Seriously. This is amazing, and completely unique. We have been working on this video project over the last several months. It is finally complete!
As you will see, we filmed several tree removal and tree pruning projects using a variety of cameras and devices. One device we used was a camera mounted on a drone, which allowed us to film from the sky. We also used a GoPro mounted on a helmet for several projects in order to provide an up-close, first-person perspective. The outcome is awesome!
Huge thanks to Jacob Avanzato for filming and editing this video. He spent a tremendous amount of time on this project. You can visit his website at http://www.jacobavanzato.com/
Watch the video, be amazed, and then share the video with friends and family. Oh, and definitely let us know what you think
One of our clients in Raleigh recently asked us to trim some dead and dying limbs from a pine tree located next to his fence and back patio. We decided to create a short video of our climber performing this task, in order to give you an idea of what is involved with a trimming project. As you will see, trimming is by no means an easy task. The climber must have proper training, a great deal of physical ability, and safety awareness. Before you watch this video, let me point out a few important highlights:
For a trimming project, it is important not to use spikes when ascending the tree. Spiking a live tree leaves small wounds along the trunk. These open wounds could lead to health problems in the future.
Pruning cuts must be made at the branch collar. If pruning cuts are made too close to the trunk (this is called a “flush cut”) the tree is not able to properly heal over the cut. Flush cuts leave a tree more susceptible to future rot, infections, and pest infestations.
It is often necessary to lower limbs down using a rope. This is called rigging. This prevents the branches from causing damage to property below.
Enjoy this video and be sure to let us know if you have a trimming or pruning project in mind. We would love to send one of our ISA Certified Arborists out to meet with you in order to discuss your needs and offer solutions. As always, these estimates are free.
Have you ever wanted to see how we grind and remove stumps? Well the wait is over! The video below includes some footage of both our portable stump grinder and our tow-behind stump grinder in action at several different job sites in Raleigh. You will see this in the video, but the portable grinder is perfect for removing stumps in hard-to-reach areas, gated lots, and anywhere that minimizing impact is a priority. Because it is smaller than many other grinders, the portable stump grinder causes minimal damage and is able to fit through anything 36 inches or wider. The tow-behind grinder is much more powerful, but must be towed behind a truck. It is much heavier and does cause more impact. We try to minimize use of the tow-behind grinder, simply because it is so large. But for very big stumps that are easily accessible, the tow-behind grinder is the way to go, due to its superior power.
Anyways, enough chit-chat. Enjoy the video and let us know what you think!
For those who have been following our company – either via this blog, Facebook, or another source – you know that we are in the process of offering many new tree care services. We have spent the last two years reading, studying, earning certifications, and attending classes in order to learn the skills and information necessary to offer these services.
With 2012 under way, we are finally ready to begin offering each new service. Today we are featuring an exciting new segment: tree root care. Roots are vitally important to the health and longevity of a tree. While most tree services focus on the canopy of a tree, many overlook its underground component – the root system. Yet when a tree displays problems such as disease, pest infestation, dead branches, or overall decline, these can often be traced back to issues within the roots. Once the root system is damaged, the tree will begin declining in health, to the point where it could die.
In the meantime, enjoy the below video the we recently created. It features aeration and de-compaction of the soil around an oak tree. Before you begin watching, here is the background:
In this video, the soil surrounding the oak tree was badly compacted. When compaction occurs above the key structural roots of a tree, it diminishes the available soil pores (air spaces) that hold oxygen. This limits the oxygen diffusion rate in the soil and results in root suffocation. But a tree’s roots must have oxygen in order to grow. As such, compaction can severely harm a tree. Aerating and de-compacting the soil in the critical root zone will fix the problem. As you will see in this video, we do so using an Air Spade. This tool blasts out air at over 1200 MPH. This is powerful enough to break up the soil, but does not harm the roots. Once the aeration is done, we cover the area with mulch. The mulch helps trap moisture, regulate temperature, and keep weeds and grass from growing.
We recently completed a job for a client located in Cary, North Carolina. As you will see from this video, she had a gum tree located in a narrow section of space between her house and her neighbor’s house. In addition, a fence and a deck on the remaining sides further limited the available room. Thus access was far too tight for traditional tree felling methods. Even climbing the tree and piecing it down in small sections was not an option. Instead, we brought in a crane and removed the tree by hoisting large sections over the house. Watch as our climber, crane operator, and crew work to skillfully to remove this tree in three segments. It is fascinating!
Over the last couple of weeks we decided to start a YouTube channel (which you can visit by clicking here: Leaf & Limb Tree Service’s YouTube Channel). There are a number of reasons for this decision. First, we think videos are a fun way to showcase some of the tasks and projects we do on a regular basis. Second, videos are a great medium for presenting useful tips and “how-to” demonstrations. Last, our YouTube channel will add an extra spark to this blog, since we can embed the videos here and discuss them in greater depth than we are able to do on YouTube. Besides, let’s face it – everybody loves watching videos!
To kick off our YouTube channel, we posted two videos that we filmed and edited last week. The first video was filmed at a job site where the client had a well-manicured garden complete with fish pools in her back yard. She wanted to remove a tall pine tree located inside the garden, but there was no space to throw the tree. As such, we had to climb the tree and carefully piece it down.
The video itself was created using a time-lapse feature on a regular point-and-shoot camera (a Canon SD1100). Basically, we attached the camera to a tripod and set the time-lapse feature such that it took one picture every 2 seconds. Next we imported all the pictures into our video software (we use iPhoto, in case you are wondering) and merged them into a continuous video.
The site for the second video was a situation similar to the first. But instead of a garden, this pine tree was located near a pool, a wrought iron fence, and some smaller ornamental trees. Once again, access was an issue. Whenever access is an issue we generally have to climb the tree, or in extreme situations, remove the tree using a heavy-duty crane.
In terms of filming, we took a different approach. This time we docked our high definition camcorder (a Panasonic HDC-HS250) to a tripod and filmed a similar process: our climber removing a pine tree. But instead of using a time lapse feature, we simply filmed the whole project with one continuous shot. Once we had imported the film into iPhoto, we sped the entire process up, giving the video the fast motion effect. As you will see, a few guys on the crew decided to add a few of their own creative “flourishes” during the filming process. Perhaps these make the film seem a bit less professional, but they make it more fun to watch.
Let us know what you think about the videos! Also, be sure and let us know what you think about our new YouTube channel.