Deer often rub their antlers on trees for a variety of reasons—marking territory, removing felt from antlers, wooing does and removing antlers. Whatever the reason, rubbing can lead to a tree’s death.
Easy Solution: Skip expensive tree wraps and use plastic corrugated drainage pipe to make your own tree guard. Just cut the pipe to correct size, make a slit along one side and wrap it around the trunk.
Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says to clear the clutter off of your coffee table and use varying heights to make the surface a showpiece. She styled this tree trunk coffee table with a taller potted plant and a small stack of coffee table books.
If a tree with an otherwise smooth trunk suddenly starts sprouting little leafy shoots, that’s a sign the tree is under stress. Epicormics shoots—the leafy sprouts that grow from a tree trunk in little clusters—occur when trees aren’t doing well. It could be due to insects, diseases or environmental stresses like flooding. Some trees are more prone to producing epicormics shoots, so if these appear on a tree you own, do your homework.
In planning the interiors for this home, the designer wanted to give the spaces an organic, nature-inspired feel that would complement the cabin's woodsy setting. Here, pale green accents echo leaves and trees while tree-trunk prints decorate the wall above the bed.
The home's master bathroom takes a sophisticated approach to pampering with a white foundation accented by smart black trim. There are softer touches too: a reclaimed wood end table, an area rug and a delicious soaking tub.
This potted plant creates some height atop a rustic coffee table. Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says coffee table heights should correspond to seating heights, and with lower seating trending, her coffee table heights average 10-14 inches.
Large built-in cabinets provide lots of storage for this living room; the molding on the front adds an unusual graphic element. Touches like the wood coffee table and mantel bring a gentle rustic feel to the space.
This corner chair features sharp lines and a soft, velvet blue finish. The chocolate brown throw pillow echoes the dark coloring of the wood floor. A painted log stool adds a beautifully rough texture to the otherwise sleek decor. A tall silver floor lamp is equipped with a built-in glass tabletop.
Tree trunks can develop enlarged bumps or galls. Many things can cause a gall to form: bacteria, insects, fungi or some kind of injury. A tree can have one or many galls. Arborists find that trees with many galls typically have a shorter lifespan, but the presence of a gall isn’t a tremendous cause for alarm. If you’re pruning a tree with a gall, it’s wise to sterilize pruning tools after working on the tree in case the cause is a microorganism that can spread to other healthy trees.
When the angle between a branch and the tree trunk is less than 45 degrees, the branch doesn’t have great support on the trunk side. When pruning trees, prune to create scaffolded branches with angles to the trunk between 45 and 60 degrees.