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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.

How to Transplant a Tree: What to Do and What Not To Do

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Before you begin transplanting your tree, know how to apply the proper prep work to help the tree survive in its new location.

Trees root into the earth, but that doesn’t mean they are impossible to remove from the ground and transport to a new home. You love your trees, but sometimes they’re better suited for locations elsewhere. Perhaps they’ve out-grown the space in which they’re rooted, or, maybe you plan to move somewhere new but wish to bring that special tree along with you.

Regardless of the tree you’re moving and the space to which you plant transport it, there are several guidelines to follow for the safe and proper transplanting of trees:

1. There and good and not-so-ideal times of the year to transplant trees. “The best time to transplant a tree is when it’s dormant and the ground conditions are ‘just right,’” says Rick Hanshaw, manager of the Davey Nursery in Wooster, Ohio. “These conditions typically occur in spring and fall, before frost develops in the soil. You just don’t want to transplant a tree when its canopy is full expressed.”

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Tune Into Spring Tree Advice for Homeowners

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Tune into St. Louis' KTRS NewsRadio 550 station this spring, summer and fall for tree care tips from Davey district managers. You can also listen to the clips at www.davey.com/ktrs.

The sun is shining and the trees are budding! Davey is on the air to talk trees this spring season. Davey is proud to appear on St. Louis’ KTRS, NewsRadio 550 station this spring, summer and fall. Each Saturday afternoon, one of our local district managers will discuss several tree and landscape topics—some of which we will feature on the Davey blog!

Davey Tree Arborist on the Air: Last week, Greg Wilson, district manager of Davey’s West St. Louis residential tree care services, discussed tree care tips for weathered winter trees with radio hosts Jim McMillan and John Shea of the “Inside Out” show. The following script is based on Wilson’s interview.

KTRS: What are most of your calls right now? What are you seeing in St. Louis that needs to be inspected?

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Countdown to National Arbor Day: Kids Get the Feel for Arbor Day

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Trimmer Justin Madsen applies a temporary tattoo to a participant of RPU's Arbor Day celebration.

We’re excited for Arbor Day, are you? In preparation for National Arbor Day—celebrated on the last Friday in April—we will post a story about TREE-ific Arbor Day events at which Davey crews have participated. You can look forward to reading a new Arbor Day blog post each week this month!  Davey is passionate about volunteering for Arbor Day events leading up to the national holiday. Let’s take a look back to one of the TREE-mendous events that took place last year.

Kids Get the Feel for Arbor Day

Recognizing the importance of trees with the community is just one of the reasons Maier Tree & Lawn celebrates Arbor Day annually. In 2014, the company continued its tradition of participating in Rochester Public Utilities’ (RPU) Arbor Day celebration for the 12th consecutive year.

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How to Mulch to Save Water in 5 Steps

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Not only does mulch add visual appeal to your landscape, but it can also help conserve moisture in the soil.

“Water is the driving force of all nature,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci. Years later, the same remains true. Crisp water allows our yards, flowers and trees to flourish. Yet in 2014, drought affected 40 percent of the country, particularly California, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. With another growing season ahead, gardeners from coast to coast are asking, “How can I save water in my yard and garden?” Luckily, one of the most effective ways to save water in your garden is also the easiest: mulching. Mulch also suppresses weeds and looks beautiful.

Learn how to mulch to save water in five easy steps from Shawn Fitzgerald, ISA certified arborist and technical advisor at Davey Tree.

1. Choose the right mulch. To save water in the garden, use organic mulch because it breaks down and conditions the soil. Non-organic mulches remain on the surface and block water and air, meaning you may have to remove them later.

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Pick the Right Trees for Drought-Prone Landscapes

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If you live in a drought-prone area, there are certain tree species you should consider planting in your landscape vs. others that are not quite so drought-resistant.

The following blog post has been adapted from a piece Davey contributed to the Association of Professional Landscape Designers' (APLD) Spring 2015 issue of The Designer magazine. Persistent drought conditions across the southwestern U.S. illustrate the need for landscape designs that can endure harsh drying trends.

The challenge lies in meeting low-water demands without sacrificing beauty or functionality.

By choosing the right tree, you can create a landscape with all the benefits trees have to offer—even for clients located in hot, dry climates.

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Why Your Trees Don't Appreciate Fluctuating Temperatures, Either

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This image, as well as two others below, show signs of frost damage to plants. Unfortunately, you can't predict when frost will occur and damage your plant material. But proper tree and shrub care year round will help your plants stay healthy and be more likely to survive.

Spring is here, but that doesn’t mean a few frosty mornings won’t surprise us every now and then before we approach the warmer summer months. Before you store away your winter coats, gloves and hats for good, be aware of what frost damage can do to your trees and shrubs. Frost can damage plant material during—and after—the growing season. Unfortunately, you can’t predict when frost will occur. It could strike before leaf buds emerge, or even after flowers blossom.

Because plants break dormancy by late spring, a frost at that time could cause more damage to trees and shrubs than an early spring frost.

“Dormancy provides natural antifreeze to plants,” says Debbie Miller, senior diagnostician and plant pathologist for the Davey Institute. “Once dormancy ends and that internal chemical change within plants occurs, a hard frost, in particular, could cause some major damage.”

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Countdown to National Arbor Day: Celebrating Arbor Day Superhero Style

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Superheroes help plants, too! Here, a student waters a tree a Davey Resource Group employee helped plant on Arbor Day in 2014.

We’re excited for Arbor Day, are you? In preparation for National Arbor Day—celebrated on the last Friday in April—we will post stories about TREE-ific Arbor Day events at which Davey crews have participated. You can look forward to reading a new Arbor Day blog post each week this month!   Davey is passionate about volunteering for Arbor Day events leading up to the national holiday. Let’s take a look back to one of the TREE-mendous events that took place last year.

Celebrating Arbor Day Superhero Style                                                                        

Carrot Girl, Garden Man, Butterfly Girl, Gold Man and their 15 other cape-cladded classmates joined volunteers from Davey Resource Group (DRG) and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)  to celebrate Arbor Day in Kern, California, last year.

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The National Champion Tree of Coffee County, Georgia

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As the sun sweeps across the sky, Georgia's national champion eastern redcedar delicately shades headstones in Coffee County's Lone Hill Cemetery.

Trees scatter Coffee County's Lone Hill Cemetery, but Georgia's national champion eastern redcedar surely stands out among the rest--its crown spread reaches the equivalent of a quarter of a football field. For cemetery visitors, there's no mistaking this giant. Standing under the legendary redcedar, you're instantly encapsulated by its overwhelming open crown, providing leaves and shade all around you. This large, graceful redcedar grows 57 feet tall with a crown spread of more than 75 feet.

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, including Georgia's national champion eastern redcedar tree. 

Do you know a big tree you'd like to see recognized in American Forests' National Big Tree Program? Nominate it here!

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