Pesky Peckers

The iconic sound of a woodpecker hard at work is considered by many as a pleasing background noise while hiking through the woods. Unfortunately, for many other people, it signifies damage being done to their trees, or worse, their house. There are many types of deterrents available that do no harm to the birds. These […]

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Super Soaker

Set it and forget it…well, not quite. Soaker hoses are great tools for watering trees. They connect to a spigot like a regular garden hose and have a permeable surface, allowing water to drip out along their entire length.  They allow you to give the target area a periodic DEEP soaking, which is the type of […]

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The Not-So-Silent Killer

Chainsaws are an incredibly useful tool, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. As certified arborists, working with, and around, these tools safely is engraved into our brains. However, based on personal experience and stories from other tree workers, it seems there are plenty of average pedestrians and homeowners that aren’t as familiar, which is […]

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A Heart of…Wood?

You’ve probably noticed, when looking at a cut piece of tree trunk, that the wood towards the center is darker. This is called the trees heartwood. As a tree grows, the outer, lighter colored sapwood closer to the center dies. Although it is considered deadwood, it will not rot or lose strength in a healthy […]

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…With a Little Help from My Friends

A healthy tree trunk is capable of supporting incredible amounts of weight. But sometimes even these heavy lifters could use a spotter. It is when trees start swaying around that their strength is put to the test. The best way to add stability is by helping different trunks support one another. This is done by […]

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Wood fiber has amazing strength in a way that not many people consider. Try this: pick up a tiny, straight, woody twig and hold it firmly at each end. Now pull with all your might! Now push! No effect, right? Now try this: bend it until it breaks. It does so with minimal effort. This […]

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Young Tree Training

It’s good to start young. Proper pruning measures taken when a tree is young (generally speaking, 10’ – 20’ tall) can significantly impact its future development. To help ensure a healthy, structurally sound tree, early signs of crowded or defective limbs or competing leaders can be identified and removed. This will allow more space and […]

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Ice Ice Baby

It’s getting to be that time of year when temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing. It is these conditions that produce ice storms. These storms can quickly add a significant amount of weight to tree limbs, greatly increasing the chance for damage. Pruning to reduce the length of limbs, especially ones that extend further than […]

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Crossing Limbs

When pruning a tree, crossing limbs should be one of the main issues to be targeting. When limbs are crossing they rub against one another, causing damage to both. This will result in structural defects, even very small ones can grow to be major hazards. The wounds that develop can also be an entry point […]

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Survival of the Fittest

Trees are fierce competitors. Like all living things, trees compete with one another for space and resources. This happens below ground with roots taking over space to absorb water and nutrients. It also occurs above with branches and leaves shading out those of other trees. Pruning is a great way to help a tree that […]

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