Dave Dailey

Work Outside During January Thaws

As winter progresses, the walls of the house seem to be closing in on you. It’s just an illusion because you miss being outdoors. My suggestion: make the best of any January thaw(s). Get outside and work on your landscape. Even if it appears to be puttering to you, your plants will appreciate your attention. […]

Time To Plan For Spring Landscaping

Winter is barely underway. Why am I already writing about spring landscaping? Because your landscape is constantly changing, evolving; it’s always a work-In-progress. Plants grow, sometimes exceeding their allocated space and blocking your view of other plants. Plants may become infested with insects or a disease, and some may even die. As your landscape evolves, […]

Give Your Indoor Garden TLC This Winter

Your landscape may extend indoors and you don’t even realize it. Even people who don’t have an outdoor landscape probably have an indoor garden consisting of houseplants. We know that because houseplants have topped the list of plant material grown by nurseries for the past several years, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. […]

Is It Safe To Spread Fresh Wood Chips?

Our tree crews and I get asked the title question quite often. The short answer is that it’s safe to spread them on the surface but not if you rake them into the soil.   Some years back, an arboriculture professor at Clemson University in South Carolina conducted an experiment to answer the question. He […]

How To Be Landscape Trendy In 2023

Landscape trends are being driven by societal trends. That’s abundantly apparent in the Garden Media Group’s Garden Trends Report for 2023. The report is intended to help garden centers and landscape professionals plan for what customers will be requesting. I present some of the highlights here to help your creative juices begin to flow. The […]

May Your Holiday Season Be Merry & Bright

The holiday season is upon us. Hanukkah began last Sunday night (December 18) and Christmas is this Sunday (December 25). Whether from the twinkling LED lights on a tree or the traditional candles on a Menorah, these festive holidays shine brightly on the shortest days of the year. It is the fervent wish of the […]

Winter Watering

The title may appear to be an oxymoron. Why would plants need water in the winter? It’s cold and snowy most of the time. Most being the key word. Everything may be frozen much of the time but when we do have occasional thaws, your plants, especially trees and shrubs would appreciate a drink of […]

Making Plant Health Care & Lawn Care Decisions Now Can Save You Money

You may have received a thick envelope from Birchcrest Tree & Landscape or may receive one soon. I urge you to open it and act now to save a significant amount of money. Sent to all our Plant Health Care and Lawn Care customers, it’s their 2023 contract renewal. And it contains a time-sensitive financial […]

Live Versus Artificial Christmas Trees

At this time every year, many are faced with a big decision. Do we want a live or artificial Christmas tree? There are many factors in play when making that decision. Some involve family traditions, others social concerns and still others involve environmental issues. I’m not qual ified to offer advice on keeping family traditions […]

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again when families gather to give thanks for all that has been good this year. This gathering centers around food, the universal symbol of hospitality. Our Birchcrest family will be gathered with their families, secure in the knowledge that we have done our best to serve every customer with the […]