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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 Scary Truth About Structurally Weak Trees

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Ready for scary stories this Halloween? Your trees' roots, trunk and crown may have something to tell you.

Ghosts and goblins roam the streets, jack-o-lanterns light up on every porch and a dark spooky sky illuminates above. It sounds like Halloween is here! With all the spooks and spirits this time of year, be on the lookout for scary trees that may blend in with the seasonal décor.

Trees on your property can be great visual assets, but what happens when they become unsafe, unsightly or a downright liability? Davey’s R.J. Laverne, board certified master arborist, shares some insight on a “Talking Trees” segment about signs and symptoms we can look for that can tell us if a scary, unsightly tree should be removed.  Here are some things to look at when inspecting a tree:

1. What’s happening with the roots? Visually inspect the root zone and root collar for damage, decay or fungus. Some signs that a tree’s roots are decaying include peeling, cracking or loose bark. 

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Hurricane Sandy Comes Alive From Felled Tree

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Dan Freed got creative with a felled tree he discovered in his yard after the wrath of Hurricane Sandy hit his hometown in New Jersey. Photo credit: Dan Freed

Two years after Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. east coast, we share with you the afterlife of a wood sculptor's 100-year-old ash tree that fell during the storm.

Medusa or Hurricane Sandy? Arguably both are abhorrent creatures, and that may be just the feeling New Jersey area wood sculptor Dan Freed sought to inspire with his grotesque, award-winning creation.

Freed’s sculpture, aptly titled “Hurricane Sandy Brought to Justice in Sussex County,” sprouted from the remains of a 100-year-old ash tree felled in his yard by the 2012 hurricane.

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Preserving the Legacy of a Historical Liberty Tree

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Davey's Barry Sherwood clips seed pods from small branches of a descent of the last standing Liberty Tree. Photo credit: Paul W. Gillespie, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Imagine encountering a living piece of American history dating back to colonial times; the last standing Liberty Tree of the original 13 colonies. Although it has since been damaged and removed from the St. John’s College campus, you may be able to visit descendants of the last surviving Liberty Tree in the future.

Retired forester Champ Zumbrun has been trying to germinate descendants of the Liberty Tree, a yellow tulip poplar, for over two years. He called in Davey’s Chesapeake Bay tree services to help make his vision reality by gathering seedlings from the second generation tulip poplar.  

Volunteer crews from Davey arrived with a certified arborist and aerial truck to assist. The crew was responsible for removing seeds from the top of the tulip poplar; the seeds would only be accessible from an aerial truck. Zumbrun is working to cultivate the seedlings in a laboratory. If there is successful germination, the seedlings will be planted in the ground.

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Landslide® 2014: Art and the Landscape Announced

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Public art is much like a tree. It can encourage thoughtful reflection, reduce stress and generally benefits a community. | Photograph © Liz Kuball, 2014, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Some of America's most profound landscape art installations are at risk, but Davey is working with the The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to preserve these endangered works of art.

Landslide® 2014: Art and the Landscape features 11 "distinct expressions of cultural identity," many of which development, neglect, vandalism, industrial operations and natural wear and tear have endangered. TCLF brings attention to these art displays to inform the public about their conditions as well as promote informed stewardship.

Davey is the presenting sponsor of Landslide 2014. Visit the Landslide website for more information and photos of 2014's sites.

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Why Winter Tree Preparation Applies in Fall

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Before you find ice on your tree this winter (or fall), think about the proper way to protect its limbs.

The following blog post has been adapted from the "Plant New, Prepare Old Before Winter Hits" piece Davey contributed to icma.org.

When it comes to landscapes, the fall months offer more than just a chance to enjoy the splendor of autumn leaves.

Fall is a good time to plant new shrubs and trees. The remaining months ahead of winter offer landscape managers and property owners a chance to do two things: safeguard their trees against snow and ice damage and give new plants a chance to take hold before the ground freezes.

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Simple Ways to Save Your Trees From Salt

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Sometimes snow removal practices can harm your trees--but it's not always the snow itself that harms them.

Winter weather is on its way. Learn more about protecting your trees in winter now!

Shawn Kingzette is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and District Manager of Davey’s Northwest Chicago tree service office in East Dundee, Illinois. Shawn met with Lou Manfredini on WGN Radio 720 to answer questions and inform homeowners about the impact winter can have on trees and his main concerns as an arborist.

Do you live in an area that receives a large amount of snow in winter? Read below to find out what that snow—and snow removal practices—is doing to your trees: 

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Fall Craft Idea No. 3: Candle Centerpiece

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Dress up your seasonal fall tablecloth with these simple, festive candle accessories!

Do you like to entertain family and friends? If so, you'll want to learn how to make this simple fall centerpiece below. 

Fall Craft Idea No. 3: Candle Centerpiece

Description: At your next dinner party, impress guests with this creative centerpiece. It’s simple to make and will warm your table with those fall colors from the outdoors.

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Fall Craft Idea No. 2: Leaf Coasters

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Why not set your warm cup of tea or hot chocolate on these festive, fall leaf coasters? They'd make great additions to your coffee table, and you can make them yourself!

You can remember fall foliage all year long, and so can your guests during the next fall gathering at your home. Here's another fall craft idea just for you!

Fall Craft Idea No. 2: Leaf Coasters

Description: Between your sips of warm apple cider, hot coffee or creamy hot cocoa, you’ll need something to rest your mug on. Why not make decorative fall leaf coasters for your festive fall beverages?

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