16 Oct 2020
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THE HIDDEN POWER OF LIGNOTUBERS

Rising from the ashes... [caption id="attachment_11659" align="alignleft" width="194"] Circle of redwoods, aka fairy ring, growing out of shared stump and lignotuber.[/caption] Take a stroll through the redwood forest, and you will notice rings of redwood trees ascending from a shared parental stump. Look closely at the ring's center, and you may see the charred remains of the parent tree nearly obliterated by past forest fires. Yet, redwoods can resurrect themselves from their semi-buried lignotubers. What are Lignotubers? Lignotubers, also known as basal burls or bud collars, are the swollen growth at the base of many trees. The term comes from...

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09 Oct 2020

Tree Care: 3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts

Easy Tips for Healthy Tree Success! Do you have unhealthy trees on your property in need of a little TLC? No matter how young or old, how small or large your trees are, these 3 easy DO'S and DON'TS will help ensure strong, healthy trees that provide assets, instead of liabilities, to your landscape. Do: 1. Prune Well Young tree pruning establishes sound structure, removing any weak and competing branches. This is called structural pruning and ensures fewer tree failures as the tree grows. When the tree is mature, prune as needed to reduce end weight on heavy branches, which...

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06 Jul 2020

Humble and Heroic: The A Plus crew rescues another life

Jayce, Julian, and the crew were driving back to the yard when a tow truck slammed into a sedan right in front of them. The sedan flew off the road, rolled, and landed upside-down into the adjacent water canal. Without hesitation, Jayce stepped on the gas to get even closer, brought the truck to a stop, then he and Julian jumped out. The driver of the sedan was trapped inside, screaming for help and gasping for air as the water filled up. For what felt like 5 min, they tried to break the window with rocks (which is harder than...

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01 Jul 2020

MonthlyPLUS Newsletter: JUNE 2020

JUNE, you made the heart swoon. Happy end of another month! Not a month goes by in A Plus where we seem to break a new record, or tackle a crazy insane job, or in this case...rescue another life. Yes, this happened again. First, it was Ingalls who rescued a man in the woods. Then, last week, it was Jayce and his crew. Read the full story here (we posted as a separate post) ...   ENDLESS WEEKS AT BURNEYS Nick, Kyle, Jade, Juan, Tanner, Steve, and their crews have been on consecutive projects in the California woodlands of Burney...

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06 Jun 2020

Love and Respect.

During the first weeks of the Black Lives Matter protests, while many pushed out statements to show their support in the movement, we also took the time to discuss, examine, and evaluate our own A Plus culture and structure. Our CEO wrote an internal message to the entire A Plus team. We wish to share some snippets of his heartfelt sentiments: “I cannot share enough that it has been, it is, and will continue to be my life’s work to develop, foster, influence, lead, coach, mentor, and learn how to provide a SAFE place for everyone to work. Myself, along...

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01 Jun 2020

MonthlyPLUS Newsletter: MAY 2020

MAYbe, we are just that good. Well team, we've done it again! Another excellent month of SAFELY performing essential services to our community. Our safety record is running strong and we are even better than we were this time last year. Operating through another month where many counties are still shelter-in-place, we're very proud of our A Plus team. We've proven time again that we're not afraid of challenges and it seems we thrive in finding solutions. We've also got some pretty cool stories to share. So, enjoy!   AN UNSTOPPABLE CREW WITH RAVE REVIEWS [caption id="attachment_11359" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Anthony,...

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01 May 2020

MonthlyPLUS Newsletter: APRIL 2020

So long APRIL, we don't miss you! Hola A Plus friends, We successfully flew through another month here at A Plus, and during the strangest times we've known in our life! We sincerely hope every one of you and your loved ones are well and taken care of. And yet again, we maintained another incredible month of safety. We can't thank all of you enough for continuing to take our #1 DONE seriously: DONE SAFELY. The crews continue to crush it and handle the work like PROs, while adjusting to the ever-changing norms. Since we haven't been able to get...

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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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06 Jan 2020

New Year, New Mission, Same Great Team!

One month into 2020 and already so much momentum into the new year! Just when we thought we could maybe take a break from all the craziness of December, we rolled it right through January-- and surpassed goals, organized major company events and, yes, announced a new mission statement. Do mission statements seem like a bunch of corporate mumbo jumbo? Maybe. But, a good mission statement should surprise, inspire, and transform a company. It should mean something to its people and clients. And it should go hand-in-hand with its philosophy and culture and help guide it from the present into...

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