28 Apr 2020

TREES. CARE FOR THE THINGS YOU LOVE

Best practices in caring for your trees and how to plan now and for the future. Author: Sarah Gaskin, Registered Consulting Arborist & Certified Arborist   I'm so glad trees have become trendy. Just look at all the trends! They have their own hashtags, celebrities are donating to tree planting causes, they are showing up as tattoos in pop culture and even cities are adopting programs to increase urban canopy health! It’s like everyone knows a little something more about trees in these modern times. Let’s face it, trees beautify our spaces, increase property value, and make us feel great...

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14 Mar 2020

A message from our CEO Cyrus DeVere about COVID-19

Dear Clients and Industry Partners, At A Plus Tree, we strive each day to Serve with Love and Respect on our Foundation of 6 Dones. Our 6 Dones are outlined as: Done Safely Done on Time Done on Budget Done as Promised Done with Innovation Done as a Team We strive to Love and Respect our Clients, Partners, and Teams, and are steadfast about our 1st Done being “Done Safely”. We have carefully reviewed our entire Operations and because we get to work outdoors in small teams – we are able to continue all of our professional tree care services,...

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12 Mar 2020

Good Bugs Vs. Bad Bugs

Why do most bugs come out in the Spring? Much like us, they come out for good food and good weather. The trees are in bloom, the leaves look delicious, and there are longer days for more buggy activity. Actually, most bugs aren't an issue. Only 1% of insects are harmful to urban trees. We should embrace the good bugs, with tiny insect hugs. They pollinate our flowers, can keep pest populations under control, and we need them for a healthy ecosystem. But what about the nuisance and destructive bugs? For some property owners, sticky sidewalks and beetle infestations are...

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26 Feb 2020

Emergency Tree Work in Foster City – Monterey Pine Crushes Car!

I want to take a moment to recognize the professional and amazing work of the Alameda crew! Thank you to Danny, Daniel, Jose, and our newest members Callo and Andre! I got a call at 3:30 this morning from a client saying a 38"DBH Monterey pine had fallen... and smashed a car! Thankfully, no one was hurt. I rushed to the job site to survey the damage and found many of Foster City's Public works and Police department on the scene already - they were so worried about the situation and could not imagine how we would get this tree...

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26 Feb 2020

When Is The Best Time To Trim Fruit Trees In Utah?

Someone once said, "People come to Salt Lake City, Utah for the winters but stay for the summers".  While Salt Lake and the surrounding area is a hot destination for skiing and winter sports, the summer brings beautiful foliage and healthy trees back to life giving the City and neighborhoods a glow unsurpassed by many other destinations. But with the harsh winters trees are vulnerable.  You might ask, when is the best time for tree trimming in Salt Lake City and especially when it comes to fruit trees, such as peach, plum and apple? Winter is the perfect time to...

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05 Dec 2019

TCCs. The Glue to our Crazy.

A TCC is a Tree Care Controller. And it's our version of what others may call a "scheduler", because they do SO much more than just scheduling. TCC's are the linchpins to our axles, the pintle bolts to our hitches, the cambium layer to our trees. They keep the communication flowing between client, sales, and operations. Did you have a smooth-running job? Thank your TCC! Did everything hit the fan and still the job got done? Thank your TCC! The TCC's manage hundreds of jobs a week, from approval all the way to completion. From the perspective of Steve Land, our VP of...

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07 Nov 2019

Treezi App is LIVE!

We are proud to announce that we've launched our latest app, treezi, into the appstore!     Introducing Treezi! On Nov, 7th, at the Tree Care Industry Expo in Pittsburg, PA, the A Plus team launched a new tree care software into the marketplace. Built off our platform of ArborPlus, and the engine that keeps this big engine of A Plus moving, we saw a need in the industry for something simple but powerful. There are a few players in the tree care software space already: most notably ArborGold, ArborNote and SingleOps. Yet we've found that these haven't quite created...

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06 Nov 2019

Lloyd the mill master

Phase I complete of our BIGGEST mill project yet! Our AfterPlus mill has a great story: We take the trees we remove from our urban forest and give them a second life. We try to harvest as much millable wood as we can, but the logistics around it are not so simple. This particular project is a 2-year project for the Irvine Company (the largest private landowners in CA!). We removed 43 mature Redwoods from their development site in the South Bay, with the purpose to fabricate 90 custom-designed benches, and install them back onto the site after construction. We won't get into the MANY obstacles...

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15 Aug 2019

Craned up and trained up

Cranes make the tree work go 'round. More and more of our crews are boosting into the ridiculousness of crane work! This month, from our Sacramento tree service division, Hugo, Matt, and Kevin (who is being trained up by Devin) had some major takedowns with cranes. Sure, we have our superstar crane riggers like Rob, Danny, and Chad. Who we throw at the most technical and hazardous jobs, but more of our crews, in more of our areas, are getting craned up and gaining valuable experience in the art of crane removals. From a climber's point of view, there are 3 things that are critical to flawless execution: The ability...

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06 Aug 2019

Tid Bits from our Chaplain

We'd like to take our headline feature to highlight a very special person at A Plus. If you haven't met Paul Tibbets, I'm sure you've heard about him. He's the father of our late founder, Jeremy. And really, the father of A Plus. He's certified in just about everything, fixes chippers, trucks, chainsaws (and pretty much whatever the Vallejo crews break), rescues buckets in the middle of nowhere, and will take time out of any busy day to make sure someone feels loved and genuinely cared for. Paul also compiles the weekly safety session emails and throws in beautiful tidbits on wisdom and leadership. (It’s inside the safety...

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