October 4th, 2013
Congratulations to Jason on becoming and ISA Certified Arborist! He smoked the Certified Arborist exam administered through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Unfortunately this announcement is a bit delayed, since Jason actually passed several months back, but it has been a hectic late Summer/early Autumn. Jason’s years of experience – along with his countless hours of studying and research – have enabled him to join the small group of arboriculture professionals who have achieved this noteworthy status.
The International Society of Arboriculture is an educational and scientific organization committed to spreading information regarding the tree care and preservation. It is one of the largest organizations of tree care professionals in the world. In 1992 the ISA founded its certification program with the goal of improving the knowledge and standards of practice within the tree care industry. In addition, the program is designed to help the general public in identifying qualified professionals who have a thorough knowledge of tree care practices, as demonstrated by passing the ISA education program and exam.
This program is voluntary. All individuals who choose to earn this certification must complete an education program and exam that covers all facets of arboriculture. This includes topics such as tree identification, pruning, soil management, tree biology, safe working practices, diagnosis & treatment, tree risk management, and much more.
When you work with Leaf & Limb Tree Service, you can rest easy knowing that Jason and all our other ISA Certified Arborists have a working knowledge of how to properly care for your trees.
August 1st, 2013
Originally from Asia, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive metallic green beetle that causes major harm. It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and likely made its entrance into the US via wooden crates holding products from Asia. Since 2002, EAB has spread to 20 states and killed tens of millions of trees throughout the US. Yes, you read that right – tens of millions of trees are gone because of EAB. This pest feeds on the transportation tissue of ash trees, which causes death by preventing the ash tree from absorbing water and nutrients. Unfortunately, EAB has no natural predators here in the US.
Just recently two adult Emerald Ash Borers were spotted in Granville County. Evidence of the EAB’s presence was also detected in nearby Person and Vance Counties. As such, North Carolina’s four species of ash trees (Green Ash, Pumpkin Ash, White Ash, Carolina Ash) are now officially at risk.
The good news is that we can help save your ash trees. We offer a highly effective treatment for EAB using Emamectin Benzoate applied directly into the trunk of the tree. It can be applied after the pest has attacked, but it is most effective when applied before an attack. If you have ash trees on your property, now is the time to start thinking about preventative treatments. This does not have to be done immediately, since the EAB population has not yet arrived in the RDU area. But in the coming years, we will begin seeing EAB locally and our ash trees will be at risk.
Contact us today for more information about this treatment.
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April 13th, 2013
Have you ever wondered why there is often such a drastic difference in prices between different tree services? I can answer this in three words: workers compensation insurance.
I know what you are probably thinking right now. You are thinking that before you hire a tree service (or any service provider for that matter) you always request a certificate of insurance (COI) to verify proof of workers compensation insurance. Unfortunately, thanks to what is known as a Ghost Policy, a COI does not mean the tree service actually has any real insurance protection for its employees.
A Ghost Policy is a policy designed for a company with only one member (the owner) and no employees. It is an extremely cheap way for an individual to obtain a COI in order to win bids and projects that require workers comp insurance coverage.
The Ghost Policy, however, has opened a major loophole. Many tree services with employees still purchase this Ghost Policy by claiming either they they have no employees (and pay them off the books) or that their employees are sub-contractors, which is illegal given Federal and State law. By obtaining a Ghost Policy, a tree service is able to show you a COI while saving anywhere from $30,000 to well over $300,000 per year. This allows that service to offer much lower prices – hence the drastic variation in pricing between companies with legitimate insurance and those without.
But here is the incredible danger: by doing this, that service exploits its employees and puts you the client at great risk. If someone is injured on your property, you could be held responsible for medical and related costs.
The good news is that there are ways to avoid hiring such a service. Read our full article The Dangerous Truth About Ghost Insurance Policies to learn more.
Be sure to let us know what you think!