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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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  • What Happens If Trees Bud Too Early?

    What Happens If Trees Bud Too Early?

    With the warm weather, it feels more like spring than winter. In fact, you may have seen trees budding or even blooming already. Is it bad if trees start budding when it’s technically still winter?

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  • Stop Deer from Eating Arborvitae Trees (Even Emerald Green)

    Stop Deer from Eating Arborvitae Trees (Even Emerald Green)

    Arborvitae trees are one of deer's favorite snacks-especially in winter. But, they're likely one of your favorite plants, too! So, how do you keep deer from eating arborvitae trees? Learn the...

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  • Salt Tolerant Evergreen Trees (By Zone and Region)

    Salt Tolerant Evergreen Trees (By Zone and Region)

    Noticed yellow, pale or brown needles on your evergreens in winter? Winter salt may be the issue because it drys plants out. Select salt-tolerant evergreens to avoid the problem next year.

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  • Tree Branches Hanging Over or Touching Roof? Do This…

    Tree Branches Hanging Over or Touching Roof? Do This…

    One day, you notice your trees are getting a bit too comfortable. Their branches are hanging over your house. Learn how to safely fix tree branches touching or hanging over your roof below.

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  • 3 Best Tree Trimming Tools to Own

    3 Best Tree Trimming Tools to Own

    Megan, a new homeowner, asked what tree trimming tools she should have. Since Davey has pruned trees for 135-plus years, we know what's essential. Discover the best tree trimming tools below.  

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  • 3 Best Tree Trimming Tools to Own

    3 Best Tree Trimming Tools to Own

    Megan, a new homeowner, asked what tree trimming tools she should have. Since Davey has pruned trees for 135-plus years, we know what's essential. Discover the best tree trimming tools below.  

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  • How to Tell if a Tree is Dead in Winter

    How to Tell if a Tree is Dead in Winter

    In winter, trees conserve their energy and prepare for spring. But when resting, dormant tree branches look eerily like a dead tree. Check if your tree is dead in winter or just dormant in 3 steps.

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  • How to Tell if a Tree is Dead in Winter

    How to Tell if a Tree is Dead in Winter

    In winter, trees conserve their energy and prepare for spring. But when resting, dormant tree branches look eerily like a dead tree. Check if your tree is dead in winter or just dormant in 3 steps.

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