Fall is a great time to be outside in our landscapes and gardens. We take stock of which plants are looking good and which plants seem to need a little help. It is natural to want to “do” something to help a tree – prune it, fertilize it, polish it – we can’t help wanting to touch it in some way.
How have your trees been lately? Trees don't usually require a large amount of care and attention - perhaps some raking in the fall, and prep before the winter. But as seasons change and your trees continue to grow, they may need some occasional pruning.
Have you ever heard of the children’s book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? It’s a story about a tree that gives a boy everything it has, such as apples, wood and shade, to make him happy throughout his life. Every tree is a giving tree, isn’t it? Trees are wind obstructors, fresh air makers, pollutant reducers, shade producers, and block us from the cold. Trees entertain kids for hours with tree houses and swings.
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.
Let’s face it; the Internet is flooded with reviews and opinions of every business, product and service you can think of. Most customers read about your company online before they even consider picking up the phone. In the digital age, local businesses need a remarkable online reputation to expand their customer base.