Recent Discussions

  • Why Sap Runs

    March 22nd 2010
    Charlie Levesque, of Antrim, NH, submitted the following comment, which was otherwise blocked by our website security filter: Great technical review of the physics of how we get sap for maple syrup making.  The one… Read More »

  • Why Sap Runs

    March 22nd 2010
    the air space inside a maple tree is what makes sap flow possible; most other trees don’t have the same internal arrangement, so they don’t “run.” this air space also keeps a maple from exploding,… Read More »

  • Beware of Encroaching Forests

    March 22nd 2010
    James: When we converted a similarly sized area of pine to pasture about 4 years ago, we had an excavator pop the stumps and then a bulldozer with a grill-like rake mounted to the blade… Read More »

  • Beware of Encroaching Forests

    March 20th 2010
    Commendable and readable essay by C.W.. As to the question posed by Jim, I don’t have an answer, just some thoughts. I haven’t seen what a mulcher leaves behind, but landscape mulch, such as shredded… Read More »

  • Why Sap Runs

    March 19th 2010
    This is the most complete explanation I’ve seen to date, but I’m having trouble envisioning the physics of it. In most situations, the expansion associated with the change in state from liquid to solid would… Read More »

  • Beware of Encroaching Forests

    March 19th 2010
    For James in New Brunswick: a controlled burn works quite well to reduce and consume the mulched brush, and this method leaves the nutrients behind to go back into the soil: a win-win. Read More »

  • Beware of Encroaching Forests

    March 19th 2010
    Not only are the woods constantly growing and creeping in on us but also they have a tendency to fall down on our houses, power lines, and cars. Definitely a reason to beware the encroaching… Read More »

  • Why Sap Runs

    March 19th 2010
    Thanks for the info. I’ve always wondered how it works! Read More »

  • Which Bird Made That Nest?

    March 19th 2010
    This is a very well thought-out article.  I’m doing some research on birds for a Cub Scout project. I found some info in here that will help as I work up an outdoor adventure for… Read More »

  • Beware of Encroaching Forests

    March 19th 2010
    I have 72 acres in New Brunswick, Canada, which was clearcut about 3 years ago. It is a back lot with a right of way. Thanksgiving last, I had a mulcher cut in a road… Read More »

  • Clearing the Air: Outdoor Wood Boilers Face Regulation

    March 12th 2010
    Getting back into the fray….Those who make complain that “Outdoor Wood Burners” (OWBs) are smoke and pollution belchers are unfortunately for the most part quite correct. I have one. It produces lots of smoke, sometimes… Read More »

  • What Do Tree Roots Do in Winter?

    March 11th 2010
    All parts of a tree grow relatively slowly, so no, if you trim a tree’s root system, the roots you cut will not grow back in two weeks. I’m not sure i understand the whole… Read More »

  • Predicting Fishless Lakes

    March 11th 2010
    The trees may hang on for a little while, but they will eventually die (check out all the dead tree stems in a beaver flowage for a real-world example.) Read More »

  • Clearing the Air: Outdoor Wood Boilers Face Regulation

    March 7th 2010
    Great article!  Gasification wood boilers are often left out of discussions about OWBs and wood burning regulations. I have been using a Tarm gasification wood boiler for the last 4 years and constructed my own… Read More »

  • Predicting Fishless Lakes

    March 6th 2010
    Question: I want to construct a farm pond and will have to remove some trees. If I left some of the larger trees, 1ft - 3ft in diameter, mainly oaks and maples in the pond… Read More »

  • What Do Tree Roots Do in Winter?

    March 6th 2010
    Can you give me any info on tree root growth in warmer climates.  My mother had a problem with her sewer line and a plumbing contractor came out and charged her to clear the line. … Read More »

  • Is Feeding for the Birds?

    March 3rd 2010
    I’ve been feeding the birds (mostly Eurasian collared doves) for about a year now. Yesterday my neighbor came over and said the birds are “pooping” all over her porch and steps. Of course, they do… Read More »

  • The Haitian Landscape

    March 1st 2010
    I don’t know of any references off the top of my head, Derek, but i’ve sent a few requests out to others who might be able to help. I’ll update this post if i learn… Read More »

  • How Do You Know When To Tap Your Trees?

    March 1st 2010
    Thanks for this explanation! I’ve always wanted to know, even though I don’t sugar. Of course, it raises the question, How do you know it’s time to stop (assuming the holes don’t get plugged)? Read More »

  • Wood Pellets

    February 28th 2010
    Having burned pellets for 3 years now, I can say I will not burn oil again in the future. Oil is more expensive than firewood, which I also use, however my biggest concern is the… Read More »