About the Davey Tree blog

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.

For the Love of Trees: Scientific and Personal Proof Trees Love Us

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Just as we love and cherish our trees, they shower us with love by benefiting us emotionally, economically and environmentally.

Tones of red, orange and yellow leaves livening up our yard’s fall scene. Bare branches dusted in snow creating a picturesque winter landscape. Fresh fruit and flower blooms revamping our yards in spring. Overarching, green-as-can-be branches providing us with shade to sit and soak in summer’s breeze.

Every moment of the year, there are countless reasons to love your trees.

Trees shower us with love as well. They benefit us emotionally, economically and environmentally. Plus, our beloved trees experience unforgettable moments with us. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing your favorite tree stories to celebrate all the glorious memories and benefits trees give us.  

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How Rock Salt May Be Affecting Your Lawn

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Spreading rock salt may be good for our safety, but it’s not so great for the health and beauty of our lawns. Learn more about the effects rock salt buildup has on your lawn.

Spreading rock salt along icy roads may be good for our safety, but it’s not so great for the health and beauty of our lawns. If you’ve noticed buildup of white salt mixed in with your green turf, you may be wondering how your lawn is being affected.

Does rock salt kill grass? 

Rock salt can pose a threat to your existing lawn and future lawn growth. The elements of rock salt that allow it to break through ice can be deadly to your lawn.

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Managing Deer Browsing on Your Property

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Trees affected by deer browsing are vulnerable to frost damage, weakened branches and insects and disease, but there are techniques you can use to manage browsing and reduce damage to your plants.

For some of us, deer in the yard linger long after the holidays as more than a whimsical decoration. Some areas have been experiencing heavy deer browsing, causing severe damage to plants.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), trees affected by deer browsing are more vulnerable to frost damage, weakened branches and disease and insect infestation.

Though there are some plant species more popular to deer than others, the threat of deer feeding continues to increase for a variety of species.

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Winter Tree Care Checklist: Preparing Trees for Spring in 3 Steps

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Follow these three steps to help your trees remain strong throughout the winter season and prepare for proper spring growth.

Successful holiday season? Check. Ringing in the New Year? Check. Now it’s just about time for things to calm down after a busy few weeks.

Take this time to put a checkmark next to winter tree care. There are three steps you can take now to help your trees remain strong throughout the winter season and prepare for proper spring growth.

Prune

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How a Warmer Winter May Be Affecting Your Plants

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If your plants have experienced untimely growth through the warm winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

In much of the eastern half of the U.S., typical frigid temperatures and snow were swapped out for sunny skies and warm weather throughout late fall and early winter. Weather reports galore declared that some areas broke record high temperatures.

While you may not think the warmer weather calls for complaint, it’s a different story for your plants.

Spring blooming plants may have opened into partial or full flowers due to unusually warm weather in November and December. Additionally, some woody plants may have grown fresh leaves.

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3 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Trees

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Here's to a healthy 2016! Your local arborist can help assess the current state of your landscape and create a tree care and maintenance plan to fit your goals for the new year.

As we prepare to close out the last days of 2015, some of us may be making plans for a New Year’s resolution we vow to keep.

From staying healthy to managing stress, you may be surprised how some of our most common resolutions are similar to what our trees want in the New Year.

Resolution: Planning for the New Year Whether it’s organizing your finances, gearing up for retirement or setting up for a big move, the beginning of the year is a time for planning. As you map out the year, make sure evaluating your landscape is on your to-do list. Take the time to determine the current state your landscape is in and the goals you have for its future.

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Oh Christmas Tree, What is Your History?

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Because of their long history with the holidays, there are a number of stories about early traditions with the Christmas tree.

Every year we invite a new tree into our homes to celebrate the Christmas season. Throughout the holidays, we share gifts, laughs and love around it, giving each tree its own story.

Fir, spruce and white pine are often named the most popular trees to share these memories with, but have you ever wondered the story behind Christmas’ favorite trees?  

Because of their long history with the holidays, there are a number of stories about early traditions with the Christmas tree.  

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Protect Your Trees from El Niño's Elements

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Providing your tree with a timely, professional pruning can help manage growth, reduce potential for storm damage and eliminate dangerous limbs.

In 1997, the world experienced what was called “the strongest El Niño event since the 1950s.” As we transition into winter and the New Year, scientists predict we will see history repeat itself with some of the strongest El Niño effects on record.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the memorable weather patterns of the 1997 El Niño are making a comeback in California. The state is expected to experience El Niño’s peak from January to March. The forecast? Mudslides, heavy rainfall, and a cycle of one storm after another.

Along with these record-high rains come recurring threats to your trees: weak branches can fall in severe weather, damaging power lines, homes and property.

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