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Research & Development

Davey's commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship dates back to our founding in 1880. Our integrated teams of plant, soil, and insect scientists, computer specialists, and horticulture and arboriculture researchers pioneer the methods and materials used to serve the needs of our clients across North America.

Since its inception, Davey has helped define the science of tree surgery. Our researchers at the Davey Institute registered their first 14 patents in the evolving science of tree care before 1920. This commitment to innovation drives the development of new business opportunities for Davey and the next generation plant health care strategies.

Practical Plant Care

Company founder John Davey believed in addressing the health and maintenance of trees as a practical way to preserve our natural resources. Over the years, we have added lawn and landscape care to our areas of expertise. Davey Institute scientists work in our industry-leading labs and diagnostic facilities to identify the materials and treatment programs to strengthen trees' and plants' natural ability to resist insects, diseases and stresses.

Researchers in Davey's laboratories developed the innovative Arbor Green tree fertilizer in 1978. The slow release formula provides nutrients to the plant over a period of two years, reducing the number of applications for our clients.

But we didn't stop there. In August of 2007, we released Arbor Green PRO® an enhanced, newly patented version to assist homeowners, municipalities, parks and businesses in nurturing and protecting their trees and landscape to enhance the value of their properties and the overall health of their communities.

Contract & Funded Research

Scientists at The Davey Institute collaborate with governmental agencies, national forest services, private companies, non-profits and leading academic institutions to conduct research on the best practices to increase tree canopies of our cities and to combat invasive species, which can severely damage the tree population.

The Institute develops leading practices, products and technologies for the tree, landscape and vegetation management sectors of our industry. These research products include biomechanical analyses, environmental modeling of ecosystem services, patented fertilizers and soil care treatments, and industry-specific software applications.

Examples of our research expertise include these recent projects:

Invasive species management:

Contact The Davey Institute at 1-800-447-1667.