Tree Care

Dual-Stationary-Rope Work Positioning for Pruning or Removal

My name is Macintosh Swan, and I have a lot of climbing gear. I preface this discussion – of climbing with two systems in sync – with that statement. If we are talking drawbacks to dual-stationary-rope systems (DSRS), I think the volume of gear required would be at the top of the list. In my […]

Climbing Gear: The More You Know, the Less You Need

It is a wonderful time in the tree care industry for the climbing arborist. It seems every couple of months there is a new piece of equipment that comes on the market. It can give the climbing-arborist gear junkies a rush of gear adrenaline and at the same time fill safety coordinators with anxiety. Does […]

Danger: Beware Climbing During Storm Cleanup

This is the first in a two-part series on storm cleanup. Part two goes beyond climbing and addresses pre-storm preparations, working with other companies and more. On a good day, climbing is a challenge. On a bad day, it’s hazardous. But following a storm, climbing to clear away fallen trees presents a clear and present […]

Burnside Sycamore – Witness to History

During a trip to visit family in Maryland this summer, I took a side trip to Antietam National Battlefield, a National Park Service protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland. It commemorates the Battle of Antietam that occurred September 17, 1862, during the American Civil War. It is regarded as the bloodiest day in […]

Renovation Techniques & Tools for Soil Decompaction

We’ve all seen them – victims of urban soil. Trees placed in cut, filled, mixed, contaminated and compacted soils, expected to live and thrive yet struggling merely to survive. What happens to them? More important, is there anything we can do? Roots perform many functions for the tree, including anchoring the tree, absorbing water and […]

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