20 Apr 2012

Training day with Vermeer

For last month's company training day, we were fortunate enough to have Frank and Eric from RDO Equipment Co. come out and school us on some of our Vermeer equipment. We went over daily safety checks and proper care on our Vermeer chippers and stump grinders. We were reminded of the importance of daily maintenance checks that would help a job run more smoothly, efficiently, and safely. Amongst the many wise words from Frank and Eric, here are a few: Oil the equipment before every job in the key areas; non-lubricated or poorly lubricated equipment will cause it to run...

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30 Mar 2012

Giving Back to the Community

Yesterday, Jeremy Tibbets (President of A Plus Tree) and Sarah Hon (Director) partnered up with POrCH (Prometheus Outreach and Community Help) and volunteered at the largest Habitat for Humanity project in the country to date. Jeremy and Sarah's experience at the tops of trees made them a good fit for the job when it came to balancing on 2x4s on the roof top while hammering blocks to the trusses. It was a great time helping out with fellow volunteers. Check out the photos below :) Thank you Karyn Lee at Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc for making it all happen!

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09 Mar 2012

A Climber’s Paradise

Last week A Plus Tree hosted California Arborist's Association's (CAA) Climbing Skills Workshop in a beautiful park in Benicia. Every year, the CAA puts on this event to give professional climbers in the area the opportunity to learn and share new techniques. These workshops accommodate all levels of ability with stations for knot tying and equipment inspection, body thrust and footlock, stations for throwline and more advanced techniques of entering and moving in trees. Special Thanks to Chad Brey for volunteering his tree knowledge and climbing expertise! And thank you Stihl and Vermeer for sponsoring this event!

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14 Feb 2012

2012 CACM Tradeshow

This month we had a booth at the CACM Tradeshow in Oakland...that stands for California Association of Community Managers (www.cacm.org).  And the theme of the event?? Roaring 20's! Who doesn't like dressing up like flapper girls, gangsters and alcoholics?? For our booth, we set-up a greenscreen and provided 3 different themes for the attendees, who got a print of the photo immediately after. We met great people, made great connections, and as always...had fun!

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07 Feb 2012

Company BBQ and Training Day: Learning about SRT

Every month, the A Plus Tree crew gets together for some good BBQ, introductions of new members, safety reminders and to learn new rope techniques. This month they learned about a Single Rope Technique (SRT). This technique allows the climber to ascend at a much more rapid pace than footlocking or body thrusting, while saving TONS of energy. To demonstrate its swiftness, we had a climber start with the conventional body thrust technique; When he was more than half way up, another climber would begin his climb using the new SRT technique. In less than 10 seconds, the climber on...

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03 Jan 2012

Diseased Elms Removed in Alamo

Last week, the A Plus Tree crew performed the extraordinary task of removing 6 huge American Elms in 1 day! The trees were so large, it took a crane to help remove the massive logs piece by piece. At almost a century old, these trees have been a staple of the community and will leave a noticeable clearing along the tree-lined Danville Blvd in Alamo. Unfortunately, the County of Contra Costa had no choice but to remove them. Infected by Dutch Elm Disease and dying, the towering limbs were no doubt a hazard to the children attending the Alamo Creative...

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14 Dec 2011

Napa Wine Tour Highlight Reel!

A day of great wines and great food amongst the company of industry friends in the beautiful Napa Valley. This trip was sponsored by the companies listed below. A tour bus picked our guests up at 2 locations and shuttled them to each winery location. Using footage from the trip, A Plus put together a fun little highlight reel as a "thank you" to all those who came...and as a teaser to those who missed out. Bottoms Up! Click here to see photos from the event. Feel free to share any of our content. WINE TOUR SPONSORED BY: FOR RENT,...

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28 Nov 2011

Reduce Canopy and Woody Growth Safely

Are those roots running toward your foundation? Destroying your asphalt? We all know how costly it is to replace lifted sidewalks, or even removing a tree with destructive roots. But, there is an alternate and inexpensive solution that preserves that beautiful tree, your hardscape, and allows you to reduce canopy and woody growth safely. It's a soil-applied Tree Growth Regulator (TGR) called Cambistat ®. It not only reduces the growth rate of the tree, but redirects the growth to the hair-like root system, strengthening the health of the tree and increasing drought and disease resistance. What does it do? Reduces canopy and woody...

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