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July 12, 2012
I camp in tents a lot and love the environment more than most. However, we should not be trimming trees under power lines. We should be cutting them down . Trimming only postpones the damage. Trees don't belong under power lines. It really irritates me when a tree under power lines is finally cut down, and then someone plants another one that will pose a similar problem in the future. BGE has overhead right-of-way for power lines, but it does not own the land in most locations.
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Tim Wheeler | February 13, 2012
More trees have been cut down in the Inner Harbor - for bikers and hikers this time, not race car fans. A contractor removed 13 trees last week on Light Street by the  Harborplace pavilion, according to Adrienne Barnes, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Transportation.  They had to go, Barnes said, to make way for the final leg of the Jones Falls trail, which tracks the stream of the same name from Robert E. Lee Park through the...
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By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2010
Question: I have 160 arborvitae trees lining my property that were planted by the previous owners about 2 to 2.5 feet apart. Ten have died. A tree company said they were planted too close together and I should remove every other tree. I'm not sure I want to do that! Answer: You do not mention the species or cultivar of arborvitae that are planted. Mature height and width varies and it is helpful to know for proper spacing. Some grow to 50 feet high and 10-15 feet wide or more, while dwarf varieties such as Green Emerald could be spaced like your trees.
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By Liz Atwood and Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2012
To what heights would you go to make your child happy? Earlier this month, I found myself 20 feet in the air as I took my tween on an climbing and zipline course in Sandy Springs. I offered to treat him and a few friends to the outing for his 11th birthday, but I had no intention of participating myself. I expected to be on the ground, taking pictures and toting the water bottles. But once we were there, the boys asked me to join them and ... well, it looked like too much fun to refuse.
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By Peter Hermann | March 29, 2012
A dispute over whose property three trees were on prompted one neighbor to fatally shoot another neighbor with a rifle in Western Maryland on Wednesday, and police said this morning they have a suspect in custody. Maryland State Police said the victim, Dennis E. Liller, 43, and the suspect, Alexander E. Malaska, 69, live next door to each other on Park Horse Trail in Allegany County. The shooting occurred Wednesday about 8 p.m. Malaska was charged with manslaughter and is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $300,000 bail.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
I ordered some trees from North Carolina and the nursery wanted to send them in February. What is a good time to have them delivered? You can't put the trees into the ground until the soil is workable, meaning it's dry enough so a clump crumbles in your hand when squeezed. That time varies from year to year depending on weather. April is a good bet. Sandy soils are ready earlier than clay soils. If the soil is unworkable when your plants arrive, keep them outside in a cool, shady area.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2010
In response to a national call for homegrown, Earth-friendly fuels to fill Americans' gas tanks, a couple of University of Maryland researchers are planting trees. Fuel derived from the hardy, fast-growing common poplar could eventually replace some of the billions of gallons of petroleum-based fuel now pumped a year, say biologist Gary Coleman and engineer Ganesh Sriram, who have partnered to help turn the woody plant into a widely used biofuel. "Oil is a finite resource," said Coleman, a professor of plant science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
After the recent hurricanes, I'm worried about a tree by my house. Should I get it topped so it's shorter and less prone to fall over? Tree topping (which is like a buzz cut) is never recommended, for several reasons. Trees are programmed through their DNA to grow to a particular height. If chopped back, they will grow tall again. Add to this that pruning stimulates growth. Consequently, whacking the top off a tree produces lots of rapidly growing suckers and unfortunately this new growth is weakly attached to the tree.
EXPLORE
September 22, 2011
Howard County has stopped replacing dying trees removed along roadways. A county employee told me that this is a "temporary" budgetary issue, with a three-year (and counting) waiting list for trees that need replacing. At the same time, Howard County has opened the Robinson Nature Center (with indoor tree exhibits!) which cost almost $17 million to build. The loss of county trees will increase exponentially as the ash borers move through. Why can't we use county money for real tree replacement, instead of tree exhibits?
NEWS
August 12, 2011
I have been following the removal of downtown trees to make way for the Grand Prix with much interest. The entire incident saddens me as much as the removal of a huge number of trees in my community. A member of the board of directors in my development thinks trees are a bother because they get old and sick and die; then they have to be removed. How to deal with that mindset is baffling. I could not even get a return phone call from the representative for Randallstown who works in the Baltimore County Executive's office.
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