How do we get our ropes up a tree?

This is one of the most frequent questions Woodpecker Tree Care staff gets on the job. The process is typically quick, so clients tend to miss the process altogether by the time they check in. We don’t lasso the trunk or bring stilts, but getting ropes up a tree is still pretty fun (and surprisingly simple). With the help of a weight, a throw line, and sometimes a slingshot, we’re able to pull our ropes up into a tree’s canopy.

Watch Woodpecker Tree Care’s Kevin Anderson and Rory Fraser demonstrate the process:

Poplar removal in Centre Village, NB

Woodpecker Tree Care is dedicated to keeping trees alive and healthy, but sometimes the only thing left we can do for a tree is cut it down. Cutting a tree is always a last resort around here, but with this particular job it was the only option. This gigantic poplar is a hybrid that grows to great height at rapid speed. If it had been given another ten years, it could have doubled in height. Unfortunately, it was planted too close to a house and was dangerously leaning over top of it, so we were hired to respectfully and safely help this 60 foot beauty fall.

Meet Kevin Stearns-Anderson

Now that we’re well into summer, you might see the friendly faces of Woodpecker staff out and about (or up a tree) with their chainsaws and hard hats. We thought that you might as well be introduced to the people hanging out of the neighbourhood trees, so we’re starting “Meet the Team Mondays!” It only makes sense to start with Kevin Anderson, the owner and operator of Woodpecker Tree Care.

Vallie Stearns and Kevin Anderson relax after a good meal at Bistro le Chat Bleu in Baie Verte, New Brunswick.
Kevin and his wife Vallie enjoying some down time at Bistro le Chat Bleu
(photo Janet Hammock)

How to hire an arborist

A smiling Ed Gilman gives a talk on how to hire an arborist.

Dr Ed Gilman has been a mentor to us, both through his books on structural pruning, and through seminars we’ve attended in Canada and the USA.

This excerpt from his book “An Illustrated Guide to Pruning Trees” covers some of the factors to consider when hiring an Arborist – a trained tree-care professional you can trust.

In addition to his work on structural pruning, his research on hurricane damage in trees and nursery methods for developing strong and stable roots, has been groundbreaking. Over the course of his career he’s managed to change the entire tree care industry in North America and around the world.

HOW TO HIRE AN ARBORIST
by Edward F. Gilman, University of Florida

Arborists make a career of caring for trees in urban and suburban landscapes. They work for companies commonly referred to as tree experts, tree services, tree care, arborists, tree specialists and others. Here are a few tips for selecting a company to work with your trees.