April 2012 (Volume XXIII, Number 4)
Asian Longhorned Beetle: The Threat in Black and White
By Joe Boggs and Amy Stone
This article reviews key Asian Longhorned Beetle diagnostic features. ALB myths are addressed and an update on the ALB status on Ohio is addressed
Chipper Safety in Ground Operations
By Dane Buell, CTSP
For the past 25 years, Dane Buell has been working with chippers and ground operations. This month, he takes a look at his personal experiences and reviews what can happen while operating a chipper.
Spar Pole Rigging - Mitigating the Hazards
By Anthony Tresselt, CTSP
This article looks at climber tie-in points (TIPs) for both-single and doubled-line climbing systems. The variations are numerous, so the article focuses on the basic benefits and application of a few simple set ups.
Aerial Lifts Are Going, Going, Gone Hybrid
By Rick Howland
The concept of a hybrid lift may be difficult to wrap one’s head around, but this article highlights the myriad of options that may spark ideas about customizing a piece tailored to your business.
March 2012 (Volume XXIII, Number 3)
Getting to Know ANSI A300 Part 9:Tree Risk Assessment
By Eric Wiseman, PhD.
ANSI A300 standards are the generally accepted industry standards for tree care practices. Eric Wiseman explains Part 9 Tree Risk Assessment, whichaddresses tree structure assessment practices, including: levels of tree risk assessment, target identification, risk analysis and reporting, owner determination.
Loss Control: Reflecting On Safety Provides Better Financial Health
By David Rattigan
The net result of a safer workplace is a healthier bottom line. This article explains how Loss Control Surveys – part of an insurance program for companies that qualify – are one tool to help companies get there.
Tents, Cankers and the Return of Spring
By Michael J. Raupp
Michael J. Raupp explains why the return of tent caterpillars, cankerworms, and other early season defoliators provide incentive for arborists to redouble monitoring activities on a wide variety of landscape trees and shrubs for symptoms and signs of pesky early season caterpillars.
Bad Weather Ahead? Time To Load
By Rick Howland
Selecting a loader for maximum productivity isn’t as simple as choosing one with the most horsepower. With so many different sizes and options of loaders available, horsepower is only one consideration, explains Rick Howland.
February 2012 (Volume XXIII, Number 2)
Can Stump Grinders Really Go Green?
By Rick Howland
Rick Howland explains how the biggest thing stump grinders have been doing to be green is to maximize productivity while minimizing fuel consumption.
Organic Land Care: Healthy Soil for Happy Trees
By Bill Duesing
Organic land care encourages diversity and avoids harsh fertilizers and toxic chemicals. This article is an excerpt of the NOFA Standards in Organic Land Care, Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscape.
There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute: A whirlwind tour of sucking insect pests of woody plants
By Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D
This article reviews how sucking insects attain epic densities on woody trees and shrubs.
A Preview of Changes in the New Z133
By Peter Gerstenberger
The ANSI Z133 is a comprehensive safety standard written by arborists for the arboriculture profession that applies to employers and employees engaged in arboricultural operations. Since the last revision of the Z133 was six years ago, Peter Gerstenberger previews the standard’s upcoming changes.
ROW Equipment Has a Green History
By Tamsin Venn
This article explores how Right of Way (ROW) mechanical equipment consists of some of the biggest toys in the tree care industry and yet, these rugged monsters can still be environmentally friendly.
January 2012 (Volume XXIII, Number 1)
Diary of a Storm Chaser
By Michael Roche
Michael Roche of TCIA member company Stowe Tree Experts tells the story of how he drove to Connecticut in October 2011 to aid in the recover from the catastrophic “snowtober” that devastated so much of the landscape across the state.
Insect Vectored Plant Diseases
By Gary W.Moorman
When plant pathogens and insects work together, the results can be devastating – Oak wilt, Dutch elm disease, bacterial leaf scorch, elm yellows and thousand cankers are five such diseases. This article explores these damaging diseases.
TCI EXPO 2011 Photos and Wrap Up
Despite an unprecedented snowfall that wreaked havoc on the region, nearly 2,000 attendees enjoyed three days of workshops, seminars and demonstrations focused on the tree care industry. Take a peek at what happened at the world’s largest tree care industry trade show and conference in 2011.
Rigging: Mechanical Advantages for Arborists
By Anthony Tresselt
Mechanical advantage is the amplification of input force gained by using a tool, devise or machine. This month, Anthony Tresselt explores this useful art and science.
Keep on Truckin’: New Trucks Are Lighter, More Fuel Efficient and Customizable
By Rick Howland
This article talks about the new trucks on the market with a body manufacturer, a truck/chassis maker and companies that custom build trucks for tree care.