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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.

Plant Hardiness and Its Significance to Your Trees This Winter

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Depending on the region in which you live, certain trees may or may not be able to cope with the climate your landscape experiences throughout the year.

Winter is officially nearly here. To tolerate the colder temperatures, you’re bundled up or snuggled beneath a blanket within the comfort of your home. But how do your trees face the next few months of whichever wintry mix Mother Nature directs their way?

Although freezing temperatures, snow and sleet have greeted some of us already, before the winter season ends, there’s plenty of time for more of it to arrive in our neighborhoods, driveways and landscapes. The capability of your trees to withstand such conditions may help you determine the best ways to address their care this season. Read below for an explanation of plant hardiness:

What exactly does plant hardiness mean?

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What Exactly Does the Dormant Season Mean for Your Trees?

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Trees are like humans. They are sensitive to changes in temperature and daylight patterns. So, how does that affect when they enter the dormant season?

Does the phrase “dormant season” or “dormancy” sound familiar to you?

You may have heard these words recently, perhaps within an explanation of dormant pruning services. Because the dormant season has either arrived or will arrive to your region within the early winter weeks, understanding its effects on your trees may help you better monitor their health before spring.

How do trees prepare for the dormant season?

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Plant Winter-Resistant Trees to Combat the Season

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What does it take to withstand winter's wrath? Douglas fir trees are particularly versatile and able to grow in the utmost northern U.S. and into Canada.

For some of us, winter landscapes are rather bleak. All we can see from the windows of our cozy homes are colorless lawns, gray skies and bare tree canopies.

We’ve lost the shade from summer and the bright foliage hues from fall. But are your trees missing anything other than leaves in winter?

Certain trees are not able to survive subzero temperatures, frosted grounds and dangling icicles. However, depending on the region in which you live, other trees don’t even flinch at the arrival of winter’s wrath. Read below to find out which trees are hearty enough to survive the winter season:

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A Certified Arborist Can Help With Winter Tree Care

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Believe it or not, winter is a great time for certified arborists to inspect your trees for signs of weakness or decay.

Some homeowners may wonder when it’s the best time for a certified arborist to visit their property. The answer? Right now!

Shawn Kingzette, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and district manager of Davey’s Northwest Chicago tree services, recently visited WGN Chicago’s Midday Fix segment to provide viewers tips for certified arborist visits and winter tree care. His interview is transcribed below:

Are there any protective measures we can take right now to hopefully save a tree?

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How to Spot and Help Prevent Branch Breakage on Trees

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How can you help your trees survive winter weather extremes without suffering from branch breakage?

As author John Steinbeck once said, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?” Some of us know all about the extremes of winter: the bitter cold temperatures, artic-like winds and, of course, blankets of snow and ice.

It’s true, residents of some regions often encounter wicked winter conditions before enjoying the sunny summer days that now seem a lifetime away. But after experiencing heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures—for months on end—can our trees feel that same sweetness of summer? Or, do they still suffer?

Branch breakage is just one sign your trees may be suffering from the winter season. So, how can you help? First, know what causes branch breakage and how to prevent it with these tips:

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Add a Punch of Color to Your Winter Landscape

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For those of us who suffer a snowy season in winter, adding natural pops of color to the landscape is refreshing.

While snow piles, salt stains, gray skies and slushy streets do not surprise some of us this time of year, winter does have a beauty of its own.

But, although the sunlight’s bright reflection in blankets of snow and fluffy snow-covered tree branches are pretty to see, those of us who often experience winter’s wrath still crave scenes of green grass, colorful annuals and tree canopies full of leaves.

You’ll be happy to know there is a way to get some color in your landscape this winter. Read below to learn which trees and shrubs can withstand the snowy season and give you a winter color fix:

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Say Aloha to a Special Champion Tree

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The mamani sophora tree, a national champion tree American Forests added to its National Register of Big Trees (now the Champion Trees national register) in 2014.

Imagine this scene: warm temperatures, a cloudless sky and a hot, shining sun.

Looking up from the sandy beach and salty ocean water you see hills with miles of tall trees bearing a plethora of colorful flowers. One in particular boasts clusters of bright yellow flowers, similar to the sun shining down on you. For those of us in the thick of winter’s woes—including some in snow, sleet and slick conditions—this sounds likes paradise.

The mamani sophora tree, or as the natives refer to it as the māmane, gets to experience paradise all year long, as it is a native to several of the islands of Hawaii. In 2014, this special māmane joined the National Register of Big Trees—a list of 768 champions sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company. (This list is now referred to as the American Forests Champion Trees national register.)

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3 Ways to Protect Trees After Heavy Snowfall

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Know the signs of possible snow damage to your trees this winter.

Welcome, December! It’s the month that marks the official start to winter. Yet, for some of us so far, Mother Nature has not hesitated to deliver wintry conditions already.

The upper Midwest regions of the U.S. and parts of Canada have experienced arctic blasts, and several feet of snow have bombarded some areas in the northeast. With winter on our minds, let’s turn our attention to those who have to face the season outdoors, at all times: our trees.

Just imagine how you would feel if you had to withstand a heavy snowstorm from outside the comfort of your home. Make sure your trees are prepared to withstand a snowstorm; know the signs of possible snow damage with these 3 tips:

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