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About Charles

Charles Batey, the man behind the trees, had an appreciation for the outdoors from a very early age. Climbing waterfalls on the Cumberland Plateau, spending summers camping in the woods of Tennessee, rafting down white waters--he just couldn’t stay away, thanks to his Father’ influence. As he matured in life, so did his skills of […]

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A Rule for Life: Always Rest in the Shade

It’s time for another Benefits of Trees blog post. This time, I won’t be drawing from someone else’s list. Instead, I’ll share one of the top benefits from my own personal list. But before I dig into the benefit, I need to set the stage for you. As I write this, it is the week […]

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Trees Mark The Seasons

Welcome to the first installment in a new series of posts about the many, many benefits of trees! As a bit of background for this post, I encourage you to check out treepeople.org/22-benefits-of-trees/ as well as treesaregood.org/treeowner/benefitsoftrees that way you can follow along with me as I work my way through their lists. I will […]

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The revival of the American Chestnut

When my husband first told me of the chestnut trees planted at Panther Creek State Park, I hadn’t realized it was part of a much larger movement. Still, I was curious about the new trees, so we took our kids to see them and read the plaque near the freshly planted grove.  Later, I discovered […]

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Stress Relief for Trees

A regular watering regimen is essential for lowering the risk of drought stress, and for helping trees recover. Watering won’t help as much, however, if it’s all being gulped up by grass too close to the thirsty roots. Grass has a multitude of small roots, and will selfishly absorb high amounts of water quickly. 

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Dogwood Arts: Beautifying Knoxville

Over the years since the creation of Dogwood Arts, Knoxville has shifted from “the ugliest city” to a hub of artistic splendor. Sadly, he never made it back to see any of the changes made, but if John Gunther were alive today he’d have a hard time even recognizing the city Knoxville has become. 

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Our dump truck was too small... so we built it bigger!

When we first brought her into the fleet, we build a chip box on top of the dump bed. We built it low profile, thinking it'd be easier to build, less wind resistance, cheaper, etc. But it proved not to be up to the full needs of our chip capacity.

So we rebuilt it...

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Tree Climbing Vlog Episode 1

Watch as I climb the biggest Eastern Red Cedar I know of...

Not to say there aren't bigger ones, but this one next to my house is legitimately the biggest one I've found lately. They tend to get sick before they get big since they're so often growing in poor soil or colonizing areas that used to be pasture. But this one is big and healthy and awesome.

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American Chestnut: From Dominant to Near Extinct

The American Chestnut tree wasn’t just a high-quality building material, however. It played a crucial role in everyday life. Each tree grew several pounds of chestnuts, starting at only 7 or 8 years old. With around 4 billion trees spanning most of the eastern United States, there were plenty of nuts to go around. The nuts that fell were an important food source for animals and people alike. They could also be gathered and traded for other staples, like shoes or clothes. In fact, they were such an integral part of life that roasting chestnuts became synonymous with the holiday season. 

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TREE vs. GARAGE; New Tree Removal Video on Facebook

it's cracked the block wall and foundation, broken the roof truss, and grown a pretty wacky scar into the tree itself...

Follow along as our expert tree removal crew takes care of the problem and cleans up so nice you wouldn't even know there'd been a tree

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New Name, Same Caring Tree Service

We settled on Knox Tree Care because its simple, clean, easy to remember and it says who we are and what we are about better than any of the previous names, by a long shot. We're really excited about the new look and the new name. So we promise to stop changing things up on you. But rest assured, we are still the same caring company you know and trust.

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Two Oaks Too Close, A Tree Removal Story

there's a bit of instructional on how we ensure that the tree goes the way we want when we are taking it down so close to the house. Once we get to the backyard, it's a non-stop thrill ride of big branches raining down. And last but not least

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A Day in the Tree Service Life

We began the day by removing a multi-stem maple tree in the back yard. It had been declining for some time, so the time was ripe to remove it before it fell and hurt someone (we're talking dead canopy and major mushrooms in the stem and everything). Not to mention, now the neighbor's pool will […]

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Tree Selection According to the Tree Experts

I believe an introduction may be in order. My name is Charles Batey. I am the owner of Valley and Ridge Tree Care. Before I got into tree work, I studied environmental science in college, and worked as a field botanist for the National Park Service. After coming home to Tennessee, I got started cutting […]

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Ecosia: The Search Engine that Plants Trees

As for whether or not they’re a scam we need to delve into their credentials. Ecosia is a certified class B corporation, a business that balances profit and charitable works, their financial data is published monthly, and they work with local groups and known charities such as the Jane Goodall Institute. If they weren’t actually doing what they say, I believe they wouldn’t be as forthcoming.

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Taking Care of an Indoor Tree

Plants bring fresh life to indoor spaces, but caring for them properly is essential. While it does take some effort and time to care for your plants, it’s easy and worth the work to see them flourish.

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Alternative Ways to Deal with Leaves

Leaves falling off trees in August and throughout the rest of fall always seem to bring a bundle of mixed emotions with them. Children become excited about jumping in leaf piles, but for adults, leaves may bring dread of lawn care tasks to come. This often involves a laborious effort of stuffing them into garbage bags to be discarded at the side of the road with garbage pickup, however, there are more efficient and environmentally friendly options.

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When should I prune my tree?

I get asked a lot of questions about trees. But that’s okay because answering questions, about trees is one of my favorite parts of my job. One of the most common questions I am asked is, “When should I prune my tree?” My most common answer is simpler than you might think. The answer, “When the saw is sharp.”

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Move Over Dracula; the Hoia-Baciu Forest is the Freakiest Thing in Transylvania

While vampires aren’t a favored tale in Transylvania, they do have a spot rumored to be full of demons and spirits, possibly even aliens. It’s said to be the most haunted forest in the world. Even the trees, desperately in need of a tree care specialist, seem haunted, with their gnarled, mangled trunks and branches that twist and reach out as if to grasp you.

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Preventive Health: Protect Your Trees Against Drought Stress

Drought stress affects trees for years after they first develop the symptoms. Smaller roots die off when strained, making it harder for the tree to absorb all the water and nutrients it needs from the soil, continuing a cycle of damage. Beetles and other insects are eager to take advantage of weakened trees and aren’t easy to get rid of once they’ve infested one.

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