Talking Trees with Davey Tree

Talking Trees with Davey Tree

Your trees and landscapes require care year round, and The Davey Tree Expert Company is here to help. Join our certified arborists and host Doug Oster every Thursday to learn all about caring for your trees and yards. We'll talk about introduced pests, seasonal tree care, deer damage, how to make your trees thrive and everything in between. So, what are you waiting for? Your trees need you!

Episodes

June 17, 2021 15 min

Gail Nozal from Davey Resource Group talks about how to identify trees on your property, as well as how to identify trees that are stressed and on the decline. 

In this episode we cover:

  • Arborists identifying trees and Dichotomous Key (0:40)
  • Many apps to use (1:57) (read our tree identification blog for specific apps)
  • What is the Davey Resource Group? (2:48)
  • Tree diversity (3:22)
  • Signs of a tree on the decline (6:03)
  • Turning brown from th...
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    Dash Schenck from Davey's Portland, Oregon, office continues sharing some of the top 10 mistakes he has seen homeowners make with their trees. Be sure you don't repeat these same mistakes on your own properties! 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Cutting roots (0:42)
  • Annual pruning (3:29)
  • Starting projects you can't finish (6:14)
  • Construction damage (11:02)
  • Volcano mulch (13:23)
  • Fertilizer (15:29)
  • How Dash started his job (16:54)
  • To fi...

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    Dash Schenck from Davey's Portland, Oregon, office shares some of his top 10 mistakes he has seen homeowners make with their trees. Be sure you don't repeat these same mistakes on your own properties! Tune back in next Thursday for the rest of Dash's list. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Tree topping (1:31)
  • Planting too deep (3:43)
  • Backfilling (6:33)
  • Wrong tree, wrong place (7:18)
  • Overplanting (9:10)
  • Improper pruning (10:02)
  • Timing...
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    Chris Ellwood from Davey's West Columbus office shares the best trees he recommends for your backyard. Whether you're looking for trees for sunny areas or wet spots in your yard, he has the answers! Chris also shares how to do a tree safety check before you head outside for the summer and when you should get a professional involved. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • How to find the best backyard tree (0:47)
  • Black Gum tree (4:18)
  • Tree...
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    Miles Stephens from Davey's South Pittsburgh office talks about native trees he recommends, as well as the Pawpaw tree!

    In this episode we cover:

  • Classifying native trees and their benefits (0:52 )
  • Native trees and the weather/climates (2:03)
  • Sourwood tree (4:17)
  • Serviceberry tree (6:29)
  • Redbud tree - edible pods and flowers (8:22 )
  • Scarlet Oak tree (10:14)
  • Pawpaw trees and fruit (11:56)
  • How Miles started his job (16:21)
  • To find your lo...

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    Kerry Gray, principal consultant for urban forestry at Davey Resource Group is joined with Omar Leon, urban forester for the City of Miami Beach to discuss what urban forestry is, why urban forestry is important and what you can do to help urban foresters reach their goal.

    In this episode we cover:

  • What Kerry and Omar are working on (0:56)
  • Kerry's role in urban forestry (2:47)
  • Trees in Miami Beach (4:18)
  • 10-20-30 rule (5:59)
  • Defining...
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    May 6, 2021 29 min

    Robert Dallmann from Davey's Chesapeake, Maryland, office talks about how to properly prune spring flowering trees on your property, as well as how an arborist can help.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Flowering trees and when to prune (0:43)
  • Pruning - an art or a science? (5:08)
  • Crape Myrtle (6:35)
  • Bradford Pear (7:47)
  • Other flowering trees (8:52)
  • Right tree right place (9:47)
  • Doug's Crabapple tree (14:46)
  • Timing when pruning trees (16:...
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    This week we are joined with the President of the Arbor Day Foundation Dan Lambe to discuss what exactly Arbor Day is and what the Arbor Day Foundation does. Listen to learn about the great programs this foundation does to promote tree planting across the globe! And don't forget to celebrate national Arbor Day this year on Friday, April 30, 2021.

    We're celebrating Arbor Day all month long with the Davey Planting Project Give...

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    Josh Behounek, business development manager for Davey Resource Group, discusses what exactly environmental justice is and what we can do to help.

    We're celebrating Arbor Day all month long with the Davey Planting Project Giveaway! We want to promote tree planting this Arbor Day, so we're giving away tree seeds to anyone and everyone who is interested! All you have to do is email a mailing address to podcasts@davey.com a...

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    Jason Henning, research urban forester for Davey Tree, discusses the human health benefits of trees and why it's important to spend time in nature and around trees.

    We're celebrating Arbor Day all month long with the Davey Planting Project Giveaway! We want to promote tree planting this Arbor Day, so we're giving away tree seeds to anyone and everyone who is interested! All you have to do is email a mailing address to p...

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    Chrissy Balk,  technical advisor for the Davey Institute, teaches us all about the science of trees, such as how photosynthesis works, how trees help with storm water runoff, how they clean the air and types of fungi and diseases. 

    We're celebrating Arbor Day all month long with the Davey Planting Project Giveaway! We want to promote tree planting this Arbor Day, so we're giving away tree seeds to anyone and everyone who is...

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    Natalie McNeill from Davey's Fort Collins, Colorado, office helps introduce our month-long celebration of Arbor Day by talking about best practices for planting a tree, as well as kicking off the Davey Planting Project Giveaway! We want to promote tree planting this Arbor Day, so we're giving away tree seeds to anyone and everyone who is interested! All you have to do is email a mailing address to podcasts@davey.com and...

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    March 25, 2021 25 min

    Chelsi Abbott, technical advisor for the Davey Institute, shares everything there is to know about small flowering trees, such as which ones she recommends for low maintenance and which ones you should stay away from. She also shares some advice for planting a tree this spring and how to make it thrive. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Flowering trees Chelsi recommends (1:08)
  • Kousa Dogwood (2:12)
  • Catalpa (4:03)
  • Japanese Lilac (6:20)
  • Partridge...
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    Travis Evans from Davey's Santa Cruz office talks about how to teach kids the importance of trees and how he teaches his own kids about them. He also shares advice for planting a tree for a memorial, how safe treehouses may or may not be and kids climbing trees.

    In this episode we cover:

  • How Travis started his job (0:43)
  • What to teach kids about trees (2:40)
  • Treehouses - are they safe for trees? (3:50)
  • Travis' family (6:17)
  • Plan...
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    Tim Holley from Davey's London office in Ontario, Canada, talks all about weather whiplash and how quick changes in temperature can affect your trees, as well as what you can do about it. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Weather whiplash - things to look for (0:53)
  • Trees that can be affected (2:11)
  • Things that can be done to help (3:30)
  • Fertilization (4:15)
  • Frost cracking (5:40)
  • Davey Tree in Canada (7:41)
  • How Tim landed at Davey Tree and h...
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    Nick St. Sauveur from Cortese Tree Specialists in Knoxville, Tennessee, shares information about what tree cabling and bracing is and if your tree would benefit from it. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • What is tree cabling? (0:54)
  • Why do some trees need to be cabled? (1:43)
  • Tree size (4:43)
  • Once it's installed, what's next? (5:13)
  • When to call an arborist (5:57)
  • Are there trees that are prone to needing cabling? (6:57) (8:33)
  • Bradford p...
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    February 25, 2021 16 min

    Dana Karcher, area manager and project developer for Davey Resource Group, Inc., talks about how trees help wildlife, the best trees for them and how you can help.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Why are trees good for wildlife? (0:52)
  • Best trees for wildlife (1:47)
  • Oak trees (3:06)
  • Walnut trees (3:39)
  • Squirrels and racoons (4:26)
  • Birds (5:34) (10:28)
  • Insects (7:37)
  • Dana's job at Davey Resource Group, Inc. (8:40) (14:37)
  • Pollinators (13:55)
  • To...

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    February 18, 2021 13 min

    Auxilio Tovar from Davey's Chicago office talks about the best wood to use in your fireplace, safety tips when handling a chainsaw and how to determine when you should leave work for an expert.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Softwood vs. hardwood in fireplaces (1:13)
  • Letting wood sit before burning it (2:57)
  • Chainsaw safety gear (4:31)
  • Determining what work to leave for the pros (6:40)
  • Chainsaw sharpening (9:03)
  • How Auxilio started his jo...
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    R.J. Laverne, Manager of Education and Training for Davey Tree, talks about identifying maple trees, who can make syrup and what to do about frost cracking on your trees.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Benefits of Sugar Maples (0:45)
  • Maple syrup making (2:53)
  • Frost cracking (6:13)
  • Species prone to frost cracking (8:20)
  • Young trees and damage to circulatory system (9:45)
  • Port of entry for decay producing organisms (11:24)
  • Anything you can do? (...
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    Josh Fritz from Hartney Greymont, a Davey company, talks about what to look for in your landscape during the winter and how to determine what may need some attention once spring arrives.

    In this episode we cover:

  • What to look for on the landscape (0:48)
  • Sounding a tree (1:28)
  • Identifying pruning problems (3:50)
  • Fire blight (4:39)
  • Bradford pear trees (5:26)
  • How Josh started his job (7:46)
  • The old way arborists climbed trees (9:41)
  • Stewartia...
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