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  • Uh Oh - My Tree Has Buds, but No Leaves? | Davey Blog

    Uh Oh - My Tree Has Buds, but No Leaves? | Davey Blog

    Why are the buds on your tree still not breaking? What's going on? Use the tips below to get to the root of the problem, and figure out the best way to help your tree.

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  • How to Dispose of Dead Ash Trees (Even If They Have EAB)

    How to Dispose of Dead Ash Trees (Even If They Have EAB)

    You know removing your EAB-infested ash tree was for the best. Then, you’re left with a pile of ash wood. Read on to learn how to safely dispose of dead ash trees that had EAB.

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  • Why Your Tree is Not Growing Leaves in Spring (Cherry, Elm & Ash)

    Why Your Tree is Not Growing Leaves in Spring (Cherry, Elm & Ash)

    What happens if your trees are still bare this late in spring? Trees may lack leaves in the middle of spring for a couple of different reasons. Learn more about why your tree is not leafing out.

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  • Newly Planted Tree Leaves Turning Brown, Yellow or Wilting? Try…

    Newly Planted Tree Leaves Turning Brown, Yellow or Wilting? Try…

    You see your brand new tree with brown, yellow or wilted leaves, which is a problem. Read on to learn what you can do to help.

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  • Landscaping Pros and Cons of Rocks Vs. Mulch

    Landscaping Pros and Cons of Rocks Vs. Mulch

    Does it matter what kind of mulch you use? Or, should you perhaps replace mulch with stones? Learn the pros and cons of mulching with an organic mulch or an inorganic mulch like rocks.

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  • How to Stake a Tree Properly (And How Long to Keep It Staked)

    How to Stake a Tree Properly (And How Long to Keep It Staked)

    After planting a new tree, does it need to be staked? Some do, and some don't. See if you should stake a new tree. If so, learn some staking trees methods and how long to keep a tree staked.

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  • Can You Stop a Fruit Tree from Leaking Sap (Cherry, Plum or Peach)?

    Can You Stop a Fruit Tree from Leaking Sap (Cherry, Plum or Peach)?

    Colleen asked, “I have a plum tree with sap coming from the trunk. Only a few branches feel fresh and healthy. The others feel dead. Is this OK?” See how to help your oozing fruit tree.

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  • Fruit, Shade and Curbside Trees with Non-Invasive Root Systems

    Fruit, Shade and Curbside Trees with Non-Invasive Root Systems

    If there are obstacles like sidewalks close to your planting site, pick a tree with a non-invasive, small root system. Below, learn the benefits of these trees and discover which tree is best for...

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

    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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  • How to Get Rid of Oak Tree Caterpillars

    How to Get Rid of Oak Tree Caterpillars

    We love oak trees! Unfortunately, tree pests like caterpillars also love eating oak tree leaves!  Read on to identify which type of caterpillar is eating your oak tree and how to control them.

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  • Plant Two Trees with a Click of a Button this Arbor Day

    Plant Two Trees with a Click of a Button this Arbor Day

    When you plant a tree, you simply feel good. Maximize that feel-good moment this year. Snap a tree picture with the #pics4trees from Earth Day, April 22 to Arbor Day, April 28, and we’ll plant...

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  • Should I Mulch Around Trees or Not? Yes, and Here’s Why

    Should I Mulch Around Trees or Not? Yes, and Here’s Why

    With the time and money it takes to mulch regularly, you’re likely wondering, “Is it worth it?” The short answer is yes! Read on to find out five ways science proves how important mulch is.

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  • Pruning Trees in Spring – Is It OK to Do?

    Pruning Trees in Spring – Is It OK to Do?

    Generally, the best time to prune most trees is when they’re leafless in winter. But as you know, with each rule of thumb, there are exceptions. Read on to learn more about spring tree pruning.

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  • Plant These Seedless Maples Without Helicopter Seeds

    Plant These Seedless Maples Without Helicopter Seeds

    We love maple trees for their gorgeous fall color but could do without their helicopter seeds! Luckily, there are seedless maple trees without helicopter seeds. Find your perfect seedless maple...

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  • Common Spring Plant and Tree Diseases Caused by Fungi

    Common Spring Plant and Tree Diseases Caused by Fungi

    Prevention is often the best protection against diseases caused by fungi. Below, find symptoms of common tree diseases to look out for this spring – and learn what to do if you find them.

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  • When Do Tree Roots Grow the Most?

    When Do Tree Roots Grow the Most?

    While it’s easy to see when trees grow new leaves, we can’t see when their tree roots are growing. Below, learn how much trees grow each season and how you can help your tree roots grow more.

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  • How to Dig Around and Trench Through Tree Roots

    How to Dig Around and Trench Through Tree Roots

    Davey blog reader, Lacretia, asked us how to dig a trench line near her 100-year old oak tree without damaging it. Read on for advice on trenching and digging around tree roots during construction.

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  • When Do Tree Leaves Come Back in Spring?

    When Do Tree Leaves Come Back in Spring?

    We can use clues to predict when trees typically leaf out. Find out when trees bloom and grow new leaves in your region - and see if it's an issue if your tree is not growing leaves yet in spring! 

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  • What to Do if a Storm Damaged My Tree?

    What to Do if a Storm Damaged My Tree?

    If you tree was damaged by a storm, learn what to do and how to (hopefully) repair it. Even if you find a broken tree limb, split tree or broken tree top, we have the info you need.  

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  • How to Control Crabgrass in Spring with Pre-Emergent

    How to Control Crabgrass in Spring with Pre-Emergent

    Fresh green grass doesn’t always make its debut alone—sometimes crabgrass threatens to steal the spotlight. Stop crabgrass from taking over your lawn by ensuring it never grows at all! Here's how.

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