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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.

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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A New Aerial Challenge for Davey's Cape Cod Tree Services

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Davey Cape Cod tree services crewmember Reis LeBeau shows off the remote-controlled drone he rescued from a tree.

Davey’s Cape Cod tree service crew received two unusual requests late last year. Read more below—and tomorrow's post as well—to find out how office personnel and crewmembers handled each unique call. Rescuing cats and birds from trees is all in a day’s work at Davey, but the crash landing of a remote-controlled aerial drone called for one climber to elevate his game.

Trimmer Trainee Reis LeBeau recently found himself scaling a tree to retrieve the drone after its pilot accidentally crashed it in the leafy crown.

Davey’s Cape Cod tree services Client Experience Coordinator Carol Booth says the drone crashed in a tree on the property of a client who just happened to be preparing for a backyard wedding the next day. The wedding party was out on a yacht cruising Massachusett’s Quisset Harbor when they decided to give the ship’s captain an impromptu flight lesson—one that ended with LeBeau’s own aerial acrobatics.

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12 Champion Trees to Recognize in 2015

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This American Forests champion plains cottonwood tree grew for 150 years before succumbing to old age in 2013.

For 75 years, American Forests has identified the country’s largest native trees in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. To celebrate, and mark Davey’s 25th year partnering with American Forests, the 2015 National Big Tree Program Calendar features special champion trees from across the country.

See the trees and their stories here:

Do you have a story to tell about a big tree you have encountered? Tell us about it in the comment secion below!

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