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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 Endless Ways Planting a Tree Can Benefit You

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In the presence of trees, hospital patients may heal faster. What is your favorite tree benefit?

It’s officially spring—‘tis the season to plant trees! Why plant a tree this season? Well, the reasons are endless. Trees provide beauty, shade and energy savings in every setting, from homes and neighborhoods to hospitals and businesses. No matter the location—trees make life better.

Here’s why planting, transplanting and replacing damaged and diseased trees is worth your time, money and effort.

Tree Benefit Breakdown

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The 2015 International Tree Climbing Champion in Photos

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This giant postcard lured many Davey employees, their families and other ITCC attendees for several photo opportunities.

Although the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) has expanded through the years, Davey’s support as the event's premier sponsor contributes to the event in several capacities to this day. “For 17 years, Davey has sponsored the ITCC as a tribute to working arborists and the safety-based culture in which we support,” says Sandra Reid, vice president of corporate communications and strategic planning administration.

The 2015 ITCC, also the 39th international competition, occurred in Tampa, Florida, in March—separate from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual International Conference for the first time.

“At ISA, we like to view change as an opportunity for improvement,” says Jim Skiera, executive director of ISA. “We focused on expanding the 2015 ITCC activities and developing new ones that would engage attendees, increase public awareness and create an ‘ISA experience.’”

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The 5 Steps to Spring Landscape Success

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Ready to see some pops of color in your landscape this season? "Spring" ahead and jump start your landscape prep as winter's woes wash away.

Temperatures are rising and the sun is shining—spring is here! The following blog post was inspired by Preparing for Spring Landscaping Success, an article from Davey Tree National Sales Manager Rich Chilcoat. The original story appeared in a Property Management Association (PMA) publication titled Bulletin: Motivators at Work That Work. If you experienced heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures in the past few months, you might not be the only one who took a beating from old man winter this year. Your trees and landscape may have suffered, too.

Take a moment out of your day to walk around your property and assess your green space for winter stress and damage. A little time goes a long way when it comes to landscape care and maintenance.

5 Steps to Landscape Success:

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Davey Delivers on a Day of Service

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A Davey utility crew on the Orlando Utilities Commission account helps trim trees during the Martin Luther King., Jr. Day of Service in 2014.

Davey crews participate in numerous service projects all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the year.  Read below for a service project with which a Davey utility services crew was involved. Since 1994, Congress has designated the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday as a national day of service. That is why the City of Orlando, Florida, teamed up with the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Davey Tree to create an annual day of service event called “Seedlings for Civil Rights.”

“It is important to give back and show appreciation to our clients,” says Mike Mittiga, operations manager, Davey utility services in Orlando, Florida. This year, Mittiga helped coordinate a service project on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The event consists of an entire day of volunteer opportunities to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Davey employees volunteered to “clean-up and spruce-up” Barker Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

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"Ring in Spring" Tree Craft Idea No. 4: Dream Garden Bank

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Now that spring is officially here, the ability to start gardening isn't so far away! Start saving for your dream garden today.

Happy first day of spring! This is our final craft idea for the season—take advantage of the frequent rainy days and start crafting spring tree projects! “Ring in Spring” Craft Idea No. 4: Dream Garden Bank

Hopefully you followed our “5 Garden and Landscape Resolutions for 2015” and started creating your dream garden plan for this spring. This simple craft will allow you to save up the needed funds to help make your garden dreams come true.

Create your dream garden bank, and start saving for your perfect landscape and garden.

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How to Clean Up the Landscape After a Snowy Winter

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Once winter's snowy weather ends for the season, take a closer look at your trees and shrubs for cracks, splits or breaks.

After a long winter, nothing beats walking outside, basking in the sunshine and spotting the first blooming daffodil or forsythia. As the snow melts and Jack Frost packs his bags, we can officially say spring is here.  Now, the only thing left to do is clean up the mess Frost left behind.

Clean up your landscape after a snow-filled winter with these five simple tips from Shawn Fitzgerald, ISA-certified arborist and Davey technical advisor.

 Pick up the leftovers. Remove any branches, leaves, and other natural debris knocked down by winter storms, and compost. Inspect trees and shrubs. Examine trees and shrubs for cracks, splits or breaks caused by heavy snowfall. Also, “Wait for leaf out to prune to ensure you don’t cut any live branches,” Fitzgerald suggests. See a worrisome crack or break? Schedule a tree check-up with a certified arborist. Spot and fix it. Walk around your home and yard.  Repeat in a few weeks as some damage may not appear until leaf out. Look for: Crushed plant material. Check back to see if this plant recovers during spring.

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Former Intern Joins Davey Full-Time

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Some Davey interns have landed full-time positions upon graduation. Their experiences and the connections they make prove to be valuable in the long run.

Each New Year begins with a list of ambitious resolutions. Jordan Beasley already achieved his biggest goal of the year by becoming an account manager at the Davey Tree commercial landscape services branch in Orlando, Florida. Beasley graduated from Brigham Young University in 2014. During college, he interned with Davey Tree and discovered “working for Davey is like being part of a big family.”

Below Beasley shares the top three lessons he learned during his Davey Tree internship.

1. Internships help you find the right career – without the risk.

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"Ring in Spring" Tree Craft Idea No. 3: Recycled Bird Feeder

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Looking for more birds and other wildlife in your backyard this spring? Give them more reasons to stop by and create this simple recycled bird feeder!

Let the final countdown until spring begin! Below you’ll find a fun, kid-friendly spring craft the birds in your backyard will appreciate, too. Branch out of your winter funk and start crafting spring tree projects today!   “Ring in Spring” Craft Idea No. 3: Recycled Bird Feeder

The winter months have been harsh in many regions and have even affected plants and animals. Now that spring has nearly arrived, it’s time to feed the wildlife around your home with a simple and fun craft to give back to Mother Nature’s feathered creatures.

Hang your recycled bird feeder in your garden or landscape, and the birds will be chirping “thank you” in no time. 

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