Davey Tree Service Blog: Tree Care Tips & Checklists

  • Davey Delivers on a Day of Service

    Davey crews participate in numerous service projects all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the year.  Read below for a service project with which a Davey utility services crew was involved. Since 1994, Congress has designated the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday as a national day of service. That is why the City of Orlando, Florida, teamed up with the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Davey Tree to create an annual day of service event called “Seedlings for Civil Rights.”

    “It is important to give back and show appreciation to our clients,” says Mike Mittiga, operations manager, Davey utility services in Orlando, Florida. This year, Mittiga helped coordinate a service project on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    The event consists of an entire day of volunteer opportunities to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Davey employees volunteered to “clean-up and spruce-up” Barker Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

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  • Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk Receives TREEtment from Davey

    There is plenty of love for trees among the crews at Davey's Atlanta residential tree services all year long. But more recently, employees have joined efforts involved with recognizing and protecting big trees. Read one of their stories below:  Something about a certain Turkeyfoot red oak tree caught Chris Heim’s eye as he was walking through Newtown Park with his wife one morning.

    The tree was standing near a proposed Vietnam War Memorial site, reminding Heim of his brother, who he lost in that war.

    Heim’s encounter with the Turkeyfoot red oak at that particular location encouraged him to become involved with the creation of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk—and protection of surrounding trees. He donated the tree care services of Davey’s Atlanta tree services to benefit the existing trees onsite, including the Turkeyfoot red oak.

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  • Shaping Up a Shaken Site

    When heavy winds and rain and bouts of hot, humid air subside, it's the perfect time to take advantage of the otherwise pleasant summertime conditions and enjoy what your favorite local park has to offer.

    Whether you're seeking a shaded spot on the ground to settle into your favorite book, an open lawn for impromptu ball games, or a scenic view of the town, parks provide us with a variety of special places and spaces for countless seasonal activities. But without a bit of extra TLC, the grass grows a little less green, the tree tops tremble a bit in the breeze and sometimes, the most invasive plants take over the land you look forward to frequenting through the end of summer's sunshine.

    That's when local arborists can help. The tree care skills and abilities demonstrated by Guy Pardee, district manager with The Care of Trees, a subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company, when a local park grew awry, for example, offered a solution to restoring one of park lovers' most prized local getaways for the sake of increased future visitations and enjoyment.

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  • Fear of the Swarm

    Within the past few weeks, we've finally witnessed some consistency among the temperatures we experience day-to-day. They have warmed, telling us summer is near, and, at last, we can breathe a sigh of relief.

    But just when we assume summer will wash all our worries away, the creepy crawlies that have burrowed beneath our landscapes for nearly two decades detect that same warmth and emerge, their metallic tin-pan shriek reminding us that our trees might require a bit of extra attention.

    Once the ground temperature reaches above 64 degrees, 13- to 17-year-old periodical cicada broods surface from below to breed. We expect a majority of this year's cicada brood - which could contain millions of cicadas that emerge in the same synchronized generation - to affect trees within states along the East Coast. States that predict an encounter with an excessive cicada population include Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, D.C.

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