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  1. Redtree

    Happy Holidays!

    merry Christmas my two trees. the cut one is from 2 months ago. cut a few hundred trees at a golf course. At least we pruned several which may otherwise have been removed. This is from the top of a 35 foot Fir. Losing needles like a spruce now but still taking water. Turkey time. Sent from...
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    Alex Black

    very sad. born in 87. he had just one keen post on treebuzz with a life of fun in trees ahead of him. I've made mistakes and near misses and 2 trips in an ambulance. I could have landed slightly different. Getting safer though and more aware of general lead ups to fatal mistakes. wake up every...
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    Tree Climbing Discord Server

    I'm antisocial too. I'm working on it Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
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    Cabling: Too tight? Too loose?

    I agree that dynamic systems are better, at least initially. And I also agree that we will be back to a client 90 percent of the time, at least on a 5-10 year outlook. Over 20 years, everything changes. It's a common challenge with tree care, that we sort of have an average management period of...
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    Taking photos up in the tree

    Remember that involving a phone or camera is a distraction. You may be rolling a video and describing something, even something about safety, and then you forget this is real life and make an error while focusing on the camera rolling. You can put two holes in the wrist of an old work glove and...
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    Tree Climbing Discord Server

    No offence to the new suggestion, perhaps there is a great benefit to that kind of format somewhere amongst tree people. On the other hand, there is aready a general lack of the skill and practice of reading and writing. Much like, but somewhat beside the point that communication by sending...
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    Cabling: Too tight? Too loose?

    I agree that pruning should accompany a cable, especially when the tree is vigorous and full. its in the standard. when it is old and thin already, that may not be an option and that's ok. As for tightness I think it depends. Interesting point about avoiding slack during storm events by applying...
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    Dead Wood

    can you elaborate? Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
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    Thinning

    good point JD3000, specifications or guidelines on a work order could specify a ratio of reduction cuts and removal cuts, or use them otherwise in more specific ways. Like my previous post you could replace 'thinning' with 'removal cuts'
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    Thinning

    Colb, I think you make a good point about thinning being a side effect. perhaps I can create context. Imagine a Freemanni Maple, with one to one stem ratios the whole way. Reducing by some definitions may completely ruin the tree. Doing nothing leaves the tree to choke itself in the long...
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    Thinning

    sorry colb, you beat me to the diameter ratio thing as i was typing
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    Thinning

    A reduction cut differs from a thinning cut in that the cut diameter is larger than the remaining stem diameter. Thinning involves removal cuts, which are smaller than the remaining stem. One ISA definition, I think from the small pruning handbook, states that thinning is done "at the outside...
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    Dead Wood

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. I think crown cleaning is less significant, maybe not completely insignificant. I think a trees success relies very little on whether or not it is deadwooded. Just think about it. You have a hundred trees and you deadwood half and you leave half alone. I highly doubt...
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    Dead Wood

    Agreed. Thats why I started a couple other threads. nature vs civilization and reducing trees is unnatural. I fully believe we can improve a trees resilience. Especially when we cut live tissue in the right place vs cutting deadwood. Deadwood can fall off any old time. Cutting it off hardly...
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    2 Canadian, Ottawa-Gatineau tornados, ef2, ef3

    I can imagine. The trees that are easily felled will be targets and labeled 'dangerous' just to sell the job. hopefully some of the homeowners will be aware of the fact that they need a conservative arborists opinion. A few of those wolves are likely arborists who make it hard for the homeowners...
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    2 Canadian, Ottawa-Gatineau tornados, ef2, ef3

    Even trees that aren't storm damaged at all will bite you. Yes there may be fractures in the remaining trees and thats why I said "almost certainly". Thats why you get up there maybe even with a small chainsaw which is only a pruning tool 1 percent of the time. Then you release hangers and...
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    Blower Me.

    the only thing worse than using a rake when a blower is better, is using a blower when a rake is better. Much like planting a small tree where a big one is best is worse than planting a big one where a small one is best. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
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    2 Canadian, Ottawa-Gatineau tornados, ef2, ef3

    It's very sad to see the tree damage. I heard some people in Arlington Woods are mourning the loss of the trees. Particularly the old White Pines. I just can't believe there were no human casualties. Is that accurate? Very lucky. And how is it going with the post storm attitude? Is there a good...
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    Basics of Pruning and Removal for Beginners.

    Good example Dan of a species that really backs up what you were saying earlier about reducing lateral limbs and leaving uprights. looks like a Red Oak. White oak might be true to this point even more, as I have seen the odd vigorous Red that could use reduction or more often thinning of the...
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    Basics of Pruning and Removal for Beginners.

    I like some of what all of you are saying. I think so many arboricultural terms are taken out of context and understandably misunderstood. So this post relates to the basics in that beginners reading hear need to hear all the points made around certain terms as many arborists, myself included...

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