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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.

Trees Surrounding a Veterans' Memorial Receive an Arborist's Makeover

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Don Mueller (far left), Jen Morgan (second from left, front), Eric Foley (third from left) and Jarred Robinson (fifth from left) join other local arborists and volunteers during the Minnesota ISA Chapter Day of Service in Rochester, Minnesota.

Davey's South Minneapolis tree service crewmembers joined volunteers from S&S Tree, a Davey company, for the first time last Veterans' Day for a Day of Service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Later that week, crewmembers from Maier Tree & Lawn, a Davey company, volunteered for a similar Day of Service at a Veterans Memorial. Read more about their experience below. Another “first” occurred in Rochester, Minnesota last fall when the city hosted its first Day of Service at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

“The Minnesota Society of Arboriculture had been trying to organize an event outside the Minneapolis metropolitan area,” says Jay Maier, district manager of Maier Tree & Lawn, a Davey company. “MSA asked me if I was interested in helping to organize the event.”

Not only did Maier and his team help coordinate the event and volunteer on the Friday after Veterans’ Day, but also they’re interested in helping again at future events.

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Take Advice from Your Tree for the New Year

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Go out on a limb this year! Incorporate trees into your 2015 landscape plan for assistance with air pollution removal, energy bill reduction and so much more.

If trees could talk, which advice would they give you? It’s time to reflect and improve upon the previous year with new goals and adventures. Trees have populated the earth for hundreds of thousands of years, growing tall and giving back—in so many ways. We can learn a lot from trees and the countless benefits they provide us every single day.

Tree Lessons 101. Follow this simple tree advice, inspired by Ilan Shamir's poem "Advice from a Tree," to keep you and your trees happy and healthy all year long.

1. Stand tall and proud. Trees tower over us with their beautiful, full canopies, shading and protecting us from Mother Nature’s unpleasant conditions.A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year, meaning two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four. Breathe easy this year, knowing your trees have got your back.

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Davey Minneapolis Tree Services Support Day of Service at National Cemetery

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Davey’s Robert Raymond and Pat Worden and S&S Tree’s Jon Schmidt and Emily Mumford (pictured left to right) gather for a photo while volunteering for the Minnesota ISA Chapter Day of Service in Minneapolis, Minnesota, late last year.

Because friends, relatives and other visitors populate national cemeteries and memorials in remembrance of loved ones all year round—particularly around Veterans’ Day—it’s important to ensure the landscapes they trod on are safe, healthy and respectful of those resting there. Learn more about the tree services Davey entities volunteered to provide at two sites last fall. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fort Snelling National Cemetery’s heavy population of boulevard trees lends itself to the regular tree maintenance it receives during Minnesota Society of Arboriculture’s annual Day of Service.

Last fall was the first time Davey’s South Minneapolis residential tree services crew got involved with the Day of Service on Veterans’ Day; and it was the first time the event received a good volunteer turnout in a while.

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5 Garden and Landscape Resolutions for 2015

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Prune dead, diseased or broken branches to keep trees and shrubs structurally strong, so they can withstand damage from severe weather all year long.

Read the following post from Jason Evans, district manager for Davey's East Bay tree services. Evans' piece was originally published on Lay the groundwork for your landscape now so that you can enjoy healthy trees, shrubs and plants in your yard this year.

Gardeners are a reflective group, always looking back to see what worked and more importantly, what didn’t. And like most people at the start of a new year, gardeners are thinking about ways to improve upon last year with resolutions.

Laying the groundwork for a healthy landscape is the key to success for those garden resolutions. To learn how to create a healthy landscape and to cultivate fresh ideas for the 2015 gardening season, try these tips:

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Green" Dream

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What are some ways you can give back to your community's green spaces to help celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service this year?

Each year we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and his efforts toward social justice, equal rights and peace as we observe the federal holiday in his name on or around his birthday, Jan. 15.

Since 1994, Congress has also designated the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday as a national day of service. What better way to begin your New Year than to give back to your community?

Perhaps you could help improve the environment by joining an outdoor service project and learning how to plant a tree. Or, consider supporting an environmental initiative within your community to improve its parks and overall quality of life.

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Tree Care Tips from the Winter of a Lifetime

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A lost tree is a loss of its contribution in storm water management, noise reduction, wildlife habitat and other benefits to the local ecology. Remember that as you continue to monitor your trees' health this winter!

Read the following blog post from Jason Gaskill, sales arborist for Davey's King of Prussia tree services, ISA certifed arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. Gaskill's piece was originally published on the Community Associations Institute Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter's website. During the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, we all felt the wrath of one of North America’s most frigid winters ever in more ways than one. We experienced frozen pipes, strained backs from shoveling snow, lost productivity and income, and damage to valuable landscape assets. Like us, trees and shrubs also experienced this harsh winter. If nothing else, last winter’s tough lessons can translate into better preparedness for this year’s cold.

Many of you saw the damage throughout the region; trees suffered downed limbs and broken tops or were uprooted entirely—sometimes falling and causing property damage. Nary a neighborhood went unaffected by fallen branches, toppled trees, or a combination of both. Many homeowner associations and communities that were already digging further into their budgets to cover the cost of excess snow removal suddenly needed to pay for emergency tree services, cleanup and landscape repair projects. 

You might ask, do trees lost to severe weather events need to be replaced? Research has shown that trees contribute much more than just shade, oxygen and aesthetics. A lost tree is a loss of its contribution in storm water management, noise reduction, wildlife habitat and other benefits to the local ecology. There is an emotional response trees solicit within us, the loss of which can be detrimental to a property’s value. Davey research shows that one tree in a front yard adds as much as one percent to the value of a home. Considering a tree’s value now, would we all not consider taking care of those assets? Tree care is budget protection and it’s cheaper to maintain a tree than it is to replace a poorly maintained tree lost to a winter storm.

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Did You Know? Road Salt Can Damage Trees in Winter.

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Look for road salt damage—bark discoloration and dieback—where snow has piled up near your trees to see if treatment is necessary.

The following blog post has been adapted from the "Road Salt Can Damage Trees" piece Davey contributed to

Communities filled with urban trees and lots of tree-lined streets must consider the health of their trees when it comes to spreading road salt.

Road salt can have several detrimental effects on the health of your trees, and an unhealthy tree could eventually become an expensive liability if large limbs start to weaken and fall or the overall health suffers to the point of decay.

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Davey's 'Fairy House' Donations Brighten Falmouth, Massachusetts Senior Living Facility

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Royal Falmouth resident Cal used the wood base Davey's Cape Cod tree services donated to create a monument to his military service in the Marines. Photo credit: Nancy Newman, Royal Falmouth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

When the activity director of a nearby nursing and rehabilitation center needed wood slabs for an art project, Davey's Cape Cod tree services delivered. It’s not uncommon for tree service firms to donate wood chips for mulch beds, compost or play area surfaces.

But a donation to help build fairy houses? When Carol Booth, client experience coordinator for Davey’s Cape Cod tree services, got that call, she couldn’t pass it up.

“It’s the first request like that we’ve gotten,” Booth says. “It certainly was creative.”

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