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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.

Christmas Crafts Idea No. 3: Pine Cone Christmas Tree

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Use this DIY pine cone Christmas tree as a table decoration for the holidays.

Christmas Craft Idea No. 3: Pine Cone Christmas Tree This pine cone Christmas tree craft is the perfect addition to a table set for dinner on Christmas Eve, or to the holiday décor around your home.

Materials:

Pine cone Acrylic green paint Miniature flower pot Hot glue Star Instructions:

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4 Reasons to Thank Your Trees

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Which tree benefits are you most thankful for?

As Americans plan Thanksgiving festivities this month, ‘tis the season to be thankful. Every year, families and friends give thanks for loved ones, opportunities, possessions and so much more. But when was the last time your trees made your list of thanks?

This year, before you dig into your Thanksgiving feast, remember all that your trees do for you. Our trees are always giving to us, without asking for much in return. Here are just a few reasons to be thankful for your trees this holiday season:

Money in your pocket.  The temperatures are plummeting in several regions of North America this time of year, so we crank up the thermostat for a warm, toasty home. Did you know your trees help save you money on your energy bill? Trees planted in the vicinity of your home are windbreakers. The less often wind strikes your windows and doors, the less your furnace must work. Peace of mind. Trees have the ability to improve our quality of life and mental health. Trees absorb traffic and mechanical noises that can increase our stress levels and decrease our ability to concentrate. In fact, cities that have a barrier of trees rather than a concrete wall protecting it from a highway have less mechanical noise. Environmental enthusiasts. Trees are our environment’s powerhouse, packed with benefits that are constantly improving its state. Trees provide us oxygen, improve air quality, reduce pollution and so much more. Easy on the eyes. Think about some of your favorite neighborhoods, stores and parks. Chances are they are lined with trees that add incredible aesthetic value. Trees add color, mask unappealing urban visuals like concrete walls and can help soften harsh, architectural lines. Why are you thankful for your trees? We would love to hear! Comment below and let us know why your trees made it onto your list of thanks.

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Christmas Craft Idea No. 2: Ribbon Tree

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This ribbon Christmas tree is easy for kids to create for a holiday ornament, decoration or gift.

Christmas Craft Idea No. 2: Ribbon Tree This kid-friendly craft is a great idea for a teacher, bus driver or babysitter. This simple and colorful ribbon tree could be used as a Christmas tree ornament or as a simple holiday decoration.

Materials:

Different shades of green ribbon Stick/twig Yarn Instructions:

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Christmas Craft Idea No. 1: Acorn Ornament

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Do you have an oak tree that scattered acorns all over your yard this fall? If so, collect them and make this cute ornament for a Christmas gift.

For some of us, the day after Thanksgiving, coined Black Friday, kicks-off the busy holiday shopping season. Savvy shoppers rush to crowded stores—sometimes as early as midnight or the evening before--to obtain the greatest deal on the latest trinket.

Imagine how you would feel not having to face large, aggressive crowds to complete your holiday shopping list. What if you approached your trees for holiday gift inspiration instead?

That’s right; you can stay home with your family and friends Thanksgiving weekend without missing the opportunity to immerse yourself in the spirit of giving. So, grab some craft supplies—and fallen acorns, pine cones and branches from your trees—and create meaningful, handmade gifts for your loved ones.

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Don't Let Stress Affect Your Trees This Winter

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Just imagine spending all winter season outdoors, like your trees! Know how winter weather can stress out your trees and how you can help if conditions decline.

Northern regions of the U.S., as well as some parts of Canada, experienced some serious winter weather following the arrival of Winter Storm Astro. While record-breaking snow accumulation, extreme temperature decreases and high winds affected several cities in the north, even states as far south as Nevada and Texas felt the wrath.

It’s time for some of us to admit that winter weather is inevitably here to stay for a while. Now, imagine how you would feel if you spent all season outdoors as your trees do. With that in mind, know how winter weather can stress your trees, know what effects of stress look like on your trees and know how you can help.

Fluctuating temperatures: Did you know that extremely low temperatures are actually less damaging to your trees than extensive, rapid drops? For some us, the past few weeks were filled with extremes, as one day to another differed by nearly 40 degrees. Sudden ground freezes and rapid, extensive temperature drops can cause serious stress to your trees. The solution: Prepare your trees for extreme winter weather with our winter checklist. Frost cracks: If you are in fact experiencing rapid temperature changes, be on the lookout for frost cracks. When temperatures drop suddenly, your tree’s outer layer of bark may contract more rapidly than the inner layer, resulting in long, vertical cracks. Once your tree experiences a frost crack, it is likely to reappear every year. The solution: Wrap trees in burlap to help them keep warm and protect them against wind and salt spray.  Rapidly fluctuating temperatures may cause more harm to your trees than snow accumulation. Winterburn: Some trees, especially evergreens, are stressed by desiccation, or the loss of water, as well as winter sun and heavy winds. Look for browning at the tip of the foliage in hemlocks, junipers, pines and yews. The solution: Apply an anti-desiccant treatment to evergreens to help reduce the loss of water. Also, water trees and shrubs during drier periods or when the ground is unfrozen. Root damage: Damage to your tree’s roots can cause serious damage or even death. If you are likely to experience soil temperatures below 15 degrees, know that your trees may have stress damage. The solution: Apply mulch, leaf litter and snow cover to help insulate roots and prevent the temperatures from falling below freezing. Snow and ice breakage: Heavy snow and ice storms can add extra weight to your tree’s branches and limbs, causing breakage. This can be increased by improper removal and shaking ice off branches.  The solution: Tie branches together with cloth or twine, gently remove fluffy, powdery snow or naturally let ice melt away. Do you suspect your tree is suffering from winter weather stress? We can help! Contact your local, professionally trained Davey arborist for a free consultation.

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Davey's St. Louis Tree Services Help Preserve Historic Tree

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The Principal Tree at Brentwood High School has received a lot of special attention through the years.

A tree standing outside of Brentwood High School has studied the many generations of students to pass through the school’s doors for nearly 85 years, observing the changes they have experienced while it has changed itself. The school, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, has dubbed this tree the “Principal Tree,” and it has served as a significant landmark on school grounds for decades.

In October, Davey’s St. Louis tree services partnered with Brentwood School District and the Brentwood High School Alumni Association to preserve a piece of the ground’s history, the “Principal Tree.” The tree, an 85-year-old post oak, was suffering from a combination of injuries from recent construction and two years of record heat and drought in the area.

Karl Dreyer, Davey’s St. Louis district manager, says the tree was battling against a tough growing spot. When Davey was called to the scene, approximately one-fourth of the tree was defoliating. In addition, due to the construction on the grounds, the tree was exposed to soil compaction and an urban growing setting.

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How a Stream Restoration Helped Preserve Arlington National Cemetery

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A glimpse of a severely degraded stream before Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., began its stream restoration at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) honors U.S. military personnel and serves as the final resting place for service members and their spouses. Its impressive landscape boasts 624 acres of grassland, a remarkable tree canopy and bountiful shrubs and plants. Recently, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI), a Davey company, has had the opportunity to work on these extraordinary grounds.

WSSI became involved with the Arlington National Cemetery Millennium Project in 2012, which is designed to extend the longevity of ANC by providing an additional 27 acres of burial space for U.S. veterans.

The stream running through the center of the Millennium Project at Arlington National Cemetery after the stream restoration project. As part of the Millennium Project, WSSI was primarily tasked with the preparation of a stream restoration design for approximately 1,900 linear feet of severely degraded stream that flows through the center of the project area. The goal of the stream restoration project was to abate stream bank erosion, reconnect the stream to its original floodplain and restore the balance of flow and sediment in the stream. Once the stream restoration is complete, the stream will have improved water quality, offer upgraded in-stream habitat and serve as a prominent natural landscape feature.

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The Winter Tree Damage Signs You Should Know

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You can't predict winter weather. But you can help prepare your trees for the frosty season ahead.

The following blog post has been adapted from the "Winter Damage, Pruning and Removal" piece Davey contributed to icma.org.

Winter’s icy hand has wrapped its bony fingers around your trees, and with its cold grip comes a host of new concerns.

Whether it’s bitter cold, like the 2014 Polar Vortex, or more unsuspecting threats, like liability trees, you can watch for signs of damage from these winter issues and take curative steps to keep your trees healthy until warmer temperatures return.

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