Category: Featured Article

Soft and Sharp

By David Cristiani The use of accent plants, the Southwest green industry’s term for larger cactus and succulent plants, continues to increase beyond low desert communities. Some of that is more about following a trend, but some of that responds…

Facts About Fertilizer

  By Helen M. Stone There are almost as many different types of fertilizers as there are plants. Whole books have been written on soil fertility and fertilizer selection; this publication has covered the topic extensively in the past years.…

Tree Worker Safety: Five Steps to Survival

By Dr. John Ball Every day incidents occur in the tree care industry. Tree workers tend to call them accidents rather than incidents, but the medical field is getting away from this description. Accidents seem to imply that it just…

Drought and Tree Diseases

By Jim Downer, Ph.D By now everyone has heard the hue and cry of drought and the peril we Californians all face from prolonged snow pack depletion and lack of rain. Those who study climate change suggest that some places…

2013 Professional of the Year: Lisa Ortega

Although rooted in the ground, trees often provide drama in our lives. They push out shiny green growth in the spring, scrape the sky with their graceful branches and sometimes burst into colorful flowers. Lisa Ortega, STT’s 2013 Professional of…