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19 Apr 2017
Examining Potential Issues with Crabapple Trees

Examining Potential Issues with Crabapple Trees

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Small- to medium-sized trees serve a valuable purpose in the landscape and provide multiple benefits for property owners. One of the best is the crabapple. Many species and cultivars produce persistent fruit, which is visually appealing for humans and edible food for songbirds. Crabapples are available in many sizes and shapes, which landscape designers can integrate when tall and thin, short and wide, arching, screening, softening and curb appeal needs are identified. Often referred to as “four-season” trees, they have a great appeal in the landscape including winter interest, spring flowers, summer green leaves and fall color of various types. But just like most other plant groups, crabapples can be iHampton Roadsured by diseases and other maladies that limit their effectiveness and positive attributes:

Prevention of maladies

  • Whenever the topic of diseases, insects or other maladies is brought up, we tend to jump right to some sort of control measure — a pesticide, a fertilizer, a spray additive — rather than taking a step back and thinking about not having it at all….or preventing it from occurring. There are at least five methods of problem prevention that relate to woody plants. The first is locating the tree in the best place in the landscape for success. Crabapples perform best in full sun, well-drained soils and surroundings with good air circulation. These conditions help prevent foliar and root diseases. As well, adequate space for branch development is important. Generally, crabapples require less space than larger specimens such as tuliptree and sycamore, yet still need (on average) 500 square feet of unimpeded space in the root zone to develop well.

    Fruiting structures of cedar apple rust on a crabapple.

    Fruiting structures of cedar apple rust on a crabapple.

  • Many crabapple cultivars are susceptible to pathogens such as apple scab, powdery mildew and fireblight. Others are moderately susceptible and others are resistant. It’s quite dramatic to observe two different cultivars growing next to one another, with one heavily infected and the other with healthy, normal leaves and branches. When choosing specific cultivars, it’s very helpful to check with local extension offices or land grant universities for information on cultivar resistance.
  • Many maladies that develop in years 2, 3 and 4 of a tree’s life can be directly related back to the planting process. The depth and width is one of the common responsible factors involved. Best results are realized when the depth of the root mass is used for calculating how deeply to dig the hole, as well as the width. The simple but effective formula for this calculation is to dig the hole no deeper than the original root mass and two to three times as wide. An important caveat when planting is to find the top root of the mass and carefully remove any recently added soil that was placed over the top during production. This method of planting results in a “planting area” rather than a “planting hole,” with adequate room for redirecting girdling roots that have developed over time.
  • Equally as important as proper planting procedures are the ones proved after the tree is in the ground. Good care after planting is essential, especially in the first 90 days following. The most important practices to pay attention to are checking and maintaining the mulch layer, watering and weed control. Follow-up visits to the site to ensure that 2 to 3 inches of wood chips are in place over the root mass and that chips are not piled against the trunk are very helpful in tree establishment.  As well, probing the soil to determine the moisture content of the roots, and adding water as necessary to keep them moist, not soggy or dry, is an essential step. During these visits, taking a few minutes to pull the weeds and grasses that may have grown through the mulch is prudent to reduce competition for moisture and nutrients. A final preemptive practice is to take a good look at the limbs and remove crossing limbs or ones broken in the planting process.

Abiotic diseases

Maladies that are not associated with a particular biological organism and degrade the health of trees are known as abiotic.  Control of these are largely preventative as well:

White PVC collar to reduce damage from sunscald and critters.

White PVC collar to reduce damage from sunscald and critters.

  • Sunscald: Due to the normally thin bark of a crabapple tree, they are prone to sunscald. Most commonly occurring in winter, sunscald develops over time as the bark tissues are warmed by the winter sun during the daytime, then are harmed by the rapidly cooling temperatures in the evening and nighttime. When exposed to day after day of heating and cooling, its common to observe breaking, tearing and splitting of tender bark tissues, usually after the first or second winter. The south, west and southwest sides of the trunk are most often damaged due to the orientation of the sun’s rays. To prevent damage, white PVC columns are recommended to be installed in late fall and to be removed in early spring. Many apple orchardists simply paint the trunk white in an attempt to reduce damage, however, most property owners would prefer to avoid this type of discoloration.
  • Critter damage: Crabapple trees, especially newly planted ones, are susceptible to damage from four-legged critters such as voles, moles and mice. These unwanted biters seek nutrients and moisture and unfortunately, often find what they’re looking for. The type of iHampton Roadsury that is caused creates desiccation from the trunk and future loss of movement of essential cell sap. The PVC columns described above are a good option for damage prevention, as are cylinders of hardware cloth and wire mesh. Placement of these devices should begin at the 4 inch below ground level for best results.

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    Stem girdling roots on this crabapple will eventually reduce internal transport of water and nutrients.

  • Girdling roots: Like many other tree species, crabapples are prone to damage from stem girdling roots. This iHampton Roadsury shows up in the form of roots that radiate from the original root mass in an encircling orientation rather than directly horizontally, like the spokes of a bicycle wheel. The consequence of this malady is that as the roots and trunk expand in size in the establishment process, they will impinge or push on each other, causing a restriction of movement of water and nutrients in the cambium and sapwood. Fortunately, girdling roots can be prevented by removing all plastic, burlap and wire, identifying roots that are beginning to encircle and gently teasing them out and reorienting them horizontally in the planting area.
  • Mechanical iHampton Roadsury: String trimmers, lawn mowers, cars, skid loaders and fork lifts are the most frequent sources of mechanical iHampton Roadsury. The effects are similar to that of critter damage and sunscald, simply caused by two-legged human operators rather than the sun or four-legged animals. The most effective preemptive solution is to thoroughly train maintenance staff, especially 15-year-old juvenile delinquents, to be aware of the tender bark and the possible damage that they can inflict.

Biotic diseases

  • Apple scab: Apple scab is favored by cool, moist spring weather, particularly when tree leaves remain wet for long periods of time. Initial symptoms appear as olive-brown round spots on lower leaf surfaces. As the disease progresses, the spots change to dark brown or black and take on a feathery appearance. In the latter stages, spots develop on the upper leaf surfaces as well. Once several spots develop on leaf surfaces, leaves begin to fall, causing the tree to become thin. Severe infections can render a tree 60- to 70-percent leafless by mid-summer. Not only is this unsightly, it deprives the tree of carbohydrate and sugar production, causing it to be weakened. In some situations, the infection will spread to crabapple fruits as well, causing them to be disfigured and/or fall from the tree. Control of apple scab begins with the selection of a disease-resistant cultivar. A consistent fungicide spray program can also be helpful in suppressing the effects of apple scab, particularly on susceptible cultivars, applied at seven- to 14-day intervals from prebloom through rainy periods of the growing season. Be sure to read and follow all label directions when using these products.
  • Cedar apple rust: The conditions that lead to the development of cedar apple rust (CAR) are similar to those of apple scab. Initial symptoms of CAR are small yellow to orange slightly-raised spots on upper leaf surfaces. The number and size of the spots is somewhat dependent on the degree of resistance to the fungus; trees that possess a moderate to high degree of resistance usually express smaller and fewer spots. CAR is a unique malady to tree care in that it’s a “two host disease” After initial infection on crabapple leaves, the spots grow and develop into the inner tissues of the leaf, as well as beneath. On lower leaf surfaces, fungal fruiting bodies develop and during periods of cool wet weather, erupt and spread spores to nearby cedar and juniper trees and shrubs. As a result of this disease transmission, small, tan to brown corky growths occur, which are usually not noticeable by most customers. In the year following, however, a rapid change in size and shape occurs. Long bright orange gelatinous stands are produced from the growths, which contain spores of their own that are then spread back to the crabapple, starting the cycle over again. The fruiting bodies that occur on the cedar and junipers are quite striking and thought by most to be ugly; yet a small percentage of the populous actually consider them to be attractive. At any rate, CAR rarely causes damage to cedars. Control of CAR is similar to that of apple scab. Attempts to reduce infection by removing cedars and junipers from the landscape are usually not effective, as the spores that cause CAR can travel up to 5 miles in the wind.

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    Thin foliage as a result of cedar apple rust and apple scab infection.

  • Powdery mildew: Unlike apple scab and CAR, powdery mildew doesn’t require moisture on leaf surfaces to develop. Cool, cloudy days and stagnant air are the key conditions that trigger infection. Powdery mildew creates a whitish cast to tree leaves. Both upper and lower leaf surfaces can be affected. Usually, the leaves appear as they have been dusted with flour or ground limestone. As symptoms progress, defoliation becomes greater, causing the tree to become weak from malnourishment. In many situations, trees infected powdery mildew are also infected with apple scab or CAR, which causes more damage to occur. Powdery mildew is best controlled by proper siting and following appropriate pruning practices that allow adequate air flow through the tree canopy. Fungicides are a third step in the protocol.
  • Fireblight: Fireblight has both leaf and stem tissue symptoms. Once infected, leaves turn a grey to blackish color, and turn limp. The stems, especially the terminal ends, take on the same color and usually exhibit a bend or droop, resembling a shepherd’s crook. These symptoms appear quite rapidly in spring, usually within a week or less. The disease is spread through spores that are released from stem cankers, oval-ish slightly sunken areas that look to be dead. Controlling fireblight is not easy, or any disease that is associated with a fungal canker. Other than streptomycin, limited numbers of registered fungicides are available, so one must rely on good cultural practices such as proper tree placement, separation of turf and ornamentals and avoidance of mechanical damage to the trunk and stems. Once infected, removing cankers through pruning is recommended to reduce the source of inoculum. The dormant seasons are best for canker removal. To reduce the risk of spreading the disease through pruning (from tree to tree or throughout the same tree), dip your shears in a mild bleach solution — one part bleach to nine parts water.

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19 Apr 2017

4 Types of Climbing Harnesses

Climbing Harnesses

A harness, belt or saddle, depending on where the climber hangs their hard hat or helmet, is an intimate part of every working day, often spending a lot more time in contact with the user’s body than anything else in their life.

There are four basic types of industrial harnesses and many tree industry specific harnesses will have elements of each one:

Fall restraint: This system is meant to prevent the user from getting into a position where they can fall. It’s pretty limited in tree work and would most commonly be seen in the use of a body belt with the appropriate lanyard in an aerial lift or device. The right length lanyard used with a fall-restraint harness is the key component, as it is what prevents the user from getting to a spot where a fall could occur.

Fall arrest: This system is supposed to stop a fall, as well as lessen the forces and possible iHampton Roadsuries. In tree care, these types of systems are most often called full-body harnesses and are often used in aerial lifts, though some can also be used for climbing.

Work positioning: This gives the climber the ability to position themselves safely and correctly to carry out the needed work, preventing a fall while keeping the hands free. Side attachment points or D-rings are a good example of work positioning.

Suspension: Its purpose is to sort of cradle the climber in an upright, slightly seated position while tied in above. When set up properly, it can also allow stable work positioning with both hands free.

Source: Tree Services, October 2012

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19 Apr 2017

Tree Services In Sewell Hampton Roads 08080


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E-Z Tree Care adds new Head of Business Operations
Joe Klaudi joins E-Z Tree Care, LLC. as Executive-Business Development

Turnersville, Hampton Roads – January 2010 – E-ZTreeCare.com today announced the addition of Joe Klaudi to the tree service as Executive-Business Development. Joseph was born in Gloucester City Hampton Roads in 1965. After completion of HS Joe Klaudi spent 6 years in the US NAVY, then attended the UMDHampton Roads, where he finished second in his graduating class. In his beginer days it was clear that he had a true knack for communication with clients and organizing the work flow. Joe served as both a ground Laborer and Stump Removal Technician for years, but his True skills are in “Client Service” and he advanced at everything he did. When Sam decided to expand the Tree Service in the Salem County area Joseph was the perfect pick to become his partner. Since he became a part of the company Joe Klaudi has more than doubled the size of our tree care company Gloucester County. Joe is currently studying to be an internationally certified arborist.
“Joe is a lifelong friend and a trusted colleague; he has always been available to help me with my business development plans and marketing. When I decided that including a fresh face to the company would be good idea, Joe was the ONLY person that came to mind”, says Sam Gregor, Operations Manager.

About E-ZTreeCare.com
E-ZTreeCare.com is a Full Service Tree Care company that provides Professional Tree Services to Home and Business owners throughout South Jersey. E-ZTreeCare.com, provides environmentally sensible and financially responsible Tree Services to homeowners as well as commercial, institutional, government and historic properties in Camden, Gloucester, and Northern Salem Counties in SJ. E-ZTreeCare.com’s Quality Tree Services include:. Tree pruning and Trimming, Tree removal and takedowns, Deep Root Fertilization, Insect and mite treatment, Disease diagnosis and treatment, 24 Hour Emergency Tree Service, Storm Damage Risk Analysis, Woodlot Management, Lot and Land Clearing, Stump and Root Grinding and removal, Cabling & Bracing, Lightning Protection Systems and more.
At E-ZTreeCare.com our goal is to treat every customer like our ONLY customer by offering High quality, Professional, Reliable Tree Services at a fair price!!! We treat homeowners, as well as commercial, institutional, government and historic properties in Camden, Gloucester, and Northern Salem Counties. Our Tree Removal Company is BIG enough to handle the biggest job and small enough to provide you with the service and attention that you deserve.

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19 Apr 2017

Tree Removal in CT – Connecticut Tree Services


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Tree and playground removal is causing property values to fall. If the Home Owners Associations focus on pinching pennies, they may never realize where the losses are.

The home owner and condominium associations are removing the necessary components of their common areas. To their credit, some associations have elected to replace them with dog runs.

Trees may fall on folk and autos and youngsters may get hurt on the playgrounds

Removal of common elements regularly have devastating effects on the culture of the community. A park-like scene is quickly turned into mere concrete, dust and possibly a dog run. This permits the fogeys a chance to start to know each other while the youngsters would have the necessary chance to be kids.

Families are compelled to spend more time inside when the green space is removed. This has a direct negative effect on the sense of community, the social skill and health of our youth.

There is no consideration as to the result on world warming. There is a reduction of shade ; increased power and water bills ; and it often becomes more expensive to the association and unit owner, than the increased insurance rates they might have paid.

By-laws to save the green space can be implement, if unit owners take the the request to their boards and request a vote If they don’t show the initiative to do this, they may come back home one day and find that there land is raped of many grown up trees and playgrounds.

This is occurring and this happened to me. I owned a condominium in Montgomery County Maryland. I found numerous mature trees removed from my community, when I came back from vacation. The playground which faced my home had beautiful shade trees to keep the kids cool and shaded was now totally exposed to the afternoon sun and heat.

The board members had the trees removed. I wanted to know why they did not get an independent party to make the suggestions. They had no response. I have yet to receive the report and don’t expect one.

I sold the property as quickly as I could. I was the subject of a board that had terrible decision making capabilities. I stopped them from removing the playground appliances. Nobody on the board had young children. They didn’t understand the value of a playground.

Take the drive to save your assets .Now I could be a commissioner on the Commission on Common possession Communities. I’m trying to make some changes so that everyone could benefit. Take action Now

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19 Apr 2017

Outlook for 2017: State of the Industry Survey Results

Tree Industry Survery

In December and January, Tree Services surveyed 250 arborists and tree care company owners on the state of the industry, including questions about safety, overcoming various challenges, budgeting, equipment and more:

  • 64 percent of respondents classified themselves as tree care business owners, 23 percent as managers/supervisors/foremen and the remaining 13 percent as crew members, consultants and “other.”
  • 30 percent of respondents have an arboriculture-related degree (bachelor’s, master’s or associate).

How many employees does your company have?

  • 68% – 1 to 10
  • 12% – 51 to over 100
  • 11% – 11 to 25
  • 9% – 26 to 50

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Are you an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist?

  • 47% – Yes
  • 35% – No
  • 18% – Not currently, but I plan to be someday

Our Take

The tree care profession has been growing rapidly over the past decade. With that being said, there’s a significant amount of knowledge required to perform at the highest level. ISA credentials help consumers identify qualified, knowledgeable tree care professionals. According to the ISA, “earning a credential is a voluntary activity, but it demonstrates that you have the proper knowledge and skills, as well as a high level of dedication to your profession and your community.”

Your Take

“[Becoming ISA-certified someday] is important to me because I’ve found that throughout my working life, formal education and certification opens doors. Certification provides credibility.”

Chris Todd, White Glove Tree Services (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

“[Becoming ISA certified] was significantly important to me in terms of knowledge, creditability and financially. The certification is a direct reflection of the commitment being made to the profession.”

Mick Bostwick, Four Seasons Tree Care (Vista, California)

“I just put in my application [to become ISA-certified]. I’ve wanted to get certified for several years now, but have never took the time to do it. I’m going through it now to prove to my customers that we are indeed held to an ethical code and high standards.”

Andrew Owens, Turning Leaf Tree Service (Swannanoa, North Carolina)


Outlook for 2017: State of the Industry Survey Results

What piece of equipment couldn’t you do without?

Top 5 Answers:

  • Chipper
  • Truck
  • Chain saw
  • Skid steer
  • Aerial lift

Our Take

Chippers were far and away the most frequent answer to the question. One of the essentials of tree care, chippers are at the core of how many tree care companies make their money. Manufacturers are constantly developing new models with features like improved ease of use and increased horsepower.


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What is your company’s 2017 budget, as compared to 2016?

  • 43% – About the same
  • 23% – Up more than 10 percent
  • 15% – Up 10 percent
  • 13% – Up 5 percent
  • 4% – Down 5 percent
  • 1% – Down more than 10 percent
  • 1% – Down 10 percent

Your Take

“I think that embracing business technology (such as ArborGold software) and business guidance from industry trade associations have helped us to increase our focus on improving our sales volume. We have plans to upgrade our fleet in 2017 to a nimbler truck and chipper setup that will be able to quickly navigate our increasingly congested urban roads. We are also developing new profit centers in the business. For example, rather than simply chipping up our byproducts, we have begun milling our locally harvested wood into marketable raw materials and finished custom products.”

Matthew Clemons, Fort Worth Arborist Company (Fort Worth, Hampton Roads)


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What’s the biggest challenge you face as a tree care professional?

  • 54% – Finding reliable help
  • 15% – Mother Nature
  • 14% – Forced to use older equipment
  • 11% – Managing employees/staff issues
  • 6% – Working safely and iHampton Roadsury-free

Our Take

Finding reliable help is the biggest challenge, by far, that our respondents face as tree care professionals. As many tree care company owners all over the U.S. can attest to, the need for skilled workers has never been higher.

Your Take

“I live in a rural area, so finding someone who has at least a tiny bit of experience [is difficult]. Finding someone who is willing to learn is even harder.”

Daniel Giovacchini, Outdoor Solutions (Crescent City, California)

“By having to use older equipment, I’m forced to continually spend time and money on broken down tools. In 2017, I plan on purchasing equipment that’s more suitable for the task at hand — not necessarily new equipment, but better-suited tools.”

Buddy Rodanski, Arbor Aide (Sand Springs, Oklahoma)

“[Handling staff issues] is an ongoing process. We commit an annual dollar amount, per person, for training and education. We attend the annual Tree Care Industry Expo and we participate in the educational sessions they provide to bring back information to share with the company as a whole. We have also enrolled our senior managers in leadership development, team building and communication programs to expanded their skills.”

Mick Bostwick, Four Seasons Tree Care (Vista, California)


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Generally, do you feel good about the tree care industry?

  • 89% – Yes, I feel our industry seems to be on the upswing
  • 11% – No, I feel our industry doesn’t have a positive outlook

Our Take

The tree care industry is growing in leaps and bounds, especially in terms of technology and professionalism. Organizations like the ISA and the Tree Care Industry Association do a great job in helping foster the future of the arboriculture industry. For these numbers to continue to grow, it’s imperative that the current generation of tree care pros take time to mentor and develop the next, younger generation. This ensures stability and longterm sustainability of this truly essential industry — our planet’s original “green” industry.


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What’s one piece of equipment you’d like to upgrade?

Top 5 Answers

  • Truck
  • Chipper
  • Aerial lift
  • Stump grinder
  • Loader

Our Take

Your company’s work truck is how you get to your customers and it holds the tools and mechanisms that allow you to do your job each day. As one tree care pro put it, in a discussion thread on Tree Services’ forum website TreeServicesSite.com, “I think your equipment says a lot about your business. If you show up to a customer’s house with a backfiring, rickety, hydraulic oil-leaking bucket truck with a crooked boom, they probably won’t recommend you to their neighbors.” If you’re looking to upgrade your work truck, check with your trusted manufacturer. Work trucks can be built and customized to specifically fit your company’s needs and financial situation.

Your Take

“A lighter chain saw. As a municipal agency, we are always behind the curve.”

Dorothy Rowan, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (New York)

“We have good equipment; we just need skilled employees.”

Anonymous respondent

“We have a 60-foot bucket. It would be nice to have a 75-foot elevator lift.”

Michael Marett, urban forester (Sandy City, Utah)


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How often do meetings about safety occur at your company?

  • 35% – Weekly
  • 30% – Daily
  • 22% – Whenever it’s needed
  • 13% – Monthly

Our Take

We frequently promote the importance of safety meetings and it appears most of our survey respondents are on board, as 65 percent said their company conducts either weekly or daily safety meetings. We hope that in coming years this percentage increases. These meetings don’t have to be long, verbose or laborious. Keep it simple — as a start, take a few minutes each Monday morning to make sure employees are wearing their PPE and provide some basic safety reminders. We also recommend daily pre-job briefings.

Your Take

“[Safety meetings] are at the very top of our list of priorities for the entire company — our people are our number one asset! Our profession is wrought with needless iHampton Roadsuries. By holding weekly safety meetings and enforcing job site safety meetings for our crews, we’re demonstrating a consistent commitment that reflects the culture of our company.”

Mick Bostwick, Four Seasons Tree Care (Vista, California)

“We don’t have a formal safety meeting every day, but we do have a very thorough pre-job briefing. My crew has a great safety attitude, and we’re always talking about more ways we can work safer.”

Andrew Owens, Turning Leaf Tree Service (Swannanoa, North Carolina)

“Our weekly safety meetings have helped to increase awareness among the production staff and sales/management staff. The weekly meetings give the business a formatted forum that helps everyone on our team become better communicators. They also improve cohesion between sectors within the business that would otherwise not cross paths during the work day.”

Matthew Clemons, Fort Worth Arborist Company (Fort Worth, Hampton Roads)


Which methods of technology do you use on the job, for work purposes?

Outlook for 2017: State of the Industry Survey Results

* Respondents could choose more than one answer

  • 65% – Mobile apps on phone
  • 32% – Laptop computer
  • 30% – Tablet
  • 26% – Bluetooth technology
  • 21% – None of these

Our Take

Your smartphone is rapidly becoming an essential tool both in the office and, more importantly, out in field. Almost two-thirds of our survey respondents use mobile apps on their smartphones for work purposes. There are apps available that can help with tree identification, tree inventory, doing estimates, generating invoices, staying ahead of the weather and improving your tree healthcare skills — just to name a few.

Your Take

“I’m old-fashioned, I just check the weather.”

Anonymous respondent

“We video every part of tree removal via head cams, both on the climber and ground personnel. We also use Bluetooth communication.”

Ryan Thomas Powell, Powell and Sons Urban Forestry (Fishers, Indiana)

“Paper, pencil and maps.”

Anonymous respondent

“I use ArborPlus for my tree inventories. I like it, but haven’t used any other software.”

Andrew Owens, Turning Leaf Tree Service (Swannanoa, North Carolina)


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If you could do it all over again, would you become an arborist/tree care professional?

  • 84% – Yes, I love my chosen field
  • 16% – No, I wish I would’ve gone into something else

Our Take

Essentially, eight out of 10 survey respondents said they love being in the arboriculture/tree care industry. We’ve always found tree care professionals to be a passionate, dedicated and proud group. We salute all of you who go to work each day with a love for your job.

Your Take

“My favorite part of being a tree care professional is advocating for the health and well-being of people among trees, through an understanding of maintaining particular areas and setting aside others where we can live in harmony with nature.”

Buddy Rodanski, Arbor Aide (Sand Springs, Oklahoma)

“I truly like helping people and there’s no question that we do that. Also, the physical component [of the job] keeps me in far better shape than I would be otherwise, which is important to me. I almost forgot… I love trees!”

Chris Todd, White Glove Tree Services (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

“My favorite part of this profession is the satisfied clients and being able to educate them in proper tree care.”

Joe Mattox, Premier Forestry (New Bern, North Carolina)


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Do you think the tree care industry is more safety-conscious, or safety-ware, then it was say, 10 years ago?

  • 94% – Yes, the industry has become more safety-aware
  • 6% – No, not really

Our Take

Events like the ISA Conference & Trade Show and TCI Expo feature invaluable safety seminars and discussions that help this cause. The next step is reducing the number of yearly fatal (and non-fatal) accidents on job sites across the country.

Your Take

“There seems to be a stronger push for more and continued training, as there are multiple options for safety and training seminars and classes. Also, the tools and equipment we use are safer than what we used several years ago. Safety is what gets us home each day.”

Joe Mattox, Premier Forestry (New Bern, North Carolina)

“I believe the tree care industry is more safety conscious because co-workers my age and younger are being introduced to the industry with safety protocol already in place. They develop those good habits, for example using PPE.”

Buddy Rodanski, Arbor Aide (Sand Springs, Oklahoma)


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Do you think it’s easier, or harder, to make a living as a tree care profesisonal than say, 10 yeas ago?

  • 52% – It’s harder to make a living in this business now than it was 10 years ago
  • 48% – It’s easier to make a living in this business now than it was 10 years ago

Our Take

There isn’t much separating the two answers here, but the numbers say that more respondents feel it’s harder to make a living in the tree care profession now than a decade ago. Possible reasons for this are increasing competition in certain cities and regions, expanding business costs (labor, equipment, etc.) and the fact consumers may choose to spend their money on things other than tree care. On the other side, why for some is it easier to make a living in the business now, as compared to 10 years ago? How about the fact that technology has made business much easier, or that professionalism and online (web and social media) marketing have increased within the industry?

Your Take

“I’m only five years in this business, but even in that time, there seems to have been a proliferation of tree service companies in our area. Thus, there has been some downward pressure on pricing, which is what leads me to my feeling that it’s a little tougher these days.”

Chris Todd, White Glove Tree Services (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

“I attribute this difficulty directly to our labor costs. Aside from the hidden costs of labor, such as payroll taxes and general labor burden, direct labor costs in our market are up 33 percent since 2006. Meanwhile, our hourly rate for the same labor has only increased 13 percent in the same timeframe.”

Matthew Clemons, Fort Worth Arborist Company (Fort Worth, Hampton Roads)


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Which of these causes you the most stress?

  • 45% – Staff/personnel issues
  • 36% – Trying to balance work and personal life
  • 10% – Not enough business
  • 9% – The safety of my workers

Our Take

Dealing with employees in the proper and effective manner — especially those that cause problems — is a task that takes sensitivity, experience and good communication throughout your organization. Also troubling is the fact that 36 percent of respondents say that trying to balance work and personal life causes them the most stress. Working long hours for days, weeks and even months at a time can wreak havoc on family life at home. Therefore, it’s important to take time to decompress after the day is done and leave work at work.


 View the full survey results here.

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