How to collect or dispose of firewood and brush without compromising forest health.
Let’s get this out of the way….Plants and their ecosystems are amazing. To survive in so many environments with abundant or minimal resources without capabilities to migrate, plants are one of the most amazing organisms on the planet. Though research is abundant in above ground plant systems, below ground ecology is starting to show the vital importance that mycorrhizae, root grafts, and microbial action play in the health of individual plant and the surrounding ecosystems. A new research study found that a ‘dead’ stump, with no way for photosynthesis (i.e. leaves), was actually found to have a live and functioning vascular system (xylem and phloem). Yes, you read that correctly, but how in the world is this possible? The study found that sap flow is directly related to the surrounding tree, which indicates that mycorrhizae and/or natural root grafting via the underground ecosystem flows through the stump into the tree. [Read More…]
Biology: Purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) is a common winter annual broadleaf weed found throughout the US. It is closely related to another winter annual broadleaf, henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). Both have vibrant purple flowers that can been seen now in lawns, landscapes, and fields. To see more about henbit, refer to this article from last spring: https://www.purduelandscapereport.org//article/spotlight-on-weeds-henbit-lamium-amplexicaule/ Identification: Purple deadnettle is a winter annual meaning that it germinates in the fall, survives the winter as a small seedling, until spring when it flowers, develops seeds, and then dies when temperatures rise in late spring and early summer. Purple deadnettle blooms are mainly visible in April although you can find it blooming earlier and later depending on the area it is growing and the temperatures. Purple deadnettle is a member of the mint family and has a characteristic square stem. Purple deadnettle flowers are light purple in color and are small and tubular in[Read More…]