Davey Tree Service Blog: Tree Care Tips & Checklists

  • Keep Your Cool

    I took my kids to the zoo today.

    And it was hot.

    While 81 degrees really isn't that scorching, the humidity was 90 percent. It was muggy - that kind of humid where your skin feels sticky and clammy, your breath short, your clothes clingy and your feet heavy.

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  • The Dog: Not Always a Tree’s Best Friend

    There is a dog in our neighborhood. He is an old golden retriever who is never on a leash. When other dogs pass by, he lets out weak barks - more like huffs, actually.

    Johnny Utah is his name. He's a sweet dog with a bit of a sad, wise face that usually wears a red bandana. In fact, he reminds me of a friend of his name sake - the character Keanu Reeves plays in 1991's hit "Point Break." Like Patrick Swayze's Bodhi, he's like an old surfer dog.

    But unlike Bodhi and his gang, he is never suspected of mischief. Yet I know he causes death and destruction in front yards up and down the street. I have seen him commit countless murders … and I suspect his involvement in others even though I haven't been an eye witness. Mark my words: Soft, fluffy, golden-haired Johnny Utah is a killer.

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  • Rain, Rain, Go This Way

    It's been raining a lot this week. And my kids have been singing, "Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day."

    But sitting here I realize that rain is the ultimate sensory experience - a melodic drip-drop-drip-drop. I listen to the trickle of the rain as I read a story on the Web about how emergency water restrictions can become permanent in San Diego.

    Water - in some places in North America there is too little and in others there is too much. And when there's too much in the wrong spot, water can collect and sit stagnant as a mosquito breeding ground or runoff into places where you'd least like it … like the basement.

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  • Holes

    I was folding my lace tablecloth that I air-dried outside after washing out a stain as a result of coffee spilled during a weekend get together. And as I was bringing two ends of the fabric neatly together, the sun shone through my back patio doors and beamed through the holes in the lace.

    If you've ever seen these neat pinpoints of light come through the intricate shaped holes in this delicate fabric, then you have an idea what viburnum leaf beetle damage looks like on the shrub's velvety emerald leaves. The reason it's on my mind lately is because the pest is particularly bad this year, according to Greg Mazur, one of our many arboricultural gurus (or officially, technical service advisors) at The Davey Institute.

    The term used to describe this damage done by the beetle larvae in spring is skeletonized. Then irregular holes are chewed into the leaves by the beetle adults in summer. Unfortunately, branch dieback follows the rapid defoliation. In one to three years, viburnums are toast.

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  • When Do Tree Leaves Come Back in Spring?

    We can use clues to predict when trees typically leaf out.

    Find out when trees bloom and grow new leaves in your region - and see if it's an issue if your tree is not growing leaves yet in spring! 

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