Oh, Deer! December 3, 2010
I recently ran into a good friend who lives on the edge of a park. She loves her acre of land and has a favorite reading spot under a large tree where it's shady, cool and private.
This retreat is anchored by impressive, velvet green arborvitae. Since the weather began getting colder, she hadn't spent time there for a few weeks. But on one recent, Indian summer weekend, she headed to her favorite spot only to find chunks taken out of her arborvitae up to about 4 or 5 feet. Just a tuft of green remained at the top of each plant.
Six or seven years ago, Davey Resource Group Biologist Ken Christensen had a similar problem, caused by a majestic and elusive creature - a deer.Read More
Cold, Corns & Cones November 22, 2010
In many areas of the country, it's getting colder, and trees are becoming more and more bare. People are coming outside with more than just a sweatshirt on - I've seen my fair share of mittens and scarves on the colder mornings as people venture out, their breaths forming clouds of white around their heads.
But just because the amount of leaves on the ground are disappearing in recycle bags and mulch piles doesn't mean the trees don't leave other interesting remnants behind to collect, observe and get crafty with. I'm taking about acorns and pinecones.
Each acorn, sometimes referred to as oak nut because it comes from the oak tree, contains a single seed in a tough, leathery brown shell with a cup-shaped, textured top - kind of like a bowler hat.Read More
Indiana Dave and the Uncovering of the Stafford Flint Furnace November 22, 2010
"I'm a history nut," Frank Fogle, who's been a Davey employee for 15 years, tells me, describing how he tracked down his family history and knows his ancestors came from Russia in the late 1800s, and his grandmother was brought to the States by a U.S. colonel in 1954.
Needless to say, this guy knows his history.
But when describing a recent tree pruning job, he says, humbly and curbing his excitement: "It was just a normal day at work."Read More
Let it Snow! November 15, 2010
It seems to happen suddenly, even though I know the actual preparation and execution of the task takes at least one weekend.
But to the busy and casual observer, it seems swift.
One minute, the neighbors have patio furniture, a garden statuary, bird feeders, sand boxes, and plastic children's houses in the yard.Read More