Keep the Peace July 19, 2010
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.Read More
The Dog: Not Always a Tree’s Best Friend June 16, 2010
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.Read More