Tree Care

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Hazards With Objects Going Into Chippers

Chippers are essential machinery for many arboricultural operations. True, arborists can haul the brush to a landfill and pay a tipping fee, but that gets expensive. It also can require a lot of trips to the landfill, as brush piles are about equal parts air and brush. Some of the older arborists may remember the […]

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Snow and Ice Versus Tree Care

Snow removal can be an important part of your tree care operation. It also can be a good break from doing tree work. Snow removal can be as simple as slapping a plow on your three-quarter-ton pickup or as involved as using every piece of equipment in your fleet, from your pickups and loaders to […]

Storm Work – Part 2: Tree Care Makes Way for First Responders

Once the dust (or snow or mud or rain) settles following a storm, who are the first first responders? Ask anyone who’s worked a storm or other natural disaster, and they will tell you that the true first responders are tree care crews. Without them police, fire and other emergency workers, oil, gas and electrical […]

Use Your Head(ing) Cut to Delay Decay

One of the most common shortcomings of urban tree management worldwide is the failure to remove select branches in a timely manner throughout the lifetime of a tree. This has many important impacts on management and safety, including: • contributing to poor structure (such as codominant stems or multiple attachments (Photo 1); • being a […]

Spotted Lanternfly Updates – Feeding, Hosts, Damage and Controls

By now, most arborists have heard of spotted lanternfly (SLF), yet another pest from Asia recently arrived to our country that is creating economic and environmental problems in the eastern United States. First detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014, SLF is not a fl y at all. Spotted lanternfly belongs to a group of […]

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