Spring is in full bloom, and with Arbor Day coming up this Friday, you’re probably thinking about planting a new trees in your back yard. This is the perfect time of year to celebrate the wondrous benefits of trees, and to make a wise investment by planting a shade tree in your yard. But before you plant, take some advice from the experts to ensure your new tree lives a long, healthy life.
Are your trees drowning? OK, we know they probably aren't as flooded as the trees in this picture, but our point still stands! As heavy snow melts into spring, you'll likely find your trees sitting in soil saturated with water. Too much water sitting at the base of a tree can cause a myriad of problems; it's almost as bad for trees as too little water!
Many arborists are required to earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their credentials. Fortunately, Tree Care Industry Association programs, events and training opportunities make preserving your credentials easier than ever - and cheap, if you work for a TCIA member company.
Professional arborists spend more time out in the field than they do in cubicles, so having high-quality, portable technology is almost mandatory. Many tree care professionals now use devices such as iPhones or iPads in order to make everyday tasks such as invoicing, project management, and field research streamlined.
A tree care professional - or arborist - is a person trained to perform the special practices related to safe, efficient tree care. Arborists usually work on a tree crew made of 2-4 arborists or arborist trainees. Many arborists climb the trees they are working on, but many do not. There are a number of tree care maintenance tasks that are accomplished at ground level, and some are accomplished below ground.
The winter is a great time to remove or prune trees because trees are dormant, and many trees can be pruned anytime of the year. In the cold months, home owners usually do not think about their trees, mostly because their time spent outdoors is limited. Many people cling to the indoors during the cold months, and tree work slows. In our industry, the winter months are definitely a down time for