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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.

The Real Truth About Emerald Ash Borer

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Do you know the signs of an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation? The galleries pictured above indicate EAB damage to the trunk of an ash tree.

In the world of pests, emerald ash borer (EAB) is certainly the “buzz” in several regions of the U.S. and Canada this year—but its capabilities are old news.

From Baltimore and Connecticut, to St. Louis and Boulder, the lean, mean, green-eating machine continues to establish its presence in communities that now face situations requiring them to make decisions about their ash trees. Yet, as scientists continue to research the best solutions to conquer EAB, the ash tree species continues to decline in the pest’s path.

So, what does this mean to you?

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Why Should You Hire a Certified Arborist?

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Certified arborists know your trees best. Choose an arborist you can trust with your tree care needs.

We are fast approaching the changing of the seasons, which can add stress to your trees. For example, if you experienced a drought-stricken summer and are expecting a hard, frigid winter, your trees may not be able to handle those weather extremes without proper care. A certified arborist can check your trees for existing damage and prepare them for the transition from summer to fall.

Davey’s professionally trained arborists know what you need to keep your trees growing strong, healthy and safe. Read below for more reasons why you should consider hiring a certified arborist from Greg Wilson, district manager of Davey’s West St. Louis residential tree services, on KTRS News and Talk Radio. Wilson joins Jim McMillan and John Shea for their Saturday morning “Inside Out” show 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly. 

JM: When I was reading your “Technical Bulletin,” it dawned on me how many things are stacked against our trees and shrubs. When you figure soil condition, the different fungus diseases and the different insects we have, it’s a wonder that anything can grow here.

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Davey Helps Trees Give Back to the Environment

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The vegetable garden at the Sacramento River Discovery Center receives donated wood chips from Davey’s PG&E North Shasta crew.

Why fertilize? Because it helps promote healthy growth for the benefit of your trees, shrubs and lawns. In fact, fall is the perfect time for tree fertilization because your trees need replenished after losing many nutrients in the heat of summer.

It’s important for soils to retain nutrients all year long. It’s the natural components of the earth and other natural materials that help your green assets survive throughout the year and thrive in the growing season. That’s why the Sacramento River Discovery Center is so grateful for the wood chips donation one Davey crew has delivered to its property for several years.

Naturally nutritious. Trees don’t have to be living for some of their benefits to exist. In fact, one particular gardener from California has discovered trees give back to the environment, even after their roots have been lifted from the earth below.    

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What You Should be Thinking When Planting a Tree

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Do you know what you should consider when planting a tree this fall?

Summer is winding down. Can you believe it?

For some regions, the high temperatures many of us typically expect to experience in July and August rarely made appearances this season. Yet, it’s already time to start thinking about fall planting, as temperatures will only continue to gradually decrease.

Now that it’s nearly one of the best times of the year to plant a tree, it’s important to know how and why you should plant the right tree in the right place.

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From Saving Trees to Rescuing Animals, Part 2

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Candy and Steve Ridlbauer, Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education Center, attempt to net and cage a bald eagle Davey employees helped rescue to transport it to the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for medical attention.

Sometimes, our furry friends scamper into precarious situations—or suffer from poor environmental conditions—and require our attention.

Yesterday, we shared a few stories about Davey crews that have helped return pets to their homes or wild animals to safer habitats. Read below for more of our animal rescue stories!

A 120-foot Chase: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Branching Out: From Saving Trees to Rescuing Animals

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Thanks to Dan Powell, Davey's Naples, Florida, district manager, this owlet reunited with its mother.

We love the dogs, cats and birds we welcome to our homes and consider members of our own families. And it’s important we help protect the wildlife inhabiting our parks, forests and communities, too. But sometimes, our furry friends scamper into precarious situations—or suffer from poor environmental conditions—and require our attention.

Davey crews from coast to coast have helped return several cats, owls and even eagles to their homes or safer habitats. Read below for some of their stories!

A 50-Foot Plunge to Safety: Naples, Florida             

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Fall in Love with Healthy Trees This Season

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Fall is right around the corner. What are you most excited for... vibrant, healthy trees?

Crisp, cool air, toasty sweaters and scarves, the smell of cozy campfires, and, of course, all things pumpkin: What’s not to love about fall?

Whether you look forward to the hayrides, pumpkin carving or the vibrant oranges, reds and yellows within trees’ canopies, fall is right around the corner. Before we even finish our last bite of warm apple pie, our trees will shed their leaves; their bare branches facing winter’s wrath.

But because you’ll be eager to greet spring’s bright, green leaves and strong roots before you know it, take some time to prepare your trees this fall, before the ground freezes! While you plan your Halloween costumes and Thanksgiving treats, follow these guidelines from our fall checklist to help keep your trees healthy:

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Pump Some Iron... For Your Trees!

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Just like you, proper health and "fitness" benefit the lives of your trees, too!

Would you rather take a morning jog in the park, a brisk walk around the block with your dog or a country road adventure on your bike? Whichever is your favorite way to stay fit, you can count on summer’s warm, sunny weather to present the perfect opportunity to keep your body strong and healthy by exercising outdoors.

Getting up and moving around is great in any sense, but exercising outdoors provides added benefits we may not be able to take advantage of in the cold, winter months. We are able to increase the intensity of our workouts from wind resistance, experience different terrains, breathe in the fresh air and spend some time with our favorite friends outdoors—our trees!

It’s just as important for your trees to be strong and healthy as it is for you. As we enjoy our summer exercise regimens outdoors before it’s time to head back to the indoor gym, we need to incorporate our trees into that daily jog, walk or ride and prepare them for one of their biggest summer threats: hurricanes.

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