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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.

A Giant Sequoia Tree Honors General Sherman

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Just the top half of Sequoia National Park's champion tree, General Sherman.

This American Forests champion tree stands more than 270 feet tall in Sequoia National Park, California, and is named General Sherman after American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.  Stand at its 102-foot wide trunk, crane your neck as far skyward as you can and you'll just begin to see this giant sequoia's majestic lower leaves emerge. Years ago, in 1879, this giant was already taller, bigger and more magnificent than the rest.

For 75 years, American Forests has identified the country’s largest native trees in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. To celebrate, and mark Davey’s 25th year partnering with American Forests, the 2015 National Big Tree Program Calendar features special champion trees from across the country, including Sequoia National Park's national champion giant sequoia tree.

Do you know a big tree you'd like to see recognized in American Forests' National Big Tree Program? Nominate it here!

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Celebrating the Earth and Trees

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Dominick, an elementary school student, stands with David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, after the Kent, Ohio, "Who's Your Mama" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival block party parade. Read why Dominick loves trees in his poem below.

Last week marked two very important “green” holidays — Earth Day and National Arbor Day. Below are some highlights from related events in Kent, Ohio, where Davey's corporate offices reside.

The Kent community made Mother Nature proud as local residents and visitors celebrated its ninth annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival. The event included a Vegan Iron Chef VII competition at Laziza Restaurant in downtown Kent, an Environmental Film Festival at Kent State University (KSU) and a Main Street Block Party Parade last Saturday.

The parade concluded at the KSU Wick Poetry Center, where local elementary students read hand-written poems about why they loves trees. Davey donated a bag full of goodies, including a tree sapling, to all children who participated in the event. Below are some of the TREEmendous poems children shared, as well as a video highlighting a poetry reading from Ben Baron:

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#DaveyHistory on Display at Kent, Ohio, Historical Society

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"Davey and Kent: Growing Together Since 1880" will be on display at the Kent Historical Society in Kent, Ohio, through December.

The 135-year history of The Davey Tree Expert Company is on display as the Kent Historical Society’s feature exhibit for 2015. The exhibit, titled “Davey and Kent: Growing Together Since 1880,” includes a variety of artifacts but focuses on three key aspects of the company’s success. The exhibit, which opened to the public Saturday, April 18, centers on the general history of the company, the transition to employee ownership in 1979 and the 1985 corporate complex construction and grand opening in Kent, Ohio, home of the company's corporate offices.

“The Kent Historical Society does a wonderful job telling the stories of the people and businesses that shaped Kent, and we’re excited to partner with them to tell the story of Davey Tree,” said Sandra Reid, vice president, corporate communications and strategic planning administration. 

This year is the 135th anniversary of Davey’s founding of North America’s oldest tree care firm, and 2015 also marks 30 years since the firm opened its corporate headquarters on North Mantua Street—across the street from John Davey’s first employer, Standing Rock Cemetery. In 2014 Davey celebrated 35 years of employee ownership.

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9 Ways to Add Curb Appeal for a Quick Home Sale

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The National Association of Realtors reported in 2013 that “gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects.”

In this Angie's List article, Jeff Newborn, district manager of Davey's Kansas City residential tree services office, gives homeowners nine ways to add curb apeal to their home. With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to fix up your yard. If you are planning to sell your home, this will help prepare your house to be put on the market. Curb appeal is the No. 1 factor in determining a home sale.

The National Association of Realtors reported in 2013 that “gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects.”

In fact, well-maintained yards yield a higher price and quicker sale. A manicured landscape can add up to 28 percent to the overall value of a house and an attractive yard can cut a property’s time on the market up to 15 percent.

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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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