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If you’re into trees as much as we are, this page is for you. To us, trees are home, a secure and comforting haven. When their leaves rustle, their bodies sway in the wind and their crowns cast wide shadows, it makes us smile. Here, you’ll find our musings on trees, tree facts and news, tree photos, tree videos and other thoughts focusing on our passion for our greatest natural resource. Join us in the shade.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Q&A

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Plant a tree the right way this spring! Check out questions from our social media followers to the left for our tree planting advice.

In honor of Arbor Day, Davey wants to help you plant a tree to last a lifetime. We asked our followers on social media to submit their tree planting questions using the hashtag #AskTheArborist. We’ve compiled all the questions with answers provided by our experts at the Davey Institute. Click here to view their responses. Happy planting!

If you're looking for more advice for planting new trees, contact your local, professionally trained Davey arborist for a free consultation.

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How to Mulch Your Landscape the Right Way

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Proper tree mulching (above) not only saves you time, money and resources but also helps protect your tree from diseases, pests, weeds, mechanical damage and more. The incorrect mulching technique, pictured below, can cause pest infestations, harbor infections and disease and cause other negative effects.

Adding mulch to your landscape can bring a rich accent to any flower bed or tree with many cost-efficient benefits—but you have to mulch correctly! Property owners, of both homes and businesses, benefit from proper mulching techniques, which add value to your property and money in your pocket. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts of mulching and you, too, can reap the benefits of a beautifully mulched landscape this season.

Mulching: What to do. Correct mulching involvesevenly dispersing mulch 2 to 3 inches deep around the base of the tree; the mulch should resemble the base of a wine glass. Extend the mulch circle all the way out to the tree’s drip line—allowing the water the tree collects to drip into the mulch and deliver nutrients to your trees. Proper mulching should mimic a natural setting for your tree.

Correct mulching benefits include:

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Countdown to National Arbor Day: A Journey Around Town for Arbor Day

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Davey's Albany residential tree services crew volunteered for two Arbor Day events last year. How #TREEmendous!

We’re excited for Arbor Day, are you? In preparation for National Arbor Day this Friday, we will post a story about TREE-ific Arbor Day events at which Davey crews have participated. Davey is passionate about volunteering for Arbor Day events leading up to the national holiday. Let’s take a look back to one of the TREE-mendous events that took place last year.

A Journey Around Town for Arbor Day:

A day full of activity is what Davey’s Albany residential tree services crew volunteered to tackle on Arbor Day last year when employees attended two different events to give back to the community.

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GreenTown at Kent Spreads #TreeLove

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Trees provide habitat for wildlife. #TreeBenefits

Last week, public and private sectors from around Ohio visited Kent, the location of Davey's corporate headquarters, for GreenTown--a conference supporting healthy, sustainable communities. Davey, a corporate sponsor, was involved in several capacities to highlight the benefits of trees. During the conference, Davey employees encouraged attendees to get their photo taken at the Davey photo booth to highlight why they love trees. The team made several props available to better explain the tree benefits being shared, including: trees reduce stress; trees provide habitat for wildlife; etc. Davey posted several photos to its Twitter account. Thanks to all attendees who participated, Davey also made a donation to support the Dan Smith Community Park in Kent, Ohio.

Check out the photo gallery below for more tree benefit photos! To view all GreenTown at Kent photos from Davey, visit The Davey Tree Expert Company on Facebook.

For more information about GreenTown and the presentations Davey employees shared with conference attendees, check out the GreenTown at Kent website.

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How to Transplant a Tree: What to Do and What Not To Do

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Before you begin transplanting your tree, know how to apply the proper prep work to help the tree survive in its new location.

Trees root into the earth, but that doesn’t mean they are impossible to remove from the ground and transport to a new home. You love your trees, but sometimes they’re better suited for locations elsewhere. Perhaps they’ve out-grown the space in which they’re rooted, or, maybe you plan to move somewhere new but wish to bring that special tree along with you.

Regardless of the tree you’re moving and the space to which you plant transport it, there are several guidelines to follow for the safe and proper transplanting of trees:

1. There and good and not-so-ideal times of the year to transplant trees. “The best time to transplant a tree is when it’s dormant and the ground conditions are ‘just right,’” says Rick Hanshaw, manager of the Davey Nursery in Wooster, Ohio. “These conditions typically occur in spring and fall, before frost develops in the soil. You just don’t want to transplant a tree when its canopy is full expressed.”

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Tune Into Spring Tree Advice for Homeowners

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Tune into St. Louis' KTRS NewsRadio 550 station this spring, summer and fall for tree care tips from Davey district managers. You can also listen to the clips at

The sun is shining and the trees are budding! Davey is on the air to talk trees this spring season. Davey is proud to appear on St. Louis’ KTRS, NewsRadio 550 station this spring, summer and fall. Each Saturday afternoon, one of our local district managers will discuss several tree and landscape topics—some of which we will feature on the Davey blog!

Davey Tree Arborist on the Air: Last week, Greg Wilson, district manager of Davey’s West St. Louis residential tree care services, discussed tree care tips for weathered winter trees with radio hosts Jim McMillan and John Shea of the “Inside Out” show. The following script is based on Wilson’s interview.

KTRS: What are most of your calls right now? What are you seeing in St. Louis that needs to be inspected?

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Countdown to National Arbor Day: Kids Get the Feel for Arbor Day

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Trimmer Justin Madsen applies a temporary tattoo to a participant of RPU's Arbor Day celebration.

We’re excited for Arbor Day, are you? In preparation for National Arbor Day—celebrated on the last Friday in April—we will post a story about TREE-ific Arbor Day events at which Davey crews have participated. You can look forward to reading a new Arbor Day blog post each week this month!  Davey is passionate about volunteering for Arbor Day events leading up to the national holiday. Let’s take a look back to one of the TREE-mendous events that took place last year.

Kids Get the Feel for Arbor Day

Recognizing the importance of trees with the community is just one of the reasons Maier Tree & Lawn celebrates Arbor Day annually. In 2014, the company continued its tradition of participating in Rochester Public Utilities’ (RPU) Arbor Day celebration for the 12th consecutive year.

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How to Mulch to Save Water in 5 Steps

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Not only does mulch add visual appeal to your landscape, but it can also help conserve moisture in the soil.

“Water is the driving force of all nature,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci. Years later, the same remains true. Crisp water allows our yards, flowers and trees to flourish. Yet in 2014, drought affected 40 percent of the country, particularly California, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. With another growing season ahead, gardeners from coast to coast are asking, “How can I save water in my yard and garden?” Luckily, one of the most effective ways to save water in your garden is also the easiest: mulching. Mulch also suppresses weeds and looks beautiful.

Learn how to mulch to save water in five easy steps from Shawn Fitzgerald, ISA certified arborist and technical advisor at Davey Tree.

1. Choose the right mulch. To save water in the garden, use organic mulch because it breaks down and conditions the soil. Non-organic mulches remain on the surface and block water and air, meaning you may have to remove them later.

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