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Experienced this lately? If so, we're willing to bet you're ready for spring.

Ready for Spring? Here's Davey Tree's Plea to Punxsutawney Phil.

January 29, 2014

Polar Vortex Part II is one sequel we could do without.

Whether you've experienced the lowest of extreme freezing temperatures to hit the nation in 20 years, or you've encountered whiteout blizzards and snow-covered roadways on your commute, we're willing to bet January has you dreaming of spring. You can nearly hear the undertones of cool breezes and babbling birds … until a strong gust of winter brings you back to icy reality. It's the frigid conditions, in particular, that have us yearning for next season so soon. This week marks the second major arctic blast some Midwestern and Northern U.S. cities have experienced within a month.

Brrr!!! Fortunately for your trees, periods of sub-zero temperatures have little long-term effect on plant health. Not even bitter cold wind gusts can shake most specimens from their natural, dormant state. "Trees are just as dormant as they were three weeks ago," explains Greg Mazur, technical advisor for the Davey Institute. "We didn't experience a warm-up of temperatures in between now and then to trigger trees to start budding, so the additional extreme temperatures will cause little if any, effect."And, although the Southern states very rarely experience snowfall, the wrath of Winter Storm Leon will have little effect on their trees. "Plants native to the South should be capable of surviving," Mazur explains, adding the moisture content of snow accumulation is not high enough to damage the structure of healthy trees. So, as you watch your trees withstand the cold and snow better than you do, follow their lead, beat the winter blues and look forward to the spring season to come-whether it's sooner or later.


In light of Groundhog Day this Sunday, spring is on the mind. Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow on the morning of Feb. 2, with one responsibility: Predict the winter weather remaining this season. Only two possible outcomes exist. If Punxsutawney Phil…

  • Sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter weather will occur.
  • Does not see his shadow, an early spring will occur.

We're hoping for a cloudy Sunday morning. How about you?


So go ahead and plan for the spring tree services you'll need to keep your trees healthy all year long! Curious about which tree services you need?

Schedule a free spring consultation with your local Davey professionally trained arborist today!

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