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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.

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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Fall Craft Idea No. 1: Leaf Picture Frame

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Imagine your favorite fall photo in this special leaf picture frame. Now, gather some leaves and learn how to make your own frame!

What a wonderful, colorful time of year fall is, especially when tree canopies begin to shed their leaves in colors of scarlet, gold and amber. We only get to experience this once a year, so why not preserve those magnificent peak colors to enjoy all year long?

Head outside to your backyard, closest park or nearby walking trail and gather some of the falling leaves. Then, head inside to a crackling fire and turn your collection of fall leaves into art with just a few supplies.

Read below for one of the fall craft ideas we found on Pinterest, including the simple supplies and family friendly instructions required to create it:

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Fall Tree Care 101: Dormant Pruning

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Want to enjoy your trees in all four seasons? Remember proper tree care matters all year long.

When it comes to proper tree care, timing is everything. Temperatures are dropping, and your trees' growth is slowing down. A cooler climate and inactive growing offers the ideal time to begin pruning shade and ornamental trees. During the dormant season, leaves are out of the picture and limbs are easier to handle. Dormant pruning means less stress on the trees, faster turnaround and an attractive new look.

Dormant pruning: 1. Helps trees withstand damage from severe weather.

2. Can help protect trees from insects and disease.

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4 Tree Care Tips Every Homeowner Should Read

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Spread much in the shape of a doughnut around your tree, not like a volcano. This gives the base of your tree some room to breathe!

District Manager of The Care of Trees’ Naperville tree services office, Skeet, met with Bill Moller on WGN Radio 720 to answer questions and inform homeowners about different tree diseases in the area.

Do any of these symptoms sound like something causing your trees to suffer? Read below to find out more about tree diseases:

Question: I have a question about using the wood from a tree that was cut down due to emerald ash borer. Is it ok to use it for mulch? 

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