Spring 2022 Newsletter

A lawn of daffodils









Spring has sprung, so Woodpecker Tree Care Ltd. is back at it from Monday to Friday. The crew is out and about, when the weather allows, and are ready to come take care of your trees. As mentioned in our winter newsletter, we are still offering last year’s prices until April 30th. Give us a call, and we will send you a quote!

Since it’s still early in the season, the turnaround time between the initial quote and the job is usually between 1-3 weeks. We will keep you updated about when you can expect us, and will accommodate your needs.

Woodpeckers are on duty Monday to Friday, from 7AM to 4PM. We check our emails every morning around the fire at 7AM, and answer the phone if we’re not too busy on a job site.

We hope to see you (and your trees) soon!


After months of hard desk work and organization, Woodpecker Tree Care has made the exciting transformation into Woodpecker Tree Care Ltd. We are officially an incorporated business, which is very exciting news at HQ. It has been a wonderful 20 years in the arboricultural business, and this next step is a big one for a small operation like ours.

Our services and customers operations will remain the same, except for the extra three letters after “Woodpecker Tree Care,” but the business now exists as an entity separate from Kevin, which will make his eventual transfer of or retirement from the business much smoother. Kevin Anderson has no plans to retire any time soon and is just as enthusiastic about tree work as ever, but he is looking forward to becoming an employee again (for the first time since 2001). The final details are still being ironed out, but from now on all papers will be signed with those three extra letters.

Many thanks go out to MacIsaac Darragh Inc. and Hicks LeMoine Law for guiding us through this process.

Kevin Stearns-Anderson with Rory, Beck, and Dan


It might seem early to imagine saplings in the ground, but soon enough it will be the perfect time to plant new trees. Every year, we team up with Charlie the Tree Guy in Old Barns, NS to bring high-quality saplings straight to your doorstep. Charlie is hoping to open up by May 1st, so if you place an order with him before the last week of May, we’ll pick it up for you and deliver it for a small freight fee. If you would like us to get the tree in the ground for you, let us know and we would be happy to accommodate.

Mark your calendars for the end of May!

A person holds a sapling by the stem.
Photo from Charlie the Tree Guy.


Woodpecker Tree Care’s website is one year old now, and we have put a lot of work into updating and improving it. We would appreciate feedback on some recent changes we’ve made, since the goal is to make navigating our business clear and effective (and sometimes entertaining).

The most recent addition is a “What to Expect When You Call” page under our “About Us” section. The page outlines what the average client can anticipate when they hire us, from start to finish. If you are a client of ours, we would very much like to hear your thoughts on this page. Accuracy is important, and if you feel that what we’ve outlined differs from your experience, we would appreciate hearing from you.

We also publish semi-regular blog posts. Recent topics include tree science, interesting jobs, and our relationships with local artisans. If there are topics you have particularly enjoyed, or ones that you would like us to explore, let us know and we will take a look. Submissions from fellow tree nerds are always enjoyed and appreciated.

The services listed on our website have been updated for accuracy, so if you are ever curious about what Woodpecker Tree Care can do for you, that is a good place to start. If you don’t see something you’re curious about, please ask us and we will see what we can do. If we can’t offer a service, we may be able to direct you to someone who can.


Climbing specialist Beck Aurell is rejoining the Woodpecker crew this spring. Beck can usually be found on Prince Edward Island, where she works for Laird Tree Care, but she is making guest appearances in New Brunswick and Nova Scotian trees. Beck brings 10+ years of climbing experience, fabulous team lunches (our social media followers might remember a beautiful photo of eggs benedict), and an expert eye when it comes to arboriculture. The team is lucky and happy to have her back on New Brunswick soil this spring.

Beck in a spruce tree


2022 is Woodpecker Tree Care’s twentieth year in business, and one of the ways we are celebrating is with a year-long monthly giveaway for members of our mailing list. On the 15th of every month, we will draw from our subscriber list and give away some delicious goods from Peace By Chocolate, from Antigonish NS.

We also asked our clients to leave us reviews on Facebook and Google Maps, and those folks were entered into a raffle of their own. Thank you to all who gave us feedback on our social media and Google Maps pages, we appreciate it very much.

If you haven’t received your chocolate yet, don’t worry! All chocolate bars have been mailed and should arrive shortly.

We are excited to serve New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for our twentieth year, and for more years to come. Thank you to our clients for their ongoing support and patronage.


Several generous donors have come forward to provide DutchTrig to valuable Maritime elms this spring, and many have made a 5-year commitment to their trees. Many new sponsors are from this email list, and we thank you all very much for your support.

June is just around the corner, so anyone looking to inoculate their elm this year should contact Meg as soon as possible to make sure you get our list for 2022. If you miss the boat, we will be happy to add you to our 2023 circuit.

We recently updated our “Elms” page on our website, which contains the most up-to-date information about the project. It describes how Dutch Elm Disease spreads, how DutchTrig works, and how Woodpecker Tree Care’s elm project operates. There is also a link to our brochure, which gives you the fast facts about the project.

That being said, we are always looking to expand our reach and inoculate as many valuable elms as possible. If you are interested in helping our project, please reach out and we will be glad to help answer any questions.

Rory inoculates an elm.