Like a silken scarf meandering in the wind, the geese quickly fell into formation, trumpeting their departure across the frigid November sky.  Respite and refuge awaited them elsewhere, where life would be immeasurably easier, food more plentiful and temperatures more forgiving.

Wildlife depends wholly on nature’s bounty, and exploits each resource for its own survival.  As far as trees go, Oaks have been a haven for food and shelter for many different types of wildlife.  A true giving tree.


More than a hundred different species of animals depend on the Oak’s acorn for nutrition.  The acorn, filled with important fats and carbohydrates, continue to sustain squirrels, deer and many types of birds throughout the year.


Additionally, over 500 species of insects reside and feed on Oaks; thereby, creating another food source for many migrating birds.


If that wasn’t impressive enough, Oaks natural cavities make inviting homes for squirrels and birds alike.  Further still, the Oak is one of the last trees to drop its leaves in Fall, and in many cases, some never fully drop their leaves.  This offers smaller birds protection from the elements and predators.  Access to dry foliage in the Winter is an added bonus as wildlife look to bolster their nests.


Oak leaves also decay more slowly than other leaves, again providing shelter and protection for critters that make their nests on the ground.

Oaks, in addition to their statuesque beauty and benevolence, are an important natural resource, so if you’re lucky enough to have one in your yard, enjoy them, and all the wildlife they support.  If you’re looking to plant an Oak or keep the ones you have healthy, reach out to Sweeney’s today!

Plant of the Week

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Large, cone-shaped clusters of pure white flowers that mature to a soft pink bloom June – July amongst dark green, oak-like foliage.  Foliage matures to a rich reddish-purple in Fall.  Prefers sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.  Grows 6-8′ tall and 6-8′ wide.  Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

“The Oak has long been an enduring and mighty tree.  It is truly a part of our national heritage and it merits the formal distinction of America’s National Tree.”

-Bob Goodlatte

Warm wishes,

Kim Sweeney