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Five garden resolutions for 2016

In this GardenSMART article, The Davey Tree Expert Company gives readers five ways to start their landscape off right this year. 

Posted: Jan. 18, 2016 

The Davey Tree Expert Company shares advice for having your best yard ever.

Gardeners are a reflective group, always looking back to see what worked and more importantly, what didn’t. And like most people at the start of a new year, gardeners are thinking about ways to improve upon last year with resolutions.

Laying the groundwork for a healthy landscape is the key to success for those garden resolutions. To learn how to create a healthy landscape and to cultivate fresh ideas for the 2016 gardening season, check out these tips from The Davey Tree Expert Company:

Create a plan. Use these colder winter months to decide what changes your garden needs once spring arrives. Create a regular maintenance schedule to ensure trees, shrubs and flowers receive consistent, quality care. Make sure to include a diverse range of tree species in your plan. Trees and shrubs provide structure and drama to a garden. In addition, as trees grow, the cost-saving benefits they provide throughout the year increases significantly – the cooling shade in summer and the wind reduction in winter can reduce home energy bills by as much as 50 percent.

Inspect trees and shrubs for insects or disease. Mature trees increase property value by as much as 28 percent, according to HouseLogic. But a tree can shift from asset to liability when branches, trunks or roots suffer injury and threaten to cause property or personal damage. Protect your family and home by inspecting trees and addressing potential problems now.

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