compost). Join us this week when we talk about the Keys to Compost and talk about how to make and use this useful soil amendment. Species Spotlight This week's spotlight is another tree susceptible to emerald ash borer. Green ash, Fraxinus...

Duration: 00:11:50


Ecoregions Are Key

11/9/2017
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We’ve talked about how to select a species for your planting location. We have, also discussed many different species that grow around Texas over the last couple of years, but not every species is a good fit in every area. Tune in as we talk about ecoregions and how they may influence what we should plant. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about one of our native trees that is under threat from emerald ash borer. This week's tree is white ash, Fraxinus Americana. You will...

Duration: 00:13:23


Keys to Root Manangement

11/2/2017
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Roots are active this time of year across Texas. That makes it a good time to plant trees and fertilize established trees if needed. Root management is often overlooked even though they are the foundation of the tree. Tune in this this week as we discuss the Keys to Root Management.

Duration: 00:15:02


Keys to How Many Trees

10/26/2017
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We’ve talked a lot about choosing the right species, picking the best tree at the nursery, and how to properly plant a tree but we haven’t talked about how many trees we should plant. Join us this week as we start a conversation about the Keys to How Many Trees. Species Spotlight Listen to #TreesAreKey this week to learn more about an important tree for birds. Common Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis, grows fast and is a good source of food for our feathered friends.

Duration: 00:12:36


Keys to Fall Tree Care

10/19/2017
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Keys to Fall Tree Care It has started cooling off in Texas and that means Fall has arrived. Join us this week to learn more about what you should be doing for your trees this season. Species Spotlight Brazilian Bluewood, Condalia hookeri, is a small tree or large shrub that is armed and delicious. Listen to this episode of #TreesAreKey to learn more about this tough Texas native, and why it is called bluewood.

Duration: 00:11:00


Keys to Educational Impact

10/12/2017
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Keys to Educational Impact Education is key to affecting change, yet many of us aren’t great teachers. Join us this week as we explore the keys to maximizing the impact of our educational efforts. Species Spotlight Blackgum, Nyssa sylvatica, is a beautiful tree this time of year. Listen to this week's #TreesAreKey to learn more about this wonderful tree that can add sweetness to your life.

Duration: 00:13:54


Keys to Fall Webworms

10/5/2017
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Keys to Fall Webworms Our days are getting shorter and our nights are getting longer. Fall webworms are a common pest this time of year, but rarely warrant treatment this late in the season. Join us this week as the #TreesAreKey podcast discusses these little pests and how to distinguish them from eastern tent caterpillars. Species Spotlight Flameleaf Sumac, Rhus lanceolate, aka Prairie Sumac is a deciduous, Texas native shrub or small tree with a culinary use. Listen to this episode of...

Duration: 00:09:12


Keys to Giant Asian Dodder

9/28/2017
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“Keys to Giant Asian Dodder” We haven’t talked about invasive species much, but there is one in the Houston area that is fascinating. Many invasives are pioneer species that sprout readily in disturbed areas, others just outgrow native species, but this one is an invasive parasite. Listen to this week’s episode of #TreesAreKey to learn more about giant asian dodder. Species Spotlight – Invasive Edition Chinaberry, Melia azedarach, is a common invasive species across Texas. Listen to this...

Duration: 00:09:56


Agility is Key

9/21/2017
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Agility is Key The only constant in life is change. Previously, we have discussed how the future is key (episode 115), and this week we are going to focus on how agility is key. The knowledge that we will have to be nimble and agile as we move into the future is important. Species Spotlight Listen this week to learn more about bluejack oak, Quercus incana, also known as sandjack oak. This oak is often associated with longleaf pine stands in East Texas.

Duration: 00:10:33


Are Leans Key?

9/14/2017
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Are Leans Key? Trees can be affected by hurricanes in many ways – defoliation, broken branches, complete failure and suffocation by flooding. One thing we haven’t talked about much are trees whose structural integrity may be compromised, but haven’t fallen down yet. One of the keys we look for are trees that are leaning. Listen this week as we answer the question “Are Leans Key?” Species Spotlight Emory Oak Quercus emoryi Listen to this week's episode of #TAK to learn more about a west...

Duration: 00:10:01


Keys to Networking

9/7/2017
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Keys to Networking Much of our ability to affect change comes from the people we know and the relationships we can develop. Networking is Key to developing a large group of people that you can collaborate or partner with and call upon for help. Join us this week as we talk about the keys to networking and learn a few tips on how to connect with others for the benefit of our trees and forests. Species Spotlight Cherrybark oak, Quercus pagoda, is native to east Texas and has a unique leaf...

Duration: 00:11:38

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