Bend-and-Swing Rigging

OK, here’s what we had to do: Remove two bent birch trees (leaders) that were overhanging a beach. We couldn’t just drop them into the lake, because we had no way to fish them out of the water. They would be partially submerged and ridiculously heavy underwater, and they were already full-length leaders weighing close […]

An Introduction to Tree Appraisal (audio)

Lindsey Purcell is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA), an American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) registered consulting arborist (RCA) and an urban-forestry specialist in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Click below to listen to an audio recording of his November 2020 TCI Magazine article.

Rigging Tools: An Overview for Ground Technicians

Let’s take a look at old-school, natural-union rigging and what it created – friction! This same principle is in play with the new rigging rings that are becoming more and more prevalent in the industry. A rigging ring creates consistent friction aloft, just as a port-a-wrap or bollard-type lowering device would at ground level. It’s […]

Product Review: Granberg G777 Alaskan Small Log Mill

Richard Jones performs a product review on the Granberg G777 Alaskan Small Log Mill. The Alaskan Small Log Mill is a portable chain-saw attachment that allows you to slab out logs for either live-edge projects or to begin the process for dimensional lumber. This attachment is intended for guide bars of 20 inches or less […]

Arborist Skills – Detecting Wood Decay Fungi

Wood-decay fungi are a very important category involving risk management, since wood-decay fungi often can increase the inherent risk of a tree. However, fungal identification often is overlooked in our industry. This results in tree care workers misidentifying fungal fruiting bodies, which can mean danger for them and homeowners. Watch Christine Balk discuss how to […]

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