Best Management Practices


Click on the following links to keep up-to-date with current best management practices and informative articles and publications by experts in the field.

Tree Care Resources from the Georgia Forestry CommissionGFC logo

Homeowners and community tree care staff can use these resources to identify tree problems and solutions and conduct basic tree maintenance. Particular situations may require an inspection by a trained certified arborist to be sure about risk related to structural health of your trees.

Green Infrastructure – A Move Toward Sustainability

This excellent article by Terri L. Turner, AICP, CFM  proves how green infrastructure provides long-term sustainable benefits.

The Road to  a Thoughful Street Tree Master Plan

This exciting, new publication was co-authored by Ken Simons, a landscape architect, and Gary Johnson, a professor of urban forestry, as a primer and gude of sorts for communities that have the opportunity to develop or change, yet may not have the expertise or background to it effectively.  Written as a very pragmatic guide to selecting and placing trees in streetscapes, it emphasizes not only the architectural nature of street tree design, but it goes to great lenghts to help the user create an extensive list of credentials that the trees must have to fulfill the design.  Also available as a webcast.

Impact of Mulches on Landscape Plants and the Environment- A Review

If you don’t think mulching is important for urban trees, you need to review this excellent review of scientific literture that demonstrates the amazing benefits mulching around new planted and existing urban trees.   A must read for all arborists, landscape architects, and urban foresters.   Written and compiled by Linda Chalker-Scott of Washington State University.


UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

– Community Forestry

Extensive publications library about community forestry.  Many articles on tree biology and how trees react to construction, pruning, drought, compaction, and more.  Also contains articles on topics like tree values and tree benefits.


Urban Stormwater BMP Performance Tool
This Urban Stormwater BMP Performance Tool has been developed to provide stormwater professionals with easy access to approximately 220 studies assessing the performance of over 275 BMPs.

Urban Forestry South Expo

Research, presentations, and papers having to do with urban forestry in the southeast.  Topics include inventorying, canopy studies, emerald ash borer control, master gardener modules, carbon credits, tree failure, surveys, and much more.


Drought and Landscape Plants by Bruce Fraedrich, Ph.D.

Discusses plant health care in drought and the uses and effectiveness of mulching, irrigation, fertilization, proper pruning, and integrated pest management.   Also discusses symptoms of plants suffering from drought.

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