Davey Tree Service Blog: Tree Care Tips & Checklists

  • Step by Step: How to Remove Grass to Mulch Around Trees

    Grass around tree roots causes problems. The turf often outcompetes the tree for nutrients, and the lawn mower can hurt tree roots.

    Learn how to remove grass around tree trunks to protect your tree!

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  • 9 Ways to Add Curb Appeal for a Quick Home Sale

    In this Angie's List article, Jeff Newborn, district manager of Davey's Kansas City residential tree services office, gives homeowners nine ways to add curb apeal to their home. With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to fix up your yard. If you are planning to sell your home, this will help prepare your house to be put on the market. Curb appeal is the No. 1 factor in determining a home sale.

    The National Association of Realtors reported in 2013 that “gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects.”

    In fact, well-maintained yards yield a higher price and quicker sale. A manicured landscape can add up to 28 percent to the overall value of a house and an attractive yard can cut a property’s time on the market up to 15 percent.

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  • The 5 Steps to Spring Landscape Success

    Temperatures are rising and the sun is shining—spring is here! The following blog post was inspired by Preparing for Spring Landscaping Success, an article from Davey Tree National Sales Manager Rich Chilcoat. The original story appeared in a Property Management Association (PMA) publication titled Bulletin: Motivators at Work That Work. If you experienced heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures in the past few months, you might not be the only one who took a beating from old man winter this year. Your trees and landscape may have suffered, too.

    Take a moment out of your day to walk around your property and assess your green space for winter stress and damage. A little time goes a long way when it comes to landscape care and maintenance.

    5 Steps to Landscape Success:

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  • How to Clean Up the Landscape After a Snowy Winter

    After a long winter, nothing beats walking outside, basking in the sunshine and spotting the first blooming daffodil or forsythia. As the snow melts and Jack Frost packs his bags, we can officially say spring is here.  Now, the only thing left to do is clean up the mess Frost left behind.

    Clean up your landscape after a snow-filled winter with these five simple tips from Shawn Fitzgerald, ISA-certified arborist and Davey technical advisor.

     Pick up the leftovers. Remove any branches, leaves, and other natural debris knocked down by winter storms, and compost. Inspect trees and shrubs. Examine trees and shrubs for cracks, splits or breaks caused by heavy snowfall. Also, “Wait for leaf out to prune to ensure you don’t cut any live branches,” Fitzgerald suggests. See a worrisome crack or break? Schedule a tree check-up with a certified arborist. Spot and fix it. Walk around your home and yard.  Repeat in a few weeks as some damage may not appear until leaf out. Look for: Crushed plant material. Check back to see if this plant recovers during spring.

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