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Today is Arbor Day, an annual holiday in which people are encouraged to plant trees. Trees play an important role in the environment as they filter out CO2 and help generate clean air. As urban areas continue to expand and grow, they contribute to more air pollution. This makes the jobs of trees even more important.

Trees and shrubs are a big investment for homeowners. They also happen to be one of the largest, uninsured investments homeowners will make. Losing an established tree or shrub can cost thousands of dollars to replace. That is because we do not purchase large trees with established root systems, they have to grow.

At Loyalty, we understand the importance of protecting trees and investments. That's why we offer tree & shrub care services to our customers. We want to provide only the best care and service possible, which is why we also employ a horiticultural specialist to help us make sure that our customer's trees and shrubs thrive for years to come.

In honor of Arbor Day, we decided to ask horticultural expert and Loyalty team member, Adam Davis for a few tips that we could pass onto homeowners.

What made you want to choose a career in horticulture?

After working in an office type environment (aka Cube Farm) for a while, I decided that my passion would be working outdoors  with all things lawn and landscaping.

What is your favorite tree or shrub?

My favorite tree would be anything native, especially the Red Bud, and Dog Woods (which are always a sure sign of spring here in Missouri when they begin flowering), and any of the many Native Oak trees that Missouri has.

What advice do you have for homeowners that are investing in new trees and shrubs for their property?

Go with anything that is native and always choose something from a locally grown nursery.  I would also recommend having the plant professionally installed. This usually will also offer a warranty from the plant provider should there be any issues.  

Besides hiring Loyalty Lawn Care to care for their trees and shrubs, what other advice or care tips do you have for homeowners?

Proper watering is key. Irrigation should occur only at the roots and not on leaf material.  Be sure to mulch around your trees and shrubs as it helps protect the root sytem, insulates the plant and helps maintain moisture. Avoid the dreaded "mulch volcano" though!


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