Archive for March, 2010

Happy Arbor Day!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Now that St. Paddy’s Day is over, what better day to look forward to than Arbor Day? Lucky for us, we do not have to wait very long! This Friday is North Carolina’s official Arbor Day, a day when the N.C. Division of Forest Resources encourages each of us to plant a tree.

NC 2010 Arbor Day Poster contest winner by Adrian Dailey

So where exactly did Arbor Day originate? The idea of Arbor Day originally came from Nebraska, a state that used to be a treeless plain. J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer from Detroit, moved to the Nebraska Territory with his wife in 1854. Like other pioneers from the east, Morton and his wife soon began to miss having trees. More importantly, they needed trees to help hold the soil together, to supply building materials, and to provide shade during the hot summer months. After working as a journalist and editor for Nebraska’s first newspaper, all the while spreading the message about the need for trees, Morton became the Secretary of the Nebraska Territory. In this position of influence Morton was able to convince the State Board of Agriculture to pass a tree-planting holiday called “Arbor Day.” Nebraska’s first Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872 and it is estimated that over one million trees were planted that day. Since then, the idea of Arbor Day has spread to states, provinces, and countries all across the world. For North Carolina, Arbor Day was first ratified as part of a bill passed by the state legislature in 1967 and is celebrated each year on the first Friday following March 15.

You might be wondering, why all the fuss about Arbor Day? Well, trees are an essential part of our planet and provide a number of vital services. Trees help clean air, purify water, reduce energy costs by providing shade, diminish carbon dioxide, filter rainfall, reduce soil erosion, and decrease the amount of pollutants that enter our waterways. Where would we be without these miracles? So go ahead, celebrate Arbor day and do our planet some good by planting your very own tree!

To learn more, visit N.C. Division of Forest Resources Arbor Day web page.

PS: For all you Raleigh residents, be sure to check out our last post – the city will give you trees to plant for free! For everybody else, you can buy seeds from N. C. Division of Forest Resources.

Want Free Trees?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

If you live within Raleigh city limits and want free trees, you might just be in luck! Raleigh’s NeighborWoods program is offering Raleigh citizens free trees in exchange for planting and caring for the trees. So long as you meet the program’s three simple requirements, consider yourself the proud owner of free trees! Visit the NeighborWoods website to learn more.

NeighborWoods Free Trees

Tricky Downtown Raleigh Tree Removal

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

The goal behind our blog is to have fun sharing our passion, information, and insights with you – what better way to do this than by discussing recent projects? From time to time, when we think there was something particularly interesting about our day (or week), we will share it with you here on our blog under the “Projects” category (see our list of categories on the right). Please feel free to leave your comments, and if you ever think these posts are boring, do not hesitate to let us know. Sometimes we simply forget that not everybody is as excited about Loblolly Pines, Dwarf Hackberrys, and Turkey Oaks as we are!

Today’s project took place in downtown Raleigh, where the weather was cold and the sky was overcast (certainly not the ideal setting for taking great photos, as you will see). Our task was to remove a medium-sized Willow Oak from beside our client’s house.

Leaf & Limb Tree Service in downtown Raleigh about to begin tree removal

The tree was certainly not oversized, but what made it tricky was its location. The familiar adage “location, location, location” is not only true for real estate, but it is also true for the tree service industry. This same tree, in a less congested are, would have been simple to remove. But as you can see, it was located close to the house, with branches hanging over the roof, and power lines surrounding the tree from many angles.

Tree with power lines all around

Because of this tree’s problematic location, we were forced to climb the tree in order to cut one branch at a time and section the trunk down in small pieces. Once our climber was in the tree, we established a rope pulley system using a sturdy branch fork and then anchored it to our Port-A-Wrap at the base of the tree. This device is perfect for tight situations such as this one where there are no trees nearby to use as an anchor for our ropes. (click here to see the Port-A-Wrap in detail). The Port-A-Wrap basically allows us to use the tree as its own anchor for lowering heavy branches. What a genius contraption, one we appreciate almost every day! Here are a few action shots:

Our climber situated out on a limb, preparing to cut another branch by first securing it with ropes:

Leaf & Limb Tree Service's climber ascends the tree

A tree branch being lowered down with a rope:

Lowering tree branch

The key with a job like this is to take your time and execute every movement with expertise, patience, and precision. One wrong move could cause damage to the property, power lines, or worse, the house itself. After a tense morning, we had stripped the tree of its branches and all that was left was to remove the log. There was no space to fell this log in one piece due to the limited working area, but lucky for us, there was a spot where we were able to drop small sections. Our climber worked his way down the tree trunk, cutting sections along the way. The crew on the ground helped guide each section into the open area by pulling attached ropes. Before long, all that was left of the tree was this:

A stump is all that remains of the tree

This was a tricky tree and we were all very happy with our performance. We were able to successfully remove the oak tree without so much as damaging the surrounding shrubs.

The tree job is complete

At this point, all that was left to do was to head home! Ok, not quite, there was still some cleanup that needed to be finished, but almost….