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

Nick & Crew Dominates the Pike Project

Removed 130 Trees, 150+ ft tall, in 6 weeks. Last month Crew Leader Nick and his team -- Cody, Juan, James, Arturo, with help from Raymond & David -- successfully completed the LARGEST tree removal job we've ever done in the forest land. Completed the 6 DONE way, without injury or incident. Pike City is 2 hours North-east of Sacramento, and deep into the Tahoe National Forest in California. Nick's skills fit the bill for this large scale project. Extremely proficient in tree felling, equipment operations and job planning, his supervisor Mazzera, considers him a "strong leader and great teacher". And in Nicks words, "They were really large trees and we had...

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18 Feb 2015

Do I Need an Arborist?

Wondering whether or not you need an arborist to take care of your tree needs? An arborist refers to a tree care specialist, trained to efficiently and properly take care of your favorite green giants and woody plants. These specialists are equipped with lots of knowledge when it comes to trees and unlike your neighbor with the chainsaw, know how to rightly handle equipment. Before we outline whether or not you need an arborist for your tree needs, let’s address what makes a qualified arborist, well, qualified. We recommend hiring an ISA-certified arborist who is familiar with the trees and...

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05 Feb 2015

How to be Lumbersexual

Lumbersexual  lum-ber-sek-shoo uh l ] noun: a unique kind of hipster who grows a beard and pretends to be the of the outdoorsy variety. Often seen wearing flannel. Never actually seen with lumber. Listen hipsters, A Plus was lumbersexual before lumbersexual was even a twinkle in the eye behind your thick-black-framed-glasses. We were sportin’ flannel and using beard oil before anyone knew beard oil was a thing. (It is. And it's called sweat. You know, from actually working hard.) [caption id="attachment_769" align="aligncenter" width="492"] A true lumbersexual.[/caption] Because there’s only one way to be truly lumbersexual (hint: it involves trees), and you’re...

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11 Dec 2013

Winter Soil Therapy

It's long john season here in California and you aren't the only one freezing. While you've been cozied up to the nearest heater vent your trees have been getting ready for winter. The first cold snap has come and gone and everything is going dormant, amending your soil this season will allow for the maximum growth and vigor of your trees in the coming spring. The growing season is the most important time of year to have good nutrient levels in the soil. Urban soils are notoriously sterile due to topsoil removal during construction and regular cleaning of organic debris...

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02 Jul 2013

These 11 Tree Facts Might Surprise You

It's easy to understand the importance of trees when it comes to providing us with shade or being beautiful, but what are some other benefits of trees? We've got 11 tree facts that might surprise you. Here are some fun tree facts: Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree. A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000. The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces...

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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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