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  • Peace, Love and Japanese Maples

    One of my favorite trees is the Japanese maple.

    I have a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple in my landscape. Its new foliage is bright red in spring and darkens to a beautiful reddish-purple in summer. In my partially shaded side yard it maintains this color, but in full sun it would show greener leaves. Its fine, delicate leaves are seven-palmed, and the fall color is an extraordinary crimson.

    Among gray and beige stone steps, green shrubbery and turf and white blossoms, the burgundy Japanese maple leaves bring extraordinary texture, color and contrast. A Japanese maple typically has a height and spread of 15 to 25 feet, a muscular trunk and branches and a symmetrical canopy. It's a strong addition to a garden without being overpowering.

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  • Keep the Peace

    Trees and turf - two pieces to the landscape puzzle - yet despite the fact that people like them in close proximity, they don't always play nice together on the playground.

    The reason? In certain situations, they steal each other's nutrients, water and sunlight. And it's now - in the heat of summer - when the bullies show their true colors. Turf, for instance, will brown underneath a tree even though the area is shaded because the turf is in a fierce competition with the tree for available water.

    But, according to The Davey Tree Expert Company Tech Advisor Greg Mazur, a homeowner or property manager can eliminate the outdoor battles and aesthetic nightmares trees and turf can cause with proper plant selection and placement, a thoughtful look ahead on what those plants will look like in the future, and good care and cultural practices.

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  • Just Breathe

    Take a deep breath.

    Hold it.

    OK, now let it out.

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  • 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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  • 10 Types of Common Live Christmas Trees and Their Advantages

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year–and our favorite part of the season! The hunt for the perfect tree will go much smoother if you already know the type of tree you want.

    Without further ado, here are the pros and cons of the top 10 most common live Christmas tree types.

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