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
This Bud's For You April 8, 2010
In spring, most people are overeager to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. So many changes are happening around them as the landscape comes back to life. And it's quite intoxicating.
People smile more freely. There is a definite and extra bounce to everyone's step. All too quickly, they break out the shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and sunglasses. They talk at length about their first chance to fire up the grill and their initial family meal outdoors. My neighbors even race to see who can be the first to mow their lawn. It's quite refreshing … and addictive.
But the changes are happening so quickly that few stop and just observe long enough to catch the tiniest and most subtle transformations.Read More
Trees That Give Back April 5, 2010
You give and give to your trees. You treat them well and give them lots of attention, particularly during the growing season.
So they should give back to you, right? And they can … all year long.
Most landscape trees offer an abundance of color and beauty for short, intense flowering periods in spring and early summer and then again during the fall. But why couldn't you plant trees to capture attention all year long - even during the dead of winter … or just before the birth of spring buds when you're overeager for summer to arrive? A little interest here, a bit of color there. Some green here, some texture there.Read More