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The Race is on to Tree Care Industry Expo

 

TCI EXPO 2013 with datesIt's time to put the pedal to the metal and head out to Charlotte, NC for the 2013 TCI Expo, put onby TCIA. The world's largest tree care show and conference is just about set at the starting line with educational sessions, demontrations and equipment manufacturer displays that are dedicated to the advancement of the tree care industry!

Join @CoronaTools and our guest host, the TCIA , @VoiceofTreeCare for a great Q&A discussion on the upcoming conference to be held in Charlotte, November 14-16, 2103. The live chat begins 10/29/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Education Sessions: Business, Safety & Arboriculture -  Hear about the very comprehensive offering with some earning CEUs

TCI Expo Welcome Reception:  At the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year with @HollywoodJeff keynote

75th TCIA Museum: Learn about TCIA & industry history at this one of a kind museum

TCIA Membership: Save at the TCIEXPO - from registration to product discounts!

New Regional Outreach Coordinators:  Meet the new team that has been hard at work to build our community throughout the country

Lotsgoing on this year that you do not want to miss so come join us!  It's easy to join the conversation on our Twubs treechat. Even if you aren't on Twitter you can still see the conversation and click on the links and resources.  If you do miss the chat, you can still access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great event and we look forward to sharing with you on the live #treechat!

Partners in Community Forestry Conference on Treechat

 

describe the imageThere are a lot of benefits to trees in urban landscapes.  They increase property value, reduce crime, provide shade and reduce energy costs.  With so many benefits, it makes you wonder why we don't have more urban forests that we would all benefit from.  It's just one of the topics that will be discussed at the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference.

Join @CoronaTools and our guest host, the Arbor Day Foundation, @ArborDay for a great Q&A discussion on the upcoming conference to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-7, 2103. The live chat begins 9/10/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Conference Overview - Learn about the Partners in Community Forestry coming together to further advance urban forestry

Attending the Conference - A look at who attends and the event each year

Confernce Presentations - Review keynote presentations and topics that will be covered during the conference

Conference Highlights - Among the great presentations and tours on tap, check some of the hightlights in-store for attendees

Event Tweetup - Get the latest info on the special #landscapechat tweetup on 11/6 to bring the event to our community

PCF on Corona Tools If you are actively involved in the developing, planting or maintaing urban trees you should definitely check out this conference.  It's easy to join the conversation on our Twubs treechat.  Even if you aren't on Twitter you can still see the conversation and click on the links and resources.

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat!



Phytophthora - Coming to Trees Near You?

 

cherry tree crown PhytophthoraHealthy, mature trees provide many benefits to residential and public spaces, season after season. They provide summer shade, fall color to your landscape and improve your property’s value. Now imagine your landscape with a beautiful tree, that seemingly overnight, turns into the one you see pictured here.

Phytophthora can wreck havoc on a tree and without detection and treatment can lead to your beloved tree’s demise.  This week on #treechat, Jason Miller aka @DendriticCare, will join us and share a bit about this serious soil-borne disease. As a Registered Consulting Arborist and ISA board-certified master arborist, Jason takes a look at the disease and its affect on trees.  From detection to treatment, he’ll help shed some light on this growing problem affecting healthy trees.

The live chat begins 8/13/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together each week with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Detection – understand the signs a tree has been affected with Phytophthora

Prevention – review the steps homeowners and property managers can take to help prevent infection

Treatment – learn about effective treatment plans and options

Bring your questions and chat with the tree expert to help protect your trees health!

Participating on Treechat

Joining treechat is easy for anyone on Twitter to join! Just follow the conversation over and tweet from our new Twubs #treechat. Come share with us on this great topic and we look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! If you miss the live chat, you can still access the transcript on Corona Tools' Storify. It will be posted following the chat and includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion so you don't miss a thing!

Already have questions about the topic? Share with us in the comments below then join us for the live chat!

Image of cherry tree infected with Phytophthora courtesy of Jason Miller, Tree Resolutions

 

 

Future of Arboriculture in the Green Age on #treechat

 

solartreedesign 1Have you ever noticed when you see those artist renderings of the future, everything is pretty and green, the sky is blue and it just gives the feeling of Utopia? Well, as you look outside your window, reality often paints a different picture off smog filled skies, drought-sticken vegitation, weird weather patterns and climatic changes.  Humans still generate more carbon than the atmoshere can handle.

For tree care professionals, there is a balance between planting and caring for trees that help the environment while still being green in the process.  This week on #treechat, Nicholas Crawford aka @BullMeister, studied and practicing arborist, will be painting the picture of what arboritculture may look like in the future.  Everything from tools, pest management to recycling debris, he'll open his chystal ball and share his views on this relevant topic.

The live chat begins 8/6/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together each week with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Future of Arborist Tools - Discover what Nicholas sees as the arborist tools of the future to help "green" the industry and environment

Controlling Pest - Chemicals and organic solutions, learn what pest management may look like in the future

Debris Disposal - Discuss ways of recycling tree debris in the green environment

Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas and join Nicholas for his introspective look at the future of arboriculture in the green era!

Participating on Treechat

Joining treechat is easy for anyone on Twitter to join!  Just follow the conversation over and tweet from our new Twubs #treechat.

Come share with us on this great topic and we look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! If you miss the live chat, you can still access the transscript on Corona Tools' Storify. It will be posted following the chat and includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion so you don't miss a thing!

Already have an opinion about the topic? Tell us what you think in the comments below then join us for the live chat!

Podcasting for Tree Care and Green Industry on #treechat

 

podcast iconOn this week’s #treechat we are gearing up for what looks like an exciting chat topic. We’re getting social this week for #SocialTuesday with an otherwise overlooked opportunity in digital media.  As a business owner or professional organization in tree care or green industry, it’s getting harder to get someone’s attention.  It’s like you’re trying to get your message out there and your audience is a moving target. They’re busy and constantly on the go.  There’s email and social networks to help amplify your voice but you have to hope they hear you. What if, your audience sought YOU out?  And wanted to listen to your message?

Podcasting is hardly a new form of digital media but this form of communication is still in its infancy!  It's set to take off as the most accessed communications tool in 2014.   We’ll be discussing podcasting with our guest host, Chris VanCleave aka @RedneckRosarian, moderator and host of #rosechat  and Rose Chat Radio on Blog Talk Radio Network.  The live chat begins 7/16/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

  • Podcasting 101 – learn some of basics for getting started and why you should
  • Tools of the Trade – understand what are the tools and resources you will need to create a successful podcast
  • Building Your Audience – if you make it doesn’t mean they will come…gain some insight into growing your subscriber’s list
  • Podcast Dos & Don’ts  - discover what works and what doesn’t before planning out your podcast
  • Win Podcast Help – ready to get started but not sure where to start?  Why not ask the expert during the chat?  Chris also offered to consult with the most active participant during the chat!

Participating on Treechat

PodcastWithHeadPhones 273x300If you’ve ever thought about doing podcasting and never knew where to start, this is a great opportunity to learn more from an expert!  Just follow the conversation over and tweet from our new Twubs #treechat. Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! We hope you will join us for the live chat, however if you do miss it, you can still access on Corona Tools' Storify. It will be posted following the chat and includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion so you don't miss a thing!

Who knows, after sitting in on the chat you may be inspired to start your own podcast channel.  And start reaching your audience and customers virtually anywhere any where they go.  On the computer, on smart devices, or in their car…it’s like having YOU on demand 24/7! Do you have an opinion already about the topic? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Cork Oak Trees on #treechat

 

How many times have you been out for a nice dinner, ordered a bottle of wine, your sommelier brings it to your table, removes the cork and offers it to you to sniff for your selection approval…? It’s an important step in the “wining and dining experience” but do you ever put much thought into the cork itself? Where it comes from? How its cultivated or its many uses?

photo (5)Cork is an amazing organic product that comes from Cork Oak Trees. It has many uses and it’s our topic on this week’s #treechat. Join @CoronaTools and our guest host, @CristinaGardens, Cristina da Silva, of therealgardener.com and #groundchat moderator. The live chat begins 7/9/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Cork History – discover how this simple product has been used for thousands of years

Cork Tree Botany – learn about the characteristics of the Cork Oak Tree, climate and regions where they are grown

Cork Tree Ecosytem – understanding cork tree’s role in the ecosystem

Cork Harvesting – learn about how this sustainable product is harvested

Products, challenges facing cork trees and more!

Participating on Treechat

This is a great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating product and trees which have been used for generations! Just jump onto Twitter and search for #treechat. Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat!

We hope you will join us for the live chat, however if you do miss it, you can still access on Corona Tool's Storify. It will be posted following the chat and includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion so you don't miss a thing!

And who knows, after sitting in on the chat if someone ever tells you to stick a cork in it, you can share some wonderful and knowledgeable facts about corks!!! Do you have an opinion already about the topic? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Photo taken near Evora, Alentejo,  Portugal. April 2013 by Cristina da Silva

 

Biological Control: Nature’s Pest Solution for Gardens and Landscapes

 

corona tools treechatHow many times have you seen pests feeding on your trees, veggies or shrubs and think what’s the quickest way to deal with them?  Do you run to your local garden center for a magical pesticide that promises to help rid you of your new-found pest?

Well believe it or not, long before the invention of those solutions, nature had its own way of dealing with pest control in the form of the good old fashioned food chain.  Or a more technical term, biologic control (BC), where it’s survival of the fittest!

Practical Uses for Biological Control

Join @CoronaTools and our guest host, @BartlettTreeExperts, Don Booth Ph.D. and entomologist, for another great topic on #treechat.  Don will be stepping out of the research lab to share some practical uses and tips for managing pests in landscapes and gardens. The live chat begins 6/11/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include; 

Practical Uses - Discover how biological control can be an effective method for managing tree damaging pests

Planning and Integration - Learning how to identify & protect naturally occurring biological control species and releasing commercially available beneficial predators & parasites

Nature's Method - Exploring plant diversity & reduced use of pesticides to increase populations of naturally occurring biological control

Integrated Pest Management - Discussing how regular pest management visits on a property is a proven method of improving biological control

Participating on Treechat

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Have questions about practical uses for biological control? Ask Don before the live chat so he can provide you with the information and resources during the live chat. If you would like to submit a question before the chat, please leave it in the comments below or tweet it to @Coronatools prior the live chat. He will also be available to answer your questions during the live event are always encouraged.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about biological control in your gardens and landscapes and connect one-on-one with the experts.  We hope you will join us however if you do miss the chat, you can still access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat. The transcript includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! Have an opinion already about the topic?  Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Beetle feeding on gypsy moth photo courtesy of Bartlett Tree Experts

Selecting, Planting and Caring for Urban Trees on #treechat

 
corona tools urban tree

When I visited New York City for the first time I remember thinking how much I missed green spaces and trees. Everywhere you looked, with the exception of Central Park, seemed to be void of anything green. Just concrete, asphalt and brick…It made me appreciate the open spaces and green that abounds (in comparison) in Southern California.  How do people live without trees???

Well, I must have missed the forest for the trees since NYC was recently named as one of the 10 Best Cities for Urban Forests among 50 of the most populous cities by American Forests.  Urban trees provide many benefits to the community which is what we will be discussing on the 6/4 #treechat.

Join @CoronaTools and our guest host, GIE Media's Nursery Management, @NurseryMag for a great Q&A discussion on urban trees.  The live chat begins 6/4/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Tree Selection – selecting the right tree for the right spot that will flourish in harsh urban settings

Planting in Urban Settings – helping a tree thrive in a difficult urban setting poses real challenges and begins with proper planting

Urban Tree Care – understanding proper tree care techniques that will help the tree survive in the urban setting

corona tools treechatWe’ll also have time at the end of the discussion for questions with our expert at Nursery Manangement as well as your questions during the live event are always encouraged . If you would like to submit a question before the chat, please leave it in the comments below or tweet it to @Coronatools prior the live chat. 

This is a great opportunity to learn more about urban trees in your community and connect with those out there improving our public spaces, one urban tree at a time.  We hope you will join us however if you do miss the chat, you can still access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat!

Email Marketing for Tree Care & Landscape Pros on #treechat

 

corona tools newsletterToo often you hear people say email is so out dated. People don’t email or call these days…they communicate via text or on Facebook. So why waste time on boring old email? Well…in short, it’s where the money is! If you think email marketing is dead, then you can’t miss #SocialTuesday live on #treechat!

The live chat begins 5/21/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter with Corona as this week's host and moderator. Join @Coronatools and other industry experts each week discussing all things related to trees and tree care since 2010!

Key Topic Takeaways

  • Email is your golden ticket – a discussion on why email marketing is vital for businesses and organizations
  • Developing Your Strategy – understanding your goals, scheduling your content and setting your expectations
  • Getting Started – building and managing your email database to grow with your business and delivering targeted email campaigns your readers want
  • registerAchieving Email Nirvana – open rates are great but the call-to- action is what keeps your pocket lined with green
  • Email Formatting – email is never one size fits all, more readers are seeing your emails on mobile device and presentation matters

Email marketing is by far the single most important tool in your marketing tool shed so come join in the conversation on this great topic. Whether you are; a business owner, contractor, committee organizer, or community leader, email should have a place in your marketing strategy.

Don’t miss this special #SocialTuesday chat! If you can’t make the live chat you’ll find a recap of all the links and shares on Corona Tools Storify!  NOTE:  Storify did not register the final 25 mins of this chat...!  Here is a link to the complete chat from Twitter 

Grow A Sequoia in Your Living Room? It's Bonsai on #Treechat

 
bonsai1Ever thought about how great it would be to grow a Sequoia tree in your living room??? Okay, sounds impossible, right? But not when it’s a bonsai tree. Even a tree like a California Redwood can be grown in the smallest of spaces using the time-honored techniques of bonsai, developed centuries ago in China. Join us as we explore this ancient art form on this week’s treechat,  

The live chat begins at 5/7/13 at 11AM PST with guest host, Ron Elardo, Ph.D. @Whadyacallit. Ron is an author, editor for American Conifer Society's Conifer Quarterly and has been practicing the art of bonsai for 6 years at Hidden Lake Gardens in Michigan. Join @Coronatools and other industry experts each week at 11AM PST via Twitter for #treechat. Discussing all things related to trees and tree care since 2010!

Topic highlights in covered during this week’s chat includes;

  • Plant Selection – what you need to know and look for when making a selection for bonsai
  • Materials and Tools – a look at the materials used and tools used to maintain their shape 
  • Planting – understanding what goes into planting and tips for success
  • Pruning and Shaping – understand the fundamentals shaping and pruning your bonsai 
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – a healthy bonsai includes regular IPM schedule
  • Watering and General Care – learn about general care and maintenance tips 
  • Overwintering Your Bonsai – what you need to know about to successfully overwinter your bonsai

Corona curved snipsRon has lots of great tips and information in store so you won't want to miss it. You can also submit questions to him before the chat so he can cover it during the live session. Just post your question in the comments here or tweet it to @Whadyacallit by 5/7/13, 12N PST.

During the chat we encourage participants to ask questions, learn about bonsai and also grow their own. To help inspire you, Corona is giving away a pair of curved snips to help make cuts in small spaces. All you need to do is win is tweet during the chat and ask questions. The most engaged participant during the live chat wins and will be announced on 5/8 at 8AM PST.

What if you miss the live session? You can access the #treechat Storify 24/7 that will be posted following the chat with all the information and links we discussed. 

Come share with us on this great topic and discussion! See you on the chat!

bonsai image courtesy of Ron Elardo
Corona curved snips image ©Corona Clipper
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