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A Prison with No Shade: A Tribute

The back roads were dark and sinuous. It was well before sunup and the day promised to be hot and humid: even though it was it was past mid-September, the heat of summer showed no signs of releasing its grip. The destination was Andersonville National Cemetery to see what help […]

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Petrified

While the beauty and variety of trees to be found on Earth can quickly boggle the mind, some of the most interesting and mysterious are those that aren’t even alive today. No, we are not speaking of that tree on your property that recently died or was blown over in […]

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Not your Granddad’s fishing pond!

Looking like cannon-shell craters left over from the Battle of Atlanta, properties all over the metro area are packed with what look like sinkholes bursting with weedy growth. Even the proper term for these repositories of water can be the subject of debate. Some are called “retention ponds”, designed to […]

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The Poster Child of Downey Trees’ Plant Health Care Program

Earlier in its life, this tree served as the shade tree for mechanics of the same name. Later, its magnificent presence thwarted developments that would have threatened its survival. Today, it is pampered and cared for with just about every arboricultural input available. The Norcross Elm (Ulmus americana) is not […]

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Teaching Aerial Rescue to the Rescuers

Last year, a blog was posted on this website titled “A Skill You Hope You Will Never Need.” The tragic reality is that sometimes the skill is not where it is needed—a jolting example of wrong place, wrong time. Read more about how the grief over the accidental death of […]

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A Tale of Two (Christmas) Trees

Downey Trees has forged some interesting partnerships over the years as well as some most unusual applications of arboriculture. One of these partnerships is with the Georgia Building Authority (GBA). No matter where they go, the staff of the Georgia Building Authority is always on a quest. Curiosity might motivate […]

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Who said the Easter bunny can’t climb trees?

It may be most unusual to be talking about an Easter Egg hunt in the middle of fall, but this was no usual Easter Egg hunt! It would be fallacious to say that the lead climbers at Downey Trees don’t make an effort to teach the skills that they know […]

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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 up.   Fortunately for the soon-to-be homeless marsupial, the removal was done with a crane and […]

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