Davey Tree Service Blog: Tree Care Tips & Checklists

  • Davey Volunteers Show Tribute Through Action at Arlington National Cemetery

    In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, which lands on May 25 this year, we are highlighting services Davey has performed at cemeteries across the U.S. Below is a story about the work of Davey volunteers and others at Arlington National Cemetery last year.

    Whether they want to visit a family member who lost his or her life while serving the U.S., pay respects to individuals who are currently protecting the country or see a historic American monument, nearly four million people travel to the iconic Arlington National Cemetery each year.

    Arlington National Cemetery grounds include 624 acres of grassland, an impressive tree canopy and bountiful shrubs and plants. With such massive landscapes that preserve the memory of the country’s heroes, sometimes, a little help is required.

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  • Davey Tree Detectives Discover a Secret Nearly 100 Years Old Within a White Oak Tree

    Its precarious stature leaned over the precious landscape below, casting menacing shadows upon the moonlit earth. Even the slightest breeze threatened to snap limbs from its ancient canopy and scatter them across the lawn. And as branches and small twigs danced in the wind, creaking and squeaking sounds illustrated the suffering of an old, gentle giant.

    While I could compare the description above to a scene from one of my favorite Halloween films, the "old, gentle giant" is actually a historic tree that had suffered damage from severe weather; damage that  unfortunately caused the tree's ailing health and removal from a special site.

    When historic landmarks, properties and trees, in particular, are in lieu of harmful situations, Davey steps in. A special 220-plus-year-old white oak tree with history dating to George Washington's era received this treatment. The way the tree was dangerously leaning over the landscape below, as well as the fast-approaching summer storm season, prompted Davey to take action.

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  • Spring ... with a Cherry on Top

    Washington, D.C. is already a gorgeous place with striking architecture like the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, as well as the museums and surrounding landscapes. But in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom around the Tidal Basin, brilliant mounds of white and soft pink completely surround the space like scented clouds. And, like magic, they are instantly multiplied as they are reflected in the pool. Some describe it as "breathtaking" or "a feast for the eyes." Others call it "one of nature's best shows." And, this year, a mild winter means the show might go on a bit early, according to the National Park Service.

    If you want to see the cherry blossoms during peak bloom, the Park Service suggests planning your visit between March 24th and March 28th this year. National Park Service horticulturists monitor five distinct stages of bud development to determine peak bloom, which they define as the point when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. Flowers will still be on the trees for several days on either side of peak bloom. If you prefer to see the puffy white blossoms, arrive four to six days before peak bloom, the National Park Service suggests. The floral fireworks will continue after the peak dates as well. But within one to two weeks of peak bloom, the trees will have shed their blossoms and transition to a fresh green color as the leaves come through.

    Typically, average peak bloom for D.C.'s cherry trees is April 4, but the mild winter means an earlier bloom this year. Last year's peak bloom happened March 29. Peak bloom in 2010 was March 30. Usually, cherry blossom trees survive for approximately 50 years. But the city still has just more than 100 of the original 3,000 trees given to the city by Japan in 1912. Those original trees are near the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. Thousands of other trees have been replaced or grown from the original trees' genetic line.

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