From the Field

The Road to Consultanthood: Musings of an Antique Arborist

The aerial lift is gone, as is the stump grinder. Out in the yard, my trusty 2001 chip truck and 1990 Morbark chipper sit idle. They are well maintained and ready to work. I am neither. As I approach Medicare and Social Security status, leaning away from tree care and more toward consulting, I can’t […]

Let’s Talk Chipper Safety

Let’s talk about chipper safety. Of course, there is the obvious hazard – getting chipped to death. But there are numerous other ways to get yourself hurt. Let’s count some of them. Keep your area clean. Keep your area neat. There will be no slipping or tripping,  While chipping on the street. Don’t let debris […]

Baseball, Trees and Risk

My son was playing a baseball game at a college field near Boston on one of the crazy-hot days we had recently, August 5, 2022. It always amazes me how much people love trees on these days. Obviously, baseball games are not known for shade. So the throngs of parents stake their claim under the […]

A Great Experience at TCI EXPO ’21

After 2020’s national restriction on live events, tree care workers and merchants were eagerly anticipating TCI EXPO ’21 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Professionals from across the U.S. reconvened to learn, trade and interact with like-minded individuals who share a passion for tree care. This event also happened to be my first TCI EXPO, granting me a […]

A Crack in the Facade

As a registered consulting arborist (RCA), I enjoy my work, but sometimes I enjoy it more than usual. My client has a wall behind a city sidewalk with a vertical crack that he believes was caused by the roots of a city tree along the adjacent parkway. He filed a claim with the city to […]

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