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Innovations in Mechanical Row Equipment

There are a number of methods used to clear and maintain utility rights of way, or ROWs, but they all fall into two categories – mechanical, including things like brush mowers, saw trimmers and aerial lifts, or chemical, including materials such as herbicides, growth regulators and the tools used to disperse or apply them. In […]

Chain-Saw Injuries: Us Versus Them

Chain saws are among the most basic tools for tree workers. While we once performed pruning and felling with one- and two-person crosscut saws, no one would want to return to those days. The chain saw is also the power tool we most share in common with homeowners. Most people do not own an aerial […]

Progressive Training: One Size Does Not Fit All

Recently, I witnessed a two-person crew from a local tree care company setting up a job. Cones, wheel chocks, proper signage – all the indicators of a well-trained crew. Their leader set up a bucket truck, but before he began aerial operations, he took the other crew member to the chipper. What I saw next […]

Return of Periodical Cicadas in 2021: Biology, Plant Injury and Management

Natural events often occur in predictable cycles. In temperate North America, we are accustomed to the annual production of the leaves, flowers and seeds of our deciduous oaks and maples. Agave americana, the giant agave native to Mexico and Texas, is commonly known as the century plant due to its enormous periodic bloom of a […]

Beware the Dangers from AM Radio and 5G Transmission Sites

As if tree care isn’t dangerous enough, there’s an increasing safety threat that hasn’t yet gotten much attention – radio waves. Radio waves are everywhere, and have been since the dawn of the universe. Man-made ones have been around for more than a century, starting with the wireless telegraph. But with ever-more sophisticated uses of […]

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