True Blue December 1, 2011
As families recover from consuming heaping dishes of traditional delights during Thanksgiving weekend, they can crank up the holiday tunes, dive into boxes of decorations in reds, greens and golds, and begin thinking about another seasonal holiday that will be here before they know it. That's right, I'm talking about Christmas.
Within the coming weeks, you'll notice evergreen trees more clearly, scattered among their deciduous friends in your landscape. Their colors, blends of blues and greens, will dominate your visual attention over the bare, brown branches and blankets of white snow.
You'll also see evergreens appear in your neighbors' large front windows, dazzling those who walk by as sparkling crystal ornaments reflect tiny bulbs in bright, bold colors.Read More
Oh, Christmas Tree! November 22, 2011
Some of my best Christmas memories involve me bundling up my family and taking them for an adventure in what we pretend is the wild (e.g. tree farm) to find a perfect Christmas tree for the holiday season.
We choose THE tree. We take photos with the tree. We even bring a little bit of tinsel and a couple of bows to decorate the tree, getting into the holiday spirit and marking it as our very own for Christmas. Then we get it home, and the warm and wonderful smell of pine fills our house throughout the season. Next, we get out the big boxes and bins full of baubles, beads, bangles and balls for the tree. Everyone helps decorate. After we're finished, we sit near the tree and sip hot chocolate in our pajamas, marveling at how the lights and ornaments sparkle and shimmer until everyone starts to get tired. As I tuck each child in for the night, I swear I can see imaginary sugarplums dancing over their heads as they close their sleepy eyes.
Our favorite Christmas trees over the years have been Fraser firs, Douglas firs, white pines and scotch pines. And, yes, despite the abundance of artificial trees on the market, we still stick to our time-honored tradition of getting a real tree. Some people feel that getting a real tree puts them on Santa's naughty list when it comes to being "green." However, there are many environmentally friendly reasons a real Christmas tree can still be a big part of your holidays.Read More
Thankful for Trees November 11, 2011
I was running errands this weekend, minding my own business and wrapped up in my own thoughts. I walked hugging my sweater to me as I checked tasks off of my list, feeling the first of the cooler breezes that will become the norm as fall soon ends and winter begins.
That's when I first noticed it.
The preparations - they were being made all around me. The rearranging. The reorganizing. The unpacking and dusting off of things that have been asleep for nearly a year.Read More
Surviving Snowtober November 8, 2011
Autumn - when lively green leaves turn to ruby, gold, orange, brown … and white.
Fall color viewing was cut short by a rare, record nor'easter that piled heavy, wet snow in every Northeast state from Maryland to Maine, burying autumn leaves in as much as 30 inches of white, and causing power outages and falling and broken tree branches.
Events like this unusually early snowstorm, while unfortunate, are all valuable opportunities to observe and learn what makes your trees durable and what makes them more susceptible to damage, explains R.J. Laverne, a master arborist and The Davey Tree Expert Company's manager of education and training.Read More