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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.

5 Myths About Annuals

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Look for bright, bold colors when choosing which annuals to purchase. Plant big blocks of bold-colored annuals to create striking spring and summer visuals in your landscape.

Below we help prove annuals’ worth, while exposing some common myths about these lively landscape blooms.  Annuals pack a punch of color that will turn any landscape from “drab” to “fab.” Plant and watch these dramatic blooms flourish during their one-year life cycle. But first, let’s uncover the common misconceptions of annuals.

Here are the 5 myths exposed:

Myth 1: Annuals are budget busters.

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Goats Offer Helping Hooves to a Unique Earth Day Event

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Who knew goats could be so helpful at Earth Day events? Read below to find out how they contributed to invasive plant removal at Esquimalt, British Columbia's Highrock Park!

Did you know? Goats are a sustainable solution to help weed out invasive species from large landscapes—making them the perfect guests for an Earth Day park cleanup event. Most Earth Day events guest lists include city officials, community members and school students. But the city of Esquimalt, B.C., Canada, switched it up this Earth Day by inviting 12 goats to its annual Earth Day celebration in Esquimalt’s Highrock Park.

Davey Canada’s Victoria, B.C., residential tree services office co-sponsored this unique event. Davey crewmembers were excited to work alongside the weed-chomping goats to help the community.

Goats are an environmentally-friendly solution to weed out invasive species and native plants and trees such as Himalayan blackberry, Daphne, Scotch broom, English ivy and holly, which all threaten the park’s delicate ecosystem.

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Complete Your Spring Checklist the Right Way for Happy, Healthy Trees

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Thinning out your trees' dead and disease-ridden branches creates air flow within the canopy, which helps prevent leaf disease issues and fungal infections.

The sun is shining and trees are budding! Davey is on the air to talk trees this spring season. Davey is proud to appear on Pittsburgh KDKA, News Radio 1020 station this spring, summer and fall. Every other Sunday morning, 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, Todd Sherbondy, district manager of Davey’s East Pittsburgh residential tree care services, discusses spring checklist dos and don’ts with radio hosts Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser of “The Organic Gardeners.” The following script is based on Sherbondy’s interview.

KDKA: For the spring checklist, what should be first on your list?

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Davey "Gardening Angels" Bring Landscape Back to Life

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Davey volunteers bring bucket trucks to Riverside Cemetery to safely access the tree canopies onsite.

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, which lands on May 25 this year, we are highlighting services Davey has performed at cemeteries across the U.S. Below is a story about the work of Davey volunteers and others at Denver's Riverside Cemetery last year. Patricia Carmody feared continuing drought conditions, and a lack of water for irrigation, would yield a wilting burial ground filled with dead trees and weeds at Riverside Cemetery in Denver, one of two cemeteries she works to preserve for Fairmount Heritage Foundation in Colorado.

Years of worsening drought, coupled with the cemetery’s loss of water rights for irrigation in 2003, prompted the slow death of more than 100 non-native, mature trees in the 77-acre cemetery. Denver’s oldest operating cemetery started reverting to its naturally dry, drab prairie landscape after spending decades looking like a lush, green oasis.

The landscape found new life in 2009 through what Carmody calls “cemetery serendipity.”

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It's #EABAwarenessWeek: How to Protect Your Trees from EAB Infestation

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Photo credit: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension

It’s the lean, mean, green pest that continues to infect and kill ash trees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Find out how close you are to emerald ash borer infestations and what you can do about this pest. Emerald ash borer (EAB) has destroyed millions of ash trees and devastated the tree canopy cover throughout portions of North America. EAB was identified in North America in Michigan in 2002, but it likely first arrived in wood cargo crates from Asia as much as a decade earlier.

Here’s how you can manage EAB:

1. Recognize signs of EAB:

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EAB's Effects on the Green

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Unfortunately, emerald ash borer can negatively affect the character of a golf course and the play of the game. The good news? There are ways to help prevent further damage in infested areas.

The following blog post has been adapted from a story published in the March/April 2015 issue of the Northeastern Golf Course Superintendents Association publication titled, Our Collaborator. Read below to learn ways emerald ash borer (EAB) can negatively affect golf courses. #EABWeek A tree can become a hazard on your golf course by doing more than just proving to be a difficult obstacle to play around.

This is particularly true for golf courses in northeast New York, where the migration of emerald ash borer in recent years means ash trees are at risk of dying and posing hazards to golfers, course facilities, turf, irrigation systems and other property.

In addition, the loss of a single, mature ash can greatly affect the character of the course by changing a hole or fairway in such a way that it no longer enhances the course designer’s architecture—let alone the view from the cart path.

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Davey Volunteers Show Tribute Through Action at Arlington National Cemetery

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Climber Jesse Tillack installs lightning protection to a white oak at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo courtesy of

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, which lands on May 25 this year, we are highlighting services Davey has performed at cemeteries across the U.S. Below is a story about the work of Davey volunteers and others at Arlington National Cemetery last year.

Whether they want to visit a family member who lost his or her life while serving the U.S., pay respects to individuals who are currently protecting the country or see a historic American monument, nearly four million people travel to the iconic Arlington National Cemetery each year.

Arlington National Cemetery grounds include 624 acres of grassland, an impressive tree canopy and bountiful shrubs and plants. With such massive landscapes that preserve the memory of the country’s heroes, sometimes, a little help is required.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Video Demonstrates a Tree Service Consultation

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If you've never had a professional tree service consultation on your property, here is your chance to learn more about all the steps involved.

An International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified, professionally trained arborist shares the secret to proactively managing your trees and shrubs. In this episode of "Talking Trees," our tree doctor Jim Houston addresses common plant health care concerns through the lens of a typical tree service consultation. Whether you're planting new trees this spring, assessing winter landscape damage or inspecting your trees for pests and diseases, a professional tree service consultation can help you determine how to best monitor and care for your trees.

Watch the video below for Jim Houston's walk-through of a professional tree service consultation.

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