Cherry Crush May 4, 2010
For centuries, trees have been planted to honor an accomplishment, important milestone or rite of passage - birth, graduation, wedding, retirement, death, to name a few.
And the specific type of tree chosen usually has some symbolic meaning relative to the event. For instance, the oak tree has always been a symbol of strength and courage - "the mighty oak," they always say. And the Bonsai tree has long symbolized harmony, peace and balance.
When someone plants one tree to mark a triumph, it's quite significant. But in early April this year, when I was in Washington, D.C. traveling for Davey Tree, I saw such a stunning display of trees and realized when someone plants many trees in a symbolic fashion, the result can be extraordinary.Read More
Happy Arbor Day! April 30, 2010
Don't worry, I won't be long-winded today. Just hope you'll join me in celebrating National Arbor Day. If you're a tree buff like I am, this is truly a great holiday!
While you're celebrating your trees today, take a few minutes and check out a website that some of my friends at Davey just launched. It's a place where you can share your tree stories and memories. I'm planning to do that myself soon, and I hope to see your story there!
Indiana Dave and the Treasures of Bridgestone April 19, 2010
This is a story of heroic adventure and preserving a great treasure.
I knew it was going to be a day of discovery when I arrived on the scene on a Tuesday morning, just as they unearthed the behemoth. (I've posted a few photos and have also shot a quick video of moving day, and yes, I'm a fan of 80s rock.)
Davey arborists had carefully used tools of all shapes and sizes to capture 40 percent of the giant root ball that belonged to a Black Tupelo tree, commonly known as Black Gum. It took three days to encase the sinewy snakes that made up the roots. The careful and extensive digging almost made it seem as if they were going to stumble upon a lost tomb or prehistoric fossil.Read More
You Can’t Judge a Tree by its Bark April 15, 2010
Today is my birthday. I'm 40 years old, and I'm not happy about it.
Now I've always been told I have a youthful face so as I enter - gulp - middle age, I realize that I might be able to lie about my age and get away with it. Maybe shave just a few years off the top and linger around 38 for awhile.
And then I realize as I observe an oak I'm evaluating for a customer that a tree never has this option.Read More