In the Shade

Here, you'll find our musings on trees, tree facts and news, tree photos, tree videos and other thoughts focusing on our passion for our greatest natural resource. Join us in the shade!

  • Are All Ash Trees Susceptible to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

    Are All Ash Trees Susceptible to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

    A Davey blog reader reached out to ask if all ash tree species were susceptible to this pest and if the borer prefers younger trees or more mature ones. If you think your trees are vulnerable to...

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  • Fast Growing Trees That Deer Likely Won’t Damage

    Fast Growing Trees That Deer Likely Won’t Damage

    Some fast-growing trees can sprout upwards of two feet per year. And, some hungry deer can chomp off a good chunk of a tree in just a few months. Below, read about what to do if you’re looking...

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  • Should I Alternate Directions Each Time I Mow?

    Should I Alternate Directions Each Time I Mow?

    Read about why you absolutely should change up the route each time you mow. And, get tips on the best mowing patterns for your machine. 

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  • Spotted Woodpecker Damage On Your Tree? Here’s What To Do

    Spotted Woodpecker Damage On Your Tree? Here’s What To Do

    Woodpeckers love our trees. They drill their beaks into a trunk in search of food, leaving wounds that can hurt trees down the line. If you suspect a woodpecker has been poking at your tree, read...

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  • How Much Space Should I Leave Between Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs?

    How Much Space Should I Leave Between Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs?

    Just like us, plants have to be mindful of their neighbors. Read on to learn about what to look out for before planting a new tree, and how much space plants need to spread out.

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  • How Often Should You Prune To Fix A Topped Tree?

    How Often Should You Prune To Fix A Topped Tree?

    Davey blog reader asked, how many times per year should a topped tree be pruned? Help your tree get on the road to recovery with the timing tips below.

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  • How To Memorialize A Beloved Tree You Have To Remove (Ideas)

    How To Memorialize A Beloved Tree You Have To Remove (Ideas)

    Trees have a way of leaving a mark that makes us cherish them while they’re alive and deeply miss them once they’re gone. Below, read up on a variety of ways you can remember your beloved tree...

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  • What Is The White Stuff Growing On My Mulch?

    What Is The White Stuff Growing On My Mulch?

    It’s unpleasant, unattractive, some might even say icky. But it’s a common problem that can pop up in our yards. It’s slime mold. Also known as “dog vomit fungus” or “scrambled egg fungus". Keep...

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  • Maximize Your Yard's Curb Appeal to Homebuyers

    Maximize Your Yard's Curb Appeal to Homebuyers

    Putting your home on the market? Get your yard ready! Breeze through the tips below to get your yard in good shape before a sale.

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  • Recommended Lawn Mowing Heights By Season (Spring, Summer, Fall)

    Recommended Lawn Mowing Heights By Season (Spring, Summer, Fall)

    We all know trees change throughout the year, but did you know lawns are also meant to change with the seasons? Below, read through the best height to mow your lawn based on the time of year and...

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  • My Tree Was Struck By Lightning. What Do I Do?

    My Tree Was Struck By Lightning. What Do I Do?

    Lightning can injure trees to the point that they need to be removed for safety. But, let’s dig a little deeper into what could be going on with your lightning-struck tree.

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  • Add Value To Your Yard Before Putting Your Home on the Market

    Add Value To Your Yard Before Putting Your Home on the Market

    When you’re prepping your home to put it up for sale, you want to get the best bang for your buck. Investing in your landscape can boost your home’s value by 10 to 20 percent. Keep reading to...

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  • How To Properly Install A Tree Swing And Avoid Damage To My Tree

    How To Properly Install A Tree Swing And Avoid Damage To My Tree

    Who doesn't love a good ol’ fashioned tree swing? With the right tree and proper tools, you’ll be swinging in the breeze in no time. Read on to learn about the best approach to creating a...

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  • My Tree Has Empty Spots With No Leaves. What Should I Do?

    My Tree Has Empty Spots With No Leaves. What Should I Do?

    Ever looked at your tree and thought something’s missing? Let’s get into the potential reasons why your trees, might have leafless spots.

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  • The Best Dual Indoor And Outdoor Plants for All Conditions

    The Best Dual Indoor And Outdoor Plants for All Conditions

    Worried you have way too much shade or far too much sunlight to successfully grow plants in your yard or home? Below, read through the best plants for all conditions.

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  • Are Exposed Tree Roots a Bad Thing? Get to the Root of the Problem

    Are Exposed Tree Roots a Bad Thing? Get to the Root of the Problem

    Exposed tree roots make it tough to landscape your yard and leave your trees vulnerable to damage. Read on to learn how surface roots can affect the health of your tree.

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  • Can My Trees Get Too Much Rain?

    Can My Trees Get Too Much Rain?

    Below, read about what happens when trees get drenched in too much water and what you can do to help them cope.

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  • Do Tree Watering Bags Work?

    Do Tree Watering Bags Work?

    Tree watering bags come with a promise to slowly release water directly to tree roots. Question is, do these bags really work? Keep reading for more on tree watering bags and other common...

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  • Can I Use a Hedge Trimmer or Pole Saw to Trim My Trees?

    Can I Use a Hedge Trimmer or Pole Saw to Trim My Trees?

    Can a hedge trimmer double as a tree-pruning tool? Or, are pole saws OK to use on trees? Read on to learn about the trimming tools that work best on trees and the ones that don’t.

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  • How Do I Get Rid of Ground Ivy or Creeping Charlie in My Yard?

    How Do I Get Rid of Ground Ivy or Creeping Charlie in My Yard?

    When it comes to the peskiest, persistent and downright unwanted garden weed, Creeping Charlie might just take the cake. Learn how you can get rid of this relentless weed and stop it from coming back.

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