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  • The Best Way to Clean Up Leaves (Even in a Large Yard)

    The Best Way to Clean Up Leaves (Even in a Large Yard)

    Remember how excited you were to see leaves fall when you were a kid? Now, seeing leaves cascade into the yard reminds you that you’re the one who has to clean them up. Leaf removal can feel like...

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  • Is My Tree Dying or Dead? Here’s How to Tell and What You Can Do

    Is My Tree Dying or Dead? Here’s How to Tell and What You Can Do

    Bryan, a Davey blog reader from British Columbia was “concerned that some of our trees might be dying or in danger of falling on our house or other buildings,” and wanted to know some dying tree...

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  • Signs and Symptoms of Tree Stress (Plus Treatment)

    Signs and Symptoms of Tree Stress (Plus Treatment)

    While wandering the yard, did you spot something that looked a bit unusual? Perhaps a bare branch that’s usually bursting with leaves? Keep reading to find out if what you spotted is a serious or...

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  • Grass Turning Yellow After Fertilizing? Here’s How to Repair.

    Grass Turning Yellow After Fertilizing? Here’s How to Repair.

    Did you recently fertilize and now spot yellow grass, brown spots or streaking? You may have over fertilized your lawn. Look for these symptoms of fertilizer burn, then learn how to repair your turf.

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  • What Month Do Leaves Change Color and Fall Off Trees?

    What Month Do Leaves Change Color and Fall Off Trees?

    Now that you’ve survived the last hot day of summer, you’re looking forward to the next big thing: fall's leaf change! Learn what month your tree leaves will likely change color and fall this autumn.

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  • Best Time to Overseed Lawn (Midwest, Northeast, South, West)

    Best Time to Overseed Lawn (Midwest, Northeast, South, West)

    When you look out into your yard to admire its lush, green lawn, the last thing you want to see is stringy weeds, brown patches or bald spots. Overseeding is an effective remedy for those pesky...

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  • Step-by-Step: How to Clean Up the Yard and Trees After a Storm

    Step-by-Step: How to Clean Up the Yard and Trees After a Storm

    Puddles across the landscape, downed tree branches, defoliated plants–what needs your attention, and what will rebound on its own?  Learn exactly how to help your landscape recover after a big...

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  • Do Arborvitae Branches Grow Back After Deer or Storm Damage?

    Do Arborvitae Branches Grow Back After Deer or Storm Damage?

    If your arborvitae branches are bent, broken, or bare, will the tree branches grow back? There are a few simple things you can do to help arborvitaes recover.

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  • Why Are There Brown or Black Spots on My Maple Leaves?

    Why Are There Brown or Black Spots on My Maple Leaves?

    What if your maple leaves develop unsightly brown or black spots in summer? Is your tree in trouble–or even a goner? While those spots look worrisome, it’s just tar spot–a fungal disease that...

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  • What to Do When Your Japanese Maple Has Crispy or Brown Leaves

    What to Do When Your Japanese Maple Has Crispy or Brown Leaves

    When one of our readers saw her Japanese maple’s leaves rapidly turning brown, she reached out for advice, asking if fertilizer or water could help. Learn why that's happening and what you can do.

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  • Morning (Not Night) is the Best Time to Water Plants in Summer.

    Morning (Not Night) is the Best Time to Water Plants in Summer.

    How peaceful is it to stand under your towering trees, listen to the falling water and see the morning sun shine? Watering plants and trees in the morning is best for your plants–and good for...

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  • How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in Summer, Fall and Spring

    How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in Summer, Fall and Spring

    Frilly foliage is a sure sign that Japanese beetles have been chomping on your flowers and trees. Luckily, there are tons of ways to do away with these leaf-loving pests.

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  • Fireproof Landscapes with Fire Resistant Plants, Trees and Shrubs

    Fireproof Landscapes with Fire Resistant Plants, Trees and Shrubs

    Wildfires are scary and can do an incredible amount of damage. Do your best to protect your home by creating a defensible space and planting fire resistant plants, trees and shrubs.

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  • Do Cicadas Damage or Eat Trees?

    Do Cicadas Damage or Eat Trees?

    It's summer, which means the rhythmic (and incessant) chirping of cicadas. If you hear or see cicadas in your yard, are they just annoying, or can they do damage?

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  • Blue Spruce Tree Needles Turning Yellow, Brown, Then Dropping? Check for…

    Blue Spruce Tree Needles Turning Yellow, Brown, Then Dropping? Check for…

    If you see yellow, brown or bare spots on your spruce trees, they may have Rhizosphaera needle cast. Learn more about what this fungus looks like, what it can do and how to control it. 

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  • Have Japanese Beetles? Check and Control Lawn Grubs Now!

    Have Japanese Beetles? Check and Control Lawn Grubs Now!

    Japanese beetles lay eggs that turn into grubs and eat your lawn in late summer and again in spring. Then, those grubs turn into Japanese beetles. Control Japanese beetle grubs this year to...

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  • Signs of Underwatering Trees or Overwatering Trees

    Signs of Underwatering Trees or Overwatering Trees

    Trees can’t tell us when they’ve had too much to drink–or when they’re dying of thirst. Instead, trees leave subtle clues that we need to decode. Is your tree getting too much, not enough or just...

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  • The Best Advice on DIY Tree Removal and Cutting

    The Best Advice on DIY Tree Removal and Cutting

    When it comes to DIY improvements, there are some projects you can handle like a pro and others you should leave to a pro. Find out if it’s ever safe and recommended to remove a tree on your own.

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  • DIY Tree Watering with Homemade Tree Watering System

    DIY Tree Watering with Homemade Tree Watering System

    Did you know more than 50 percent of a living tree’s weight is water? That H2O helps trees thrive. You want to water your tree deeply, which you can do easily with one of these tree watering systems.

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  • How to Get Rid of Ants Near Your Trees

    How to Get Rid of Ants Near Your Trees

    Some ants don’t pose a problem at all and others are out to hurt our plants. So how can you tell the difference? Read on to learn everything you need to know about these creeping critters and...

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