Roots, Shoots and Suckers

Keith Anderson

Roots, Shoots and Suckers

Certified arborist since 1988, Keith Anderson is the executive director of the Prairie Chapter of the International Society of Arborculture. Now retired from employment with the City of North Battleford, as Parks and Recreation Director Anderson has been responsible for the planting of thousands of trees in the North Saskatchewan River Valley area. Anderson says, "The Battlefords is now the home of the Prairie Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. We should be the hotbed of accurate tree care information and the home of excellent tree care and pruning practices."

  • Utility line clearing – The problems and solutions

    The Problem Tree planters through the ages, whether they are commercial landscapers, urban foresters, or homeowners, have and continue to plant trees where eventually they will be in conflict and. . .

    Keith AndersonNovember 16, 2019

  • Planting trees and shrubs

    Hey all you happy gardeners out there, don't let that spring smile turn upside down and turn into a frown because your tree died over the winter. Make sure when you are buying trees and shrubs . . .

    Keith AndersonJune 6, 2018

  • Trees don’t commit crimes, people do

    In the last few years, the City of North Battleford implemented a community safety initiative in an effort to reduce crime and change the perception of the city’s reputation of having a higher . . .

    Keith AndersonMay 29, 2018

  • Pruning, shrub attrition reduce buffer strip effectiveness

    Further to a previous article regarding urban forestry, it’s important to understand the many reasons the planting and caring for trees in cities and towns is important. Here’s what Tree Canada . . .

    Keith AndersonMay 22, 2018

  • Tree removal rates have escalated

    The City of North Battleford has had a reputation as being a green city on the prairies for several decades. Thanks to the foresight of some past politicians and administrators, along with some . . .

    Keith AndersonMay 8, 2018

  • Aunt Lindy’s guide to utility tree pruning

    Aargh, they’re baa-aack. The Utility Tree pruners (Whackers) are clearing the lines again. You know, on Facebook they use a lot of abbreviations (because kids nowadays are way too busy to write) . . .

    May 29, 2017

  • Merde sur un baton

    Even bad things sound better if you say them in French. In fact sometimes just the sound of it, said in the language of love, almost makes you wish you had some. In Latin it becomes irresistible. . . .

    Keith AndersonApril 15, 2017

  • The scientific side of leaves changing colour

    There are a few factors that influence leaves to change colour in the fall. The growth habit of trees, length of available daylight, colour, pigments in the leaves, leaf types and the influence of . . .

    Keith AndersonSeptember 28, 2016

  • Froze my ash off, how about you?

    On the prairies, it’s possible to freeze your ash in May. It happened again this year. The newest tender growth that was just unfolding from the buds was hit with a few degrees of frost May 12 . . .

    Keith AndersonMay 31, 2016

  • Sometimes you just have to tickle the roots

    I hope World Naked Gardening Day met all your expectations. In the last article I wrote about proper planting. However there is something else you need to know if you are buying trees and shrubs . . .

    Keith AndersonMay 19, 2016

  • May 7 is World Naked Gardening Day

    I just wanted to attract your attention to this amazing column of information. I’ve actually never celebrated the day and probably won’t ever. If you’re anything like me, you may not be worth quite. . .

    Keith AndersonMay 5, 2016

  • Dutch Elm disease – What’s the big deal?

    A large number of prairie towns and cities have urban forests that are made up of street or boulevard trees and park trees. What distinguishes an urban forest from a forest, is that an urban forest. . .

    Keith AndersonAugust 16, 2015

  • Drought on the landscape

    The Battlefords area, like many other areas, is experiencing what I would consider extreme drought conditions. It’s so dry, the dogs are marking their territory with chalk. Even the fish are . . .

    Keith AndersonJuly 15, 2015

  • Black Knot Disease on Schubert and other chokecherry trees

    You’ve all seen it. You’ve all exclaimed, “Woah! That looks like …t! “So what is it? How did it get there? The good thing about a tree disease is that a tree disease does not affect all types of . . .

    Keith AndersonJanuary 30, 2015

  • What happened to the poplars in the river valley?

    Fall colour on the Prairies can be brief. If you throw in the right environmental conditions it can be shorter than brief. This year, the Balsam Poplar in the river valley kind of turned a sickly dried out looking green that gave way to kind of brown

    By Keith AndersonSeptember 30, 2014

  • Battlefords home to aboriculture organization

    The Battlefords recently became home to the prairie chapter office of the International Society of Arboriculture. Worldwide, there are over 20,000 members. The prairie chapter, which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, has about 350 members.

    By Keith AndersonSeptember 9, 2014