Tree Care

CSI for Bugs, Part 1: Basics for Diagnosing Problems Caused by Insects and Mites

This is part one of a four-part series of articles that has been one component of workshops on integrated pest management and plant health care sponsored by the Tree Care Industry Association over the past decade. It is designed to introduce the basics of diagnosing problems caused by insects and mites on woody landscape plants. […]

Tips for Your Next Crane Job

After decades of working with cranes, I have learned some simple techniques and tips that help me gain safety and add productivity to nearly every job. One necessary ingredient that will solely rely on you is deciding when to use these tips. Tips are great to have in your arsenal, but success is shaped by […]

Know Your Saw Chain

Chain-saw professionals talk shop about a valuable component that might be more complicated than you think. When John Allen was growing up, his parents owned a Stihl dealership in southwest Virginia. As dealers, they were well versed in the details of the equipment and about local conditions that might favor one saw chain over the […]

CAUTION: Working with Aerial Lifts in Winter

Long before you and your aerial lift leave the yard this winter, ask yourself if you and the machine are ready for what the season can throw at you, from the time you depart to the time you return at the end of the job. Winter can mean different things depending on where you operate […]

Responding to Incidents

A positive trend in the tree care industry is the awareness that we can be a key link in the chain of survival for trauma incidents, especially the aerial ones. But those responding to and assisting with such incidents can often end up with wounds of their own. There are increasing efforts on the part […]

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