Davey Tree Service Blog: Tree Care Tips & Checklists

  • How to Spot, Identify and Combat Leaf Disease On Trees

    Each fall, we look forward to watching trees transform. Their leaves transition from a robust green into a speckled medley of fiery reds, oranges and yellows.

    Yet, you may spot something else, too.

    If your leaves have dark spots, odd colors or a distorted shape, a leaf disease could be the problem.

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  • The Difference Between Promoting Proper Plant Health Care and a Misdiagnosis

    Diagnosis is an important step in discovering which tree and plant pests, diseases and other problems are affecting your landscape’s health and beauty. So, what makes a plant material sample good and helpful vs. not-so-helpful?

    Davey’s Debbie Miller, senior diagnostician and plant pathologist at the Davey Institute, discusses what she looks for in a good plant sample. Here are Miller’s 7 Steps to Collecting a Good Tree Sample:

    Step 1: Contact an Arborist for Help. If you see shrub or tree leaf spots or discoloration, bark splitting, or other signs of disease and insect infestation, contact your local professionally trained arborist to investigate your plant. The arborist will either diagnose the problem on the spot or send in a proper sample to the lab for further tests and treatment options.

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  • It's #EABAwarenessWeek: How to Protect Your Trees from EAB Infestation

    It’s the lean, mean, green pest that continues to infect and kill ash trees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Find out how close you are to emerald ash borer infestations and what you can do about this pest. Emerald ash borer (EAB) has destroyed millions of ash trees and devastated the tree canopy cover throughout portions of North America. EAB was identified in North America in Michigan in 2002, but it likely first arrived in wood cargo crates from Asia as much as a decade earlier.

    Here’s how you can manage EAB:

    1. Recognize signs of EAB:

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  • Are Your Trees and Shrubs Safe from Invasive Diseases?

    Davey employee Kyle McLoughlin discusses invasive disease-spreading pests at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario. Consulting Arborist Kyle McLoughlin, from Davey Resource Group in Ontario, has researched lethal pests for years. He has presented his findings on invasive and endangered species conservation at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

    “I love ecology,” McLoughlin explains. “The research is so fascinating and keeps coming up at work. It’s great to have a career that relates to my passion.”

    McLoughlin was invited to lecture at the Royal Botanical Gardens through his connections in the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of wild plants and animals. He frequently leads interpretive hikes and has presented previous lectures through the organization.

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