If you have ever escaped from blazing hot sun in a shady spot under a tree, you know how these natural air conditioners can make you feel more comfortable. A mature shade tree can block up to 90 percent of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost.
There are a lot of misconceptions about the appropriateness "tree topping," a very controversial and damaging tree care practice.
For the unfamiliar, tree topping is defined as "the removal of main tree branches to stubs in either a straight-across hedge fashion - or a complete delimbing of the tree, leaving only the main trunk or trunks of a tree."
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
Arborists often work closely with families in the course of contract jobs, and can sometimes become familiar enough with their clients to exchange life stories, or even take part in them. One such client story was sent to us by Davey Tree Expert Company arborist Nick Crawford, and seemed like the perfect, albeit bittersweet, love story to share on Valentine’s Day.
For many, the holiday season is a time for exchanging gifts, fond reminiscing, and enjoying the company of family and friends. It is also a wonderful opportunity to become involved in service projects and charity drives, and provide those who are less fortunate the opportunity to truly enjoy the holidays.
TCIA is proud to say that there are many tree care companies who have taken this lesson to heart, and as such have made a profound difference in their communities. Here are just a few companies that have engaged in philanthropy this year:
TCIAF’s 17th Annual Student Career Days at TCI EXPO is coming up in November, in Charlotte, N.C., and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the show and, hopefully, at the competition at Freedom Park on Nov.15. Having competed in tree climbing competitions the last 22 years, my passion for climbing grows each year.
TCIA offers a wide range of education opportunities through our workshops, webinars and our credentialing and certification programs. Often, our Member companies step up to the plate to help us out with these trainings.