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A town-owned tree fell on my car - town says they're not responsible

A large tree across the street fell on my car while I was sleeping and did a fair amount of damage. After getting two repair estimates as requested, the town's insurance company decided they have no responsibility as they didn't have prior knowledge of any problems with the tree. Is this the end of the story? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 10, 2014 - 11 answers

How to warp fruit?

I am looking for tried-and-tested methods for shaping fruit on the branch. What have you tried that has worked? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Aug 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Is the treatment for Emerald Ash Borer killing our Ash tree?

We asked certified arborist from a reputable company assess the health of a very large ash tree in our backyard. He said the tree was "very healthy" but that we would soon need to begin treating it against Emerald Ash Borer. We are in the midwest and the pest is getting very close to our location. He said the treatment is 99% percent effective when started early enough, and that it will have to be done every-other year indefinitely. [more inside]
posted by scottatdrake on Aug 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Mystery tree: Do I cut it down?

Scene: yardwork in progress. I notice a tree where no tree has gone before, having sort of popped up in our Rose of Sharon patch. 1. What is it and B. Should I cut it down? It's already 12-15 ft. tall.
posted by pjern on Aug 2, 2014 - 4 answers

BotonyFilter: What is this baby tree (urban-wild in Vancouver, BC)?

This baby tree is (probably) in its second growing season. Can anyone identify the species? (urban-wild in Vancouver, BC) [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Tree service in the morning. Tree falls down in a storm that evening.

Should I try to get my money back from the arborist? [more inside]
posted by Poldo on Jul 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Extreme Tree Grafting

I have a vision to (when I buy a house someday) grow a forest where the lawn used to be. The best time to have started this was 20 years ago. Since that did not happen, I am wondering if it's possible to speed the growth of trees excessively through grafting. Can you graft the trunk of a young tree into the middle of another young tree, thus doubling the height? Now I am wondering what are the most extreme and crazy things that can be done with tree grafting.
posted by brenton on Jun 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Calling all medievalists! The Tree of the Seven Deadly Sins

I had a particularly useful version of this in a book some years ago while teaching a class on Chaucer's The Merchant's Tale. It was an (I think) early monochrome block-print of a tree with the peripheral twigs and branches taking one from multiple minor indiscretions to the core seven branches of the deadly sins. For example the twig of impatience might lead to the the branch of wrath. Google image search is not throwing up the detailed "mind-map" tree I recall. It may have been a more modern representation/interpretation of the idea.
posted by Hugobaron on May 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Problem with tree roots

Surface roots from our silver maple are making our backyard unusable. Can we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on May 11, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I check if a tree would have been killed by ivy?

There is a plot of land near me that will now be built on, because the large tree growing on it was being killed by ivy. How do I check if this was true? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Apr 21, 2014 - 10 answers

Help needed with ancient Family Tree Maker file formats: TRT & IDX

I've inherited some very old Family Tree Maker TRT and IDX files now but find no version that can read them. I'm looking for someone who has an old version of FTM which can read the TRT & IDX files and export the data in the standard GEDCOM format. Please help! [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Trying to identify some sort of miniature pine tree.

My in-laws are giving me a couple of houseplants, and I'm trying to identify them, or at least find out if they are dangerous to our cats. Photos after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Feb 22, 2014 - 4 answers

cat in tree freezing

We moved yesterday. Our indoor cat hasn't used her litter or food all day. There is something cat-shaped with glowing eyes in a tree in our backyard about 30 ft up. It is below freezing (Arlington MA). What do we do? The local fire department says they don't do cats. I've been on hold with the emergency line for Angell Memorial for 5 min.
posted by nonane on Jan 31, 2014 - 37 answers

interesting tree choices for South Carolina yard?

The very large pecan tree shading our backyard is dying and must go this winter. We're looking for a replacement to be centered in the (1/8 acre or so) backyard. We don't want another shade tree - just a nice tree to anchor the yard. I'm specifically looking for especially odd/unique/interesting options - something that will surprise people. This is in zone 8a and would probably start as a seedling.
posted by ftm on Nov 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Urban Gardening: Artificial Lighting

Last week, I asked MetaFilter about growing a tree indoors. This week, I have a question about aesthetically pleasing artificial lighting solutions. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Where would I source a tree trunk slice like in this advert?

Anyone know where I could source a tree trunk slice (is that the correct phrase?) like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/116524377/mid-century-cats-cradle-coffee-table?ref=shop_home_active in the UK?
posted by toocan on Oct 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Help Me Find Trees & Plants for a NYC Terrace.

I'm looking for a referral to a supplier of quality and reasonably priced evergreen type trees and plants in and around NYC (also LI, NJ, Conn., etc.) This would need to be a store, nursery or garden center that offers delivery to Manhattan. I've been to the "plant district" in the city but I'm interested in researching other alternatives. Looking to purchase in the next two weeks. Thank you.
posted by mbx on Oct 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Southeastern PA: Where can I found a single tree in a forest clearing?

I'm trying to take a particular photo, so I'm looking for a clearing in a forest, that has a prominent tree by itself within that clearing (On top of a hill works too). [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 1, 2013 - 3 answers

What is this tree/shrub thing?

I am trying to identify a tree (or shrub thing pruned into a vaguely tree-like shape) that I walk by every day. It has purplish/magenta-ish blossoms and it smells lovely. No it is not a lilac. It is currently in bloom (in the Pacific Northwest). Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

What's eating my apple tree?

What is this pest on my apple tree? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jul 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me winter and save my apple tree seedling, please!

I need advice on wintering a special apple tree seedling; USDA zone 4, USA. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jul 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Downed tree, city in storm aftermath, what to do?

We've had a giant storm and an incredible number of trees are down including many blocking roads. One downed tree is mine, although thankfully it's not in the street. I was actually in the process of getting an arborist out here to get it taken down next week...and now it's down! Er, mostly down! And that's where I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2013 - 7 answers

What is this fruit tree?

We're about to move to a house with this fruiting tree in the backyard. It's in San Francisco, fairly deep into the West-side fog belt. What is it?
posted by toxic on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

ID this tree

Picture here. The flowers give off a mild, sweet smell and are kinda sticky at the white, hollow ends. The shells on the left open into halves, and those halves are divided in half, so I doubt they are nutshells (unless those nuts come pre-cut into quarters). This all came from a tree with wide green leaves, here in the southeast USA. That's all I remember about it. Any ideas what tree this might be? Any help would be appreciated!
posted by ditto75 on May 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Trees don't carry ID

Does anyone know what kind of tree this is? It came up in one of my raised beds last year, just a single stick with dark red leaves. I left it alone to see what it would turn into. This picture is what it looks like now, and the leaves have turned much more green, although they did come out red again at first. I've never noticed any flowers or fruit on it so far. The very tips of the branches are covered with little green aphids and the occasional ant. I'm trying to decide if I want to cut it down or try to move it, but I've not been able to get a definite ID to help me.
posted by dilettante on May 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Can you identify this tree/shrub?

Can you identify this tree/shrub? Here are 3 pictures.
posted by cranberrymonger on May 14, 2013 - 15 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 answers

What is this tree that is lining my new street?

Tree-ID Filter: Portland Edition (Photo inside) [more inside]
posted by karminai on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Apple tree rehab

We recently bought a house with neglected apple trees and I would like to learn how to care for them. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Tree ID

What type of tree is this? I'm sure it's quite common, as they're found all over Chicago. There were no old leaves on the ground nearby, and I'm useless at identifying leafless deciduous trees unless they're white and peeling. Thanks.
posted by heyho on Apr 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Is this anthracnose on my Japanese maple?

What is eating my acer palmatum? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Apr 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Choosing a dwarf fruit tree for a garden

I have a large container in my back yard that I want to use for a dwarf tree. The container is at least 3 by 3 feet and gets full sun. It's very important that the tree stay short - four feet is best, five feet would be ok. I want to get tasty fruit from it. I want it to stay healthy and require minimal maintenance. Please give me species recommendations and tips. [more inside]
posted by bq on Mar 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Is it even a tree farm I'm looking for?

You know that last time you drove through Mississippi or Louisiana and you passed by acre after acre of pine trees, all in nice rows? Help me find a publicly-accessible spot like that near New Orleans so that I can use it as a background in a photo. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Seeking suitable plants for an awkward flower bed, zone 8a.

My flower bed gets full sun in Summer, full shade in Winter, and plenty of dog pee. What can I plant? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

What kind of indoor plant do I want?

I have always been one of those "I have no green thumb" type people, but now I want an indoor plant for my NYC apartment. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Feb 6, 2013 - 31 answers

Trees. What's up with those?

We live in a rural New England house on a wooded lot and we don't actually know a whole lot about taking care of trees. Other than 'you should call someone and learn about taking care of trees' what will be useful for us to know? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Help save my grapefruit tree

This is my grapefruit tree. It is sad, and I'm not sure why. Please help me make my grapefruit tree not so sad and nearly dead. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me identify this bee-friendly tree

This tree is taller than our single-story house, has soft brown branches, grows long, skinny, pointy leaves in groups of three, produces bunches of tiny yellow flowers, and is full of bees. It grows very fast. The flowers and leaves don't seem to smell like anything in particular. We're in Los Angeles. The leaves are green year-round, and the tree needs no watering. Here's a pair of photos of the tree and a branch tip. Here's a close up of the flowers. And here's a close up of the underside of the leaves. What is it?
posted by smoq on Jan 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Help identifying two Southern CA trees?

These two trees are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I find a good family tree template online?

I want to create a family tree that includes my grandparents, my parents and their siblings, and all their children (my cousins), and finally my siblings children. If possible I'd also like to include everyone's spouses as well. Ideally I want to be able to include photos, and contact information for each of them. I could certainly try to create this myself but realized someone else has probably done the same thing so I'm hoping I can spare myself the extra work. Can anyone help me with this request?
posted by Wanderer7 on Jan 9, 2013 - 3 answers

How to relax a Christmas tree

How to relax a Christmas tree. It has been unwrapped now for two days and the limbs aren't relaxing much into a tree shape. It looks like it is preparing for re-entry rather than lights and decorations. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman on Dec 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Becoming a Vendor for Dollar Tree? Everything's So Intimidating

Becoming a Vendor for Dollar Tree? Everything's So Intimidating [more inside]
posted by Thisisbuffalo on Dec 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Where can we get a corner Christmas tree?

Help me find a quarter/corner Christmas tree. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Nov 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, be gone by 2013 and take your ornaments with you

I want a Christmas tree, but I am moving overseas in the new year and DO NOT NEED MORE STUFF. What can I make that is a) festive, b) disposable and c) close to free? (I'd prefer not to contribute a huge pile o'plastic to Boxing Day landfill either)
posted by superfish on Nov 23, 2012 - 29 answers

Where can I get some American Chestnut seeds or seedlings?

I am interested in growing blight resistant American Chestnut Trees in Northern New Jersey. Where can I find seeds or seedlings? [more inside]
posted by JayNolan on Nov 13, 2012 - 11 answers

The House of Possums

Please identify this tree (3 photo imgur album) growing in my backyard in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Oct 24, 2012 - 21 answers

tree me

What tree should we plant in our small front yard? We're in DC, and the area gets full sun. We'd like something beautiful and maybe blossomy, but that grows relatively quickly and is somewhat idiot-proof. Also, any good books or sites out there on tree care?
posted by yarly on Sep 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I move a big tree?

Can I move a 15-18 foot tree? Best practices for something so big? [more inside]
posted by kirst27 on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

What kind of apples are these?

Can you identify these apples in an orchard? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 10, 2012 - 12 answers

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