Tree diseases finally addressed in new practical guidebook

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Professional urban forester and arborist Michael Allen shares his experience and expertise in ‘Dr. Tree’s Guide to the Common Diseases of Urban Prairie Trees’

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From consulting urban forester Michael Allen comes a brand new picture book that addresses hundreds of questions about tree diseases. “Dr. Tree’s Guide to the Common Diseases of Urban Prairie Trees” is a non-fiction book that relates to the prairie regions of North America. Its overall topic is how to use the guide to determine what disease is present in one’s tree and how to deal with it accordingly.

Tree diseases destroy millions of dollars’ worth of valuable trees and shrubs, and despoil landscapes everywhere. Since there is hardly any reference or guide book available for the ordinary layperson, Allen that publishing his expertise would help save people a lot of headaches and a lot of money. Hence, he published this practical guide to help thousands of homeowners, businesses and government agencies address tree diseases.

“Dr. Tree’s Guide to the Common Diseases of Urban Prairie Trees” is an illustrated guide that allows people to look at their tree problem to determine if it is caused by a disease. If they have an ash tree for example – in the southern Canadian and northern American prairies – the most common and frequently occurring tree diseases will be shown pictorially in the book. With this, Allen hopes to effectively share his knowledge with everyone.

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About the Author
Michael Allen has been a professional urban forester and arborist for 43 years. He specialized in diseases and pests of trees and woody shrubs. He has given hundreds of courses to the lay public about common tree problems and tree care. He was also a university lecturer for two years at the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Toronto. He has a B.Sc.F. degree in general forestry, a M.Sc.F. degree in urban and environmental forestry – both from the University of Toronto

Allen spent two years as a forest conservation officer, game warden and educator (in forest and wildlife resources) in Nigeria. He worked with South Korean farmers in developing maple tree plantations; have been a consultant in his field in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and for limited times in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. His hobbies include reading, travelling and learning about trees of the world. He is 67 years old, married to his lovely wife, Susan, and has one son. He is originally born in England but then came to live in Canada at age six.

Dr. Tree’s Guide to the Common Diseases of Urban Prairie Trees * by Michael Allen
Publication Date: 5/30/2014
Picture Book; $71.99; 144 pages; 978-1-4931-5132-5
Picture Book Hardcover; $81.99; 144 pages; 978-1-4931-5133-2
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5134-9

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