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A Soft Spot for the Animals

It’s surprising what one might run across in a tree.  Last summer, while removing a Red Oak tree approaching 250 years old, the Downey crew found a possum living a high-rise lifestyle about 45 feet…

June 23, 2017

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A Skill You Hope You’ll Never Need

To most of us, an error on the job might mean an addition mistake or a misspelled word; an injury, slamming one’s knee into a desk corner, or perhaps a paper cut. For the men and women in the busine…

May 18, 2017

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Considering the Much Maligned Crapemyrtle!

Even those that don’t have much of an appreciation of plants and flowers are likely to stop, stare, and admire the beauty and variety of color exhibited by the Crapemyrtle during the hot months of s…

January 25, 2017

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Winter Tree Care

Just because it’s dormant doesn’t mean there isn’t something to do… Caring for trees in the winter is another aspect of keeping your trees healthy and happy all year long and providing them th…

January 12, 2017

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Over the River and Through the Woods…

…To the Governor’s House We Go! Twas months before Christmas and all through the state They searched for a tree for the Governor’s estate. The chainsaws all hung in Downey’s shop with care, In…

December 16, 2016

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The Trouble with Leyland cypress…

The increasing drought in Georgia has turned Leyland Cypress trees from green to branches of brown. What is the cause and what can be done? Below are some points about what we are seeing and some thin…

October 28, 2016

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What a Summer it has been here in Hot-Lanta

By all accounts we are in the early stages of fall as evidenced by our cooler mornings, crisp clean air, leaf color change and oh yeah-football. What does all that have to do with my trees you ask? As…

October 28, 2016

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Last Day in the Life of a Bicentennial Oak

The old soldier was showing his age. Several months prior, a large section of the top failed, breaking open to expose a significant cavity near the apex. There were telltale signs at the base of the t…

October 6, 2016

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Early Fall-What’s up with the trees?

We have come to associate the Labor Day weekend as the end of the summer and the beginning of fall, yet the autumnal equinox does not occur until around the 21st of September. In the southeast, the se…

September 16, 2016

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Kudzu, just the facts please…

Kudzu was first introduced from Asia in the late 19th century but not widely planted until the 1930’s when in 1935 as dust storms ravaged prairies, Congress acted declaring war on soil erosion and e…

August 23, 2016

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From the Redwood Forest

It seems as though no sooner than Memorial Day becomes a fading memory, the 4th of July rolls around to provide an opportunity for the celebration of our independence. No complaints here of another ho…

June 17, 2016

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A Memorial Day Tribute

As the European countryside was becoming scarred with trenches and pocked with artillery shells and the other devices of tortuous death that defined World War I, a different kind of devastation was ta…

May 26, 2016

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Some Thoughts on Earth Day and Arbor Day, 2016

This Earth Day, April 22, 2016, I found myself speaking to 2 groups of Middle School Students at Summerhour Middle School near the Norcross Office of Downey Trees, Inc, Inc. The tTeachers, parents and…

April 26, 2016

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Zika virus and detention ponds…

Zika virus is the talk of every major news outlet and most recently the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta issued a travel advisory regarding the virus and travel to South America.  The comm…

February 8, 2016

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With all this rain, are my trees safe?

Rain soaked soils have some homeowners asking the question, are my trees safe?  It’s a fair question for sure and according to NOAA National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office Atlanta’s rai…

November 9, 2015

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