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Tom is back with a new tree.  Here’s his next entry in the Trees of Toad Valley.  If you’d like to check out all of the others, find them here. Author: Tom Brady Sweetgum, “Liquidamber Styraciflue” I first encountered Sweetgum in Harper’s Ferry National Park, West Virginia.  I was there to learn about John Brown’s […]

It’s been awhile since we had Tom the Tree Man provide us with an excerpt about a tree located on the golf course.  If you’d like to read others, check them out:  Sawtooth Oak, American Persimmon, Tulip Tree, and the Chinese Elm. Take it away, Tom! Author:  Tom Brady Larch, “Larix genus.” Rather than write […]

There are two ideal times of the year to deal with trees:  the spring and the fall.  This is because of how the tree protects itself.  In the height of summer, the tree has all of its branches filled with sap and nutrients.  As it prepares for the winter, it begins to concentrate its nutrients […]

Here’s is my dad back with another edition of the Trees of Toad Valley.  If you’d like to read others, check them out:  Sawtooth Oak, American Persimmon, and the Chinese Elm. Author:  Tom Brady As I have mentioned in the past, this is an article that originally appeared in the Iowa Woodland Owners Association newsletter titled […]

In 2011, we had a major overhaul to number two green.  It was in some serious need of drainage.  The east side of the green had all but died because of all the heavy rain we had in 2010 and the first part of 2011.  We basically dug up the east side of the green […]

Tom’s back with another Non-Native Tree found on the golf course.   To find out about other trees, click here or here. Author:  Tom Brady Persimmon Diospyros virginiana Persimmon is a deciduous tree with distinctive dark thick bark typically broken into small squarish blocks.  When young, the bark is lighter brown with pale fissures. The […]

If you want to see Jason and Ron dance around like giddy school girls, then you need to come out and watch them when they uncover the tarps that help to grow in the seed.  Last week, we had reseeded number three tee box.  The cool temperatures this spring were making it hard to grow […]

For those readers who have been waiting with baited breath for a Toad Valley post, I apologize for not posting last week.  My sweet mother-in-law passed away from this earth, so I took the week to reflect and support my husband and his family.  Since she was a lover of flowers, I thought I’d share […]

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