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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.

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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Proper Planting Boosts Tree Benefits

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Before you start planting trees this fall, think about the proper placement and processes involved. Then, reap more benefits from your new trees!

Our trees are packed with features that are always benefiting the environment, our health and our homes. But if your trees are not properly planted, you and the surrounding environment may not have access to all of the benefits your trees have to offer.

Earlier this month, Steve Nagy, sales arborist for Davey’s Washington D.C. tree services, joined hosts Melanie Hastings and Kellye Lynn on WJLA’s “Let’s Talk Live” segment. Below we list Nagy’s planting tips to ensure you reap all the benefits of your trees.

KL: What are the benefits of planting a tree?

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Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place

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Identify the right tree for the right place in your landscape and maximize its lifespan and economic rewards.

This fall, you can do something that will give you return on your investment for your home, community and wallet—plant a tree! Planting a tree is one of the best financial rewards homeowners can make for their properties. What better time to plant a tree than now, during the fall season?

Identifying the right tree for the right place is essential to maximizing your trees’ lifespan and economic rewards. Read below for tips that will help you determine where and when you should plant.

3 Tips for Fall Planting Success:

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Are Your Trees Victims to Fall Fungal Diseases?

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Know which fungal diseases to look out for on your trees this fall, such as signs of Dutch elm disease, pictured above.

Summer has ended and fall is ready for its time to shine. This change of seasons typically brings rainfall and cooler temperatures. Wet, moist soil and chilly temperatures create the perfect breeding ground for fall fungal diseases on our trees.

So, what happens if you find your trees are suffering from a fungal disease or infection this fall? The first step is to know what the symptoms look like. Then, determine how to best reverse the health of your tree before winter.

Here is a list of fungal diseases to be on the lookout for in your region this fall:

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