When Should You Plant Vines?

If you’re a novice gardener hoping to transform your backyard, it might be tricky to know which season is best for planting certain items. For any green-thumb hopefuls who want to add vines to their garden, check out our tips below on the best time of year for vine planting. Vines are pretty easy to… Read more »

Late Season Planting: Tips for Success

While many think that the planting season comes to a full halt in fall, it can actually be a great time to plant shrubs, trees and certain other plants. There are also a number of excellent benefits to late-year planting. November and even December can be great months to plant, as long as you follow… Read more »

For trees, winter is a marathon

October is here. Before long, some of us will be inundated with snow. All of us, however, will be inundated with colder temperatures, a harsher climate. We have to make sure that our plants and trees are prepared for the challenge, which is why October is a great (and necessary) time to water our green… Read more »

Plan accordingly when planting trees, part one

Although the best time for planting trees is late winter or early spring, many people plant trees in autumn. As we near the end of August, the temperature will begin to cool and our thoughts will focus on preparing our kids for back to school, the seemingly endless parade of holidays and doing last minute… Read more »

Urban forests, your community and you

We have discussed urban forests in previous posts. Not only is it a trendy topic, it is an all-important topic, as urban forests have the potential to completely revitalize decaying urban centers, all while reinvigorating our lust for life. If you have ever driven cross-country, especially through the Rust Belt and cities, you most likely… Read more »

Ethiopia Leads the Charge against Deforestation

Although the act of deforestation plagues just about every area of the world, the country of Ethiopia has decided to take a strong stand against it. In the past, the Ethiopian government has placed bans on deforestation, but that did nothing to stop people from illegally cutting down trees. Today, they have a new plan… Read more »

Are you celebrating Arbor Day?

Earlier this week, people from all corners of the puerile world celebrated Earth Day. Today is another eco-friendly day. Yes, it is the last Friday in April and that means one thing: Arbor Day! Arbor Day’s mission is a simple yet ambitious one: to celebrate trees, particularly by planting and nurturing them. Founded in 1972… Read more »

Where to Plant Trees to Save Energy

When planting trees, finding the right kind of tree and the right location for the tree is great for energy conservation. According to, “Planting Trees For Energy Conservation: The Right Tree in the Right Place” by Michael Kuhns, Extension Forestry Specialist with Utah State University, planting a tree can result in energy savings. Planted in… Read more »

Becoming a Tree City USA

Trees are not only a source of oxygen; they also offer beauty and distinction to the landscape in which they are rooted. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees add value to a home, regulate temperatures in neighborhoods and provide food for wildlife, in addition to having various other benefits. As a country, we have… Read more »

Bare root trees make great Christmas gifts

Think outside the box this holiday season and give a loved one a bare root tree!  Although we’re currently in the midst of winter, it’s never too early to think about what trees you’re going to plant come springtime.  At Cold Stream Farm, we believe preplanning is best.  The same holds true when gifting a… Read more »