Yes They Can February 16, 2012
I didn't appreciate my view from the sky until I met some special kids.
It was two or three days into Fresh Air Camp at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, Ohio. A few of the arborists from The Davey Tree Expert Company I recognized from the pruning and other maintenance I had experienced in the past few weeks. From what I could see between branches, they were standing below, putting together cables, ropes and harnesses. It looked like they were preparing for some sort of activity for the campers.
Then, I noticed some medical and student volunteers guiding a few of the children toward me. Some looked excited; others looked nervous. As they arrived beneath the canopy, I watched as each of their chins gradually turned up toward the clouds, seeking my topmost branch, such wonder in their eyes. Fifty feet is nothing to me - I live it every day. But what does 50 feet mean to them?Read More
Frozen in Time? February 7, 2012
After the fluctuating mild temperatures we've experienced recently, I was shocked to see my oak tree covered in ice the other morning.
Icicles hung from the branches, thawing as the sun began to rise. My eyes followed the glistening ice crystals and water droplets down the trunk and into the ground above the roots.
That got me thinking: How do freezing temperatures affect my trees? Of course, water is essential to life, but does this necessarily apply to the winter months as well? Or are trees and other plants just frozen in time and forced to wait for replenishment until spring arrives?Read More
Seeking A Winter Color Fix January 26, 2012
Now that Mother Nature's typical winter persona has dumped inches (and feet) of snow onto my home, car and landscape, I find myself wishing there was something more to look at besides the blinding, stark blankets of white that now cover just about anything in sight.
How many more weeks are there until spring?
As others might look forward to Valentine's Day this time of the year, I spend my January counting down the days until Feb. 2, or Groundhog Day. It's funny how serious I take Punxsutawney Phil's reaction to the sunlight, or lack thereof. But who among us hasn't hoped the groundhog wouldn't see his shadow so we could quickly cross winter off of the list and start planning for warming days and blooming plants?Read More
City Trees Can Get By With a Little Help From Their Friends January 18, 2012
My dad kept a ficus tree for 27 years before it grew too tall and too wide to keep indoors during the winter months.
I was convinced that tree was his first child. My dad kept up on watering, cleaned out the sparse dead leaves when necessary and, in the summer, staked the tree container in our backyard to avoid damage from strong winds. Among the vegetables in his garden and the perennials we planted together each spring, it was quite obvious that ficus meant a lot to my dad.
When he decided to give his tree away for indoor space limitations, my dad posted ads in the classifieds for an appropriate and trusting new owner. Although he was giving away the tree at no cost, my dad screened the callers with questions to be sure his ficus tree ended up in the right hands.Read More