Woodpecker Tree Care Winter 2023 Newsletter

1. WINTER HOURS AND OPERATION

2. HEALING FOREST PROJECT

3. PREVENTING PLOW DAMAGE

4. REQUEST FOR ONLINE REVIEWS

5. SPRING START DATE & SPRING DISCOUNT

A climber in snowy trees.

1. WINTER HOURS AND OPERATION

It’s been another good year for Woodpecker Tree Care Ltd. We were so thrilled to expand our team this year, and are so happy to have served regular and new clients in 2023. We will shut down for winter on December 15th, and look forward to a restful off-season.

We will have some members of staff in the office on a semi-regular basis, but we are closed until March 1, 2024. The best way to get in touch with us is by email, but please be advised that it is unlikely we will respond to work inquiries during that time.

Thank you everyone for another spectacular season of tree care!

Woodpecker Headquarters, covered in snow.

2. HEALING FOREST PROJECT

Just behind the teepee and past the garden, there lies an unused piece of wooded land – mostly full of lindens with a few young maples scattered here and there. Here is where New Brunswick’s first Healing Forest is developing.

Mount Allison student Cassandra Gauthier-Downs received a grant from the David Suzuki foundation to develop the only Healing Forest in New Brunswick, and Woodpecker Tree Care is excited to help bring the vision to life. At present, Cassandra is discussing the project with local Indigenous elders, and is excited to bring a healing space to Sackville.

Healing Forests are a national initiative, sparked by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on Canada’s residential schools and institutions, to create intentional forested spaces dedicated to reflection and healing. The National Healing Forest Initiative, founded in 2015, has seen the development of over 30 forests, including the one in development right here in Sackville.

Rory smiles while holding a propane torch.

Woodpecker Tree Care has been on site to help with brush clean up, and the management of a hazardous linden. We volunteered some time to install a COBRA cable in a valuable tree, and look forward to assisting with the project by supplying labour, mulch, and expertise.

3. PREVENTING PLOW DAMAGE

Snow plows can cause significant damage to trees. It is not uncommon for folks to call us once the snow melts and they notice bark and trunk damage left by plows bumping into or sideswiping trees, or burying them in large piles of snow. 

If you hire someone to clear snow for you, or if you do it yourself, be sure to clearly mark or indicate where any valuable trees are. The marker should be visible in the event of a large snowfall and the tree or shrub is buried. For larger trees, placing a marker several feet away from the base of the tree to indicate how far the plow should be might help. If it can be avoided, try not to bury trees (even big ones) in snow for long periods of time.

Woodpecker Headquarters, covered in snow.

4. REQUEST FOR ONLINE REVIEWS

If we had the pleasure of working on your trees this year, we would love to hear from you! Many clients let us know that they are happy with our work by way of an email, phone call, or hand-written note. We appreciate all forms of feedback, but would very much appreciate you taking the time to write us a Google and/or Facebook review online.

Rory eating a cookie with climbing gear on.

Online reviews are extremely helpful to us, and only take a moment to fill out. New reviewers will be entered into a draw for sweet treats from Peace By Chocolate! Thank you to all clients who have provided us feedback.

5. SPRING START DATE & SPRING DISCOUNT

The Woodpeckers will be back at it on March 1st, 2024. If you book work with us before April of next year, we will be happy to offer you 2023 prices. Ideal spring work is fruit tree pruning, structural pruning, and planting. If you have any ideas for the spring, send us an email and we will get back to you once we are in the office!

A wheelbarrow full of wood in front of a wood shed.