Backyard Tree Care

From tree selection and planting to pruning guidelines, this section covers everything you need to know to take care of your backyard trees.

Basic Pruning Guidelines Brochure

Learn when and how to prune your Missouri landscape trees.

Care of Newly Planted Trees

Practice these simple maintenance tips to ensure well-established, healthy Missouri trees.

Christmas Tree Care

Picking the right holiday tree and caring for it properly can ensure a safer, longer-lasting tree. These simple steps show you how.

Don't Top Your Tree

When a tree is in the wrong place, removing it completely is the best option. This brief, illustrated brochure shows how topped trees and lead to danger and property damage.

How Old is That Tree?

Use this simple formula to estimate the age of your Missouri trees.

How to Hire an Arborist

You spent a lot of time and money on your home landscape. Find and hire a trained arborist to protect your investment and your trees' health.

How to Plant a Tree

This brief, illustrated brochure helps you select the right kind of tree for your Missouri location, then determine planting depth, dig the right hole shape and size, back fill, water and mulch.

Ice-Melter Damage

Learn how to treat salt-damaged trees and soil, and protect your plants where ice melters are used.

Live Christmas Trees

After serving as a Christmas tree, a live Missouri evergreen can be planted outside to landscape your yard. All it takes is a little planning.

Missouri Urban Trees Booklet

This full-color, 60-page booklet in helps you choose the best trees for your growing situations, plant them in the right places and care for them over time. It includes lists of species for Missouri, including alternatives to ash trees, which are vulnerable to the emerald ash borer.

Mulch — Your Tree's Best Friend

Mulch helps provide the tree nutrients and keeps soil temperatures low, protecting its root system.

Purchasing Trees

Browse tips for purchasing and transporting high-quality Missouri trees from reputable sources.

Right Tree in the Right Place

This brief publication helps you determine where and how to plant trees on your Missouri property.

Screens for Small Yards

This four-page, two-color pamphlet shows you how to screen a small yard with Missouri's evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.

Tree Care After Storms

When storms damage trees, cleanup and recovery can be bewildering. Download some tips to will help you make the right decisions for your trees.

Tree Growth Chart

Browse info about the needs and cultural requirements for Missouri evergreens, shrubs and deciduous trees.

Tree-Maintenance Timetable

This brief, illustrated guide shows you when to water, mulch, pest-monitor, fertilize, stake and prune your Missouri trees.

Watering Shade Trees

Proper watering keeps your Missouri shade trees healthy for life. Text, illustrations and video show you how.