What is an arborist?
- What a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan calls herself/ himself.
- A person who has received extensive training in all aspects of tree care.
- As opposed to your borist.
Tree topping is:
- A type of syrup that forest-industry workers prefer on their ice cream.
- An incorrect way to reduce a tree’s height, one which leads to a very weak and hazardous tree.
- A blend of mud and aquatic plant roots that beavers smear on a tree before they start gnawing.
What is drop-crotch pruning?
- We don’t want to discuss that kind of thing here.
- The correct way to reduce the height of deciduous trees, also known as crown reduction.
- A way to modify normal-looking pants to conform to a particular fashion style.
Before planting a tree, what is the best material to add to the soil in the planting hole?
- In most cases, nothing.
- An arborist.
What is tree wound dressing?
- A natural fermented product derived from tree wound exudate, sometimes used in salad dressing.
- A compound once employed to seal over tree wounds but whose use is now discouraged.
- A cloth used to cover a tree wound to keep it clean and warm.
The best thing to fill a tree cavity with is:
- Reinforcing rods, old water pipes or scrap metal, followed by concrete.
- Dental amalgam.
How deep should a tree be planted?
- The deeper the better.
- So its root flare is right at ground level.
- Depends on how many arborists you throw in the planting hole.
The root system of a mature tree, in profile, is shaped most like:
- A carrot.
- A plate.
- It mirrors the crown in size and shape.
What are tree guys?
- The ones wearing hardhats and carrying chainsaws, duh.
- Wires or cables to temporarily support young transplants subject to high wind.
- You mean tree persons, don’t you?
What is an underwire tree?
- A Bonsai tree with an armature of wire embedded in the trunk.
- A short-maturing tree species or cultivar that can grow under utility wires without interfering.
- A tree bearing large, voluptuous fruit that require extra support.
Answer Key: “2” is the correct answer for all questions. For further explanation of these issues contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or email email@example.com.
Paul Hetzler is a horticulture and natural resources educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County.