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  1. Nish

    White Oak Leaf problem

    There is some fuzzy leaf gall on the undersides of some leaves (last photo), but something else must have caused the leaf browning and curl. Aphids?
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    Beech Bark Anomaly

    I took these photos of a client's beech tree (presumably Fagus grandifolia) in central NC (Hillsborough) today. The lower trunk had had a lot of ivy growing on it recently. I am not familiar with Beech Bark Disease and I don't know that I've seen other beeches with this kind of problem. Anyone...
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    Pull Testing Trees, risk assessment

    Does anyone know of guidelines or have advice about pull testing large trees for lower trunk strength? How much of a load should one put on a 50 foot tall 42" dbh oak with a hollow and thin-walled lower trunk, with the pull line installed, say, at 30'? I'd be interested in learning of published...
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    Performance Bonuses

    I'm looking for good ideas for structuring performance-based bonuses. What's worked well and what has worked not so well?
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    Evergreen Shrub ID

    This planted shrub is doing well in a NC backyard. What is it?
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    Baileys Sucked Today

    Who knew that Bailey's would charge me $120 for shipping and then hold up a $1500 order of chains, chipper knives, and supplies for two weeks because a few items were on backorder. I called during their business hours but no one picked up their phone. It took me about 30 minutes attempting "live...
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    Stihl Parts, online sources?

    I usually have to drive out to a Stihl dealer to get replacement chainsaw parts, and these dealers often have to order the specific parts anyways. The Stihl dealers closest to me do not specialize in saw repairs and my learned expectations for what they can do are low. Are there any good online...
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    Jobber plus Quickbooks?

    We're committed to Jobber, but the office staff is wondering whether it makes sense to try to add/integrate Quickbooks Online for better accounting features. Insights would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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    Climbing/PPE Gear for Small Bodies

    I'm looking for advice on the best climbing gear for a compact female climber. We particularly need help on the items for which fit is critical: helmet, harness, gloves, footwear, chainsaw protective pants.... The helmet should be compatible with the Sena system. It would all be for daily...
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    Bandit Chipper Winch, safety override?, speed modifications?

    The winch on our 12xp (less than a year old) is getting less use than expected. The operators are frustrated by its slow pull rate and way that it cannot be operated in conjunction with the feed wheel. These guys are used to working with older bandit chipper winches. Any thoughts on this? Anyone...
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    Treeage effectiveness of bark beetle attacked pine

    I've got a client with a 22" dbh loblolly with lots of pitch tubes on the lower trunk, though the canopy is still full and is healthy green. A large pine nearby has already died. The remaining pine would be a costly removal. Any info on the effectiveness of Treeage microinjections (or anything...
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    Phosphorous on Axe-Wounded Oaks?

    The discovery of a systemic fungicide that can be sprayed on tree trunks with a bark-penetrant is new to me. My general question is how widely people are using this stuff to combat various fungal and bacterial threats to trees, many of which are difficult to I.D. The label on Reliant (e.g.) is...
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    Spray Guns

    I'm looking to maximize the vertical reach of my 11.6 gpm 500psi sprayer. I've got on it a Green Garde JD9. Any suggestions?
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    Chipper Knife Sharpening options

    Where do folks send/take their knives to be sharpened? I had been sending my knives to Tree Stuff, but it looks like they've removed that service. I'm in central NC. I'd love to find a place to do this nearby, but I don't know how to find such a service.
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    Sherrill's Shitty Website

    Try shopping for a chainsaw bar under "chainsaw accessories" or "replacement parts." Call customer service and you'll get someone who has to run the same searches on the same shitty website. But she can't pronounce "Husqvarna" and she thinks you're looking for a "chainsaw barn". At checkout the...
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    Bucket Truck: Is this a fair deal?

    I'm unfamiliar with bucket trucks but I looked at this truck today and am hoping to purchase it early in the week. We've asked the seller to fix a few issues (replace a sensor, have the lift inspected) before we hand over the cash. I'd really appreciate any feedback as it's a fairly sizable...
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    5,000 lb. chippers

    What are the most productive chippers in the 5,000 lb weight class? At least half of properties we work on allow us to move our chipper right up to the work and leave the wood chips on site. For this we've been pushing around a Woodsman 730x (4,450 lbs) with an SK 1550. The mini then pull out...
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    Water Spade? (hydraulic soil decompaction?)

    Suppose I fitted my skid sprayer (up to 10 gallons per minute, 500 psi) with an air-spade-like attachment passed through an upside-down 5 gallon bucket with a hole in the top. I bet I could bore some holes. With the right sort of head maybe I could bore 4" diameter holes 18" deep all around a...
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    BMG Storage

    I just purchased the Branch Manager grapple and broom and wish I had done so sooner. I'm looking for ideas on how to store these attachments (especially the grapple) on a trailer or a truck when they're not in use. If there's already a thread on this I could not find it. Thanks.
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    Fallen Tree Stump Removal

    What are the options for dealing with the half-uplifted stumps of fallen trees? What's the right equipment for this? The photographed oak stump measures 23.5" at the cut end. I set my clipboard on top of it for scale. It's in a fairly tidy front yard. I really don't want to mess with it, but I'd...
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