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 professional 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!


June 30, 2022 20 min

Jason Parker from Davey's North Philadelphia office shares types of bugs that can actually help our trees and how to protect them, as well as bugs that can cause severe damage to our trees. 

In this episode we cover:

  • Spotted lanternfly (0:34)
  • What can be done about bad bugs (6:15)
  • Pollinators (7:54)
  • Trees that help pollinators (9:23)
  • Linden tree (10:32)
  • Good bugs (12:41)
  • Keeping your trees healthy (13:53)
  • How Jason started his job (17:...
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    Jay Reitter from Davey's New Jersey office tells us what you should know before you plant a tree near a house, such as species that are safe to plant close and what kind of research you should do beforehand. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Right tree, right place (0:46)
  • Talking with the client (2:26)
  • Tree topping and free consultations (4:07)
  • Trees that can be planted near a house (7:10)  
  • Hornbeams (8:23)
  • Predicted heights (10:16)
  • How Jay...
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    June 16, 2022 21 min

    Dan Herms, vice president of research and development at the Davey Institute, discusses what forest fragmentation is, how it affects wildlife and your community, and what can be done about it. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • What forest fragmentation is and the impacts (0:33)
  • What can be done? (3:59)
  • Connecting of the fragments (7:21)
  • Urban planning (8:45)
  • How Dan started learning about forest fragmentation (9:27)
  • Wooster Memorial Park (10:52...
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    June 9, 2022 21 min

    Lou Meyer, business developer for Davey's mid-Atlantic region, and Rob Dallmann from Davey's Chesapeake, Maryland, office talk about how to spot what's growing on your tree and if it's safe for the tree or harmful.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Lichen (0:55) (17:28)
  • Moss (6:33)
  • Fungus (8:39)
  • Hypoxylon canker (9:52)
  • Shelf mushrooms (12:51)
  • Lou's and Rob's jobs (14:07)
  • Employee ownership at Davey (18:28)
  • To find your loca...

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    June 2, 2022 18 min

    Jason Gaskill from Davey's Wilmington, Delaware, office talks about how to prepare your trees for summer such as checking your trees before summer storms and dealing with pest problems.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Summer storms (1:13)
  • Eliminating insect populations (6:22)
  • PolyPhosphite 30™ (9:18)
  • How Jason started his job (13:42)
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    Cindy Grady, regional business developer in Minnesota, talks about why you should be thinking about your trees when adding something to your yard, such as a pool, deck, patio, etc.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Compaction (0:42)
  • Preservation (2:30)
  • Right tree, right place (3:21) (12:04)
  • Sweet gum tree (4:10)
  • Knowing where the roots will grow (5:49)
  • Building a deck around a tree (7:39)
  • Buying once (10:00)
  • What Cindy's job entails and how sh...
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    Ashley Kloes, research coordinator with the Davey Institute, talks about why Davey arborists have to consider migratory birds in their tree work, as well as some general information about migration and how you can help and feed birds in your yard. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • How Ashley started learning about birds (0:38)
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (2:13)
  • Migration (7:03)
  • What to do if you find a baby bird (11:42)
  • How to help birds (14:25)
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    May 5, 2022 17 min

    Tim Jackson from Davey's West San Antonio office talks about how to correctly prune flowering trees, as well as how he first learned how to prune and his favorite trees in Texas.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Winter in Texas (0:50)
  • Pruning flowering trees (1:16) 
  • Educating clients (2:24)
  • Lateral limbs (4:13)
  • How Tim learned how to prune trees (4:59)
  • Pruning apples trees (5:42)
  • Artistic side of pruning (6:38) (15:19)
  • Pruning weeping trees (...
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    Dan Herms, vice president of research and development at the Davey Institute, talks about how climate change is changing your landscape, such as what climate-facing trees you should be planting, what trees you should avoid planting and how pests are migrating. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Dan's research from the 1990's (0:37)
  • Dan's research for Davey Tree (2:51)
  • Hardiness Zone map (4:40)
  • Pests moving north (6:09)
  • Dan's per...
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    Natascha Batchelor from Hartney Greymont, a Davey company, in Cape Cod, shares her favorite spring flowering trees for Cape Cod's climate, as well as how she started her career in arboriculture and why she loves it. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Weather in Cape Cod (0:55)
  • Flowering trees in February (1:48)
  • Spring flowering trees (3:29)
  • Planting season in Cape Cod (5:30)
  • Plant shortage (5:47)
  • Winter in Cape Cod (6:51)
  • How Natascha started...
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    Sean Hoes from Davey's South Denver office shares his favorite spring flowering trees for Colorado's climate, as well some planting tips for newly planted trees. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • What flowering trees grow in Colorado? (0:45)
  • Chanticleer pear (1:24)
  • Denver's climate (2:45)
  • Northern catalpa (4:18)
  • Snow crabapple  (5:50)
  • Spring in Denver (7:23)
  • What Sean loves about his job (8:01)
  • Redbud (9:15)
  • Coming out of winter (10:31)
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    Tom Ford from Davey's Portland, Maine, office discusses why mulch is important, how to mulch correctly and the type of mulch he uses on his property, as well as his favorite trees in Maine. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Spring in Maine (0:48) (8:33)
  • Volcano mulching (1:20)
  • How far out to mulch (2:31)
  • Maples and roots (3:35)
  • Why it's important to mulch (4:05)
  • Compost (4:30)
  • Landscape fabric (5:52)
  • Dyed mulches (7:07)
  • Planting in Maine (...
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    Lukas Suzano from Davey's Buffalo office talks about his favorite small trees for the landscape.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Defining a small tree (0:30)
  • Determining what tree to plant (1:17)
  • American hornbeam (2:33)
  • Flowering options (3:23)
  • Dogwoods (3:44)
  • Japanese maple (4:30)
  • Crabapple (6:28)
  • Can a small tree grow in a container? (8:20)
  • Japanese maple in a container (9:13)
  • Favorites trees that don't get planted as often as they shoul...
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    Chris Fields-Johnson, technical advisor for the Davey Institute, gives us the science behind when trees will leaf out in the spring and when you should take a closer look if they haven't yet.

    In this episode we cover:

  • How do trees know when it's time to leaf out? (0:33)
  • When to get worried about your tree (4:46) (6:26)
  • What species should start blooming soon? (5:35)
  • Autumn olive tree (7:11)
  • What is a technical advisor? (10:41)
  • Sp...
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    Brad McBride from Davey's West Cleveland office talks all about how to get your trees and property ready for spring, such as what you should be looking for and how an arborist can help. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Drainage issues (0:49)
  • Dormant oil and hemlock woolly adelgid (1:58)
  • When to start planting (4:01)
  • Brad's favorite spring trees (4:51)
  • Apple scab (6:37)
  • How seasonal fluctuations affect pests and diseases (8:26)
  • How Brad ...
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    Carolyn Sulzen, Morgan Nash and Laura Anderson from Davey's East Denver office talk about their all-female climbing crew and what it's like to climb trees for their career. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • All-female climbing crew (0:45)
  • What a climbing crew does (1:15)
  • Response when a female team shows up (2:18)
  • Physical part of the job (3:02)
  • How Laura started her job (3:35)
  • Afraid of heights (4:36)
  • Importance on safety (5:11)
  • Proving ...
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    February 24, 2022 25 min

    Joe Berg from Davey's East Bay office in California shares some advice on how to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your landscape routine, as well as a fun story about popular client Joe's office worked with. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Native trees and minimal water requirements (0:41) 
  • Smart watering (2:28)
  • Mulching and soil compaction (4:25) 
  • Fertilizers (8:51)
  • How Joe started his job (11:59)
  • Famous NFL client who brought...
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    Josh Fritz from Hartney Greymont, a Davey company, in Concord, Massachusetts, shares all you need to know about roots, such as trees you should not plant near the house, trees with non-invasive root systems and root pruning. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Willows (0:46)
  • Norway maple (2:09)
  • River birch (3:39)
  • Elms (4:45)
  • Roots affecting sidewalks (5:24)
  • Arborvitae and stewartia (6:22)
  • Planting close to the house (10:30)
  • 30 under 30 (11:31)
  • Root ...
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    February 10, 2022 18 min

    Sean Barlette from Davey's Northwest Detroit office shares some low maintenance evergreens that are great for privacy screening, as well as some advice on fungal and pest problems that affect some evergreens. 

    In this episode we cover:

  • Low maintenance, privacy screening evergreens (0:43)
  • Being home more and thinking about privacy (1:44)
  • Eastern white pine (2:13)
  • Spacing (3:29)
  • Arborvitae (4:17)
  • Deer (4:46)
  • Smaller plants (5:38)
  • Other p...
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    February 3, 2022 19 min

    Robert Spartz from Davey's Quad Cities office talks about why pruning trees in the dormant season is the best choice, and how to safely prune your own trees.

    In this episode we cover:

  • Dormant pruning (0:47)
  • Knowing if you or an expert should prune (3:34)
  • How arborists learn to prune (4:37)
  • Pruning mistakes (6:26) (14:56)
  • Three step method (7:38)
  • Tools for pruning (9:26)
  • Sharpening tools (10:56)
  • Are there trees that don't like dorma...
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