1 Recently, a crew from SavATree came to do some maintenance and pruning around the farm. I was concerned this weeping katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, would have to come down - some of its branches were browning and dying. http://www.savatree.com
2 High, overcrowded, or dead limbs, and any branches growing too close to vertical, which could cause breakage, were removed first. One of the SavATree crew members gently cut them from the bucket of the truck.
3 Ryan worked with the crew to ensure all the necessary branches were removed. It was then determined that the tree could be saved... at least for now. It would get a thorough pruning to give its branches more room, and hopefully it would thrive once again - that was great news.
4 Because this katsura is so close to my house, lots of care was given to cutting any branches that could possibly damage the structure on the way down. The crew at SavATree was very careful.
5 Not far from my front gate, a group of trees was growing too closely together, compromising their overall health. SavATree felt they should be removed, so the remaining tree could flourish.
6 These Ash trees, Fraxinus, fused together at their bases, causing another tree to weaken, and possibly become unstable.
7 The tree was secured, and properly cut down, so it would fall away from people, structures and vehicles. Tree removal is a dangerous job, and those who do it, are extensively trained.
8 Here was another grouping of trees growing too closely together. It was decided three of these four would also be removed.
9 The three trees were already failing, and many of their branches were without leaves. I try to preserve all the trees at my farm; however, in some instances, tree removal is necessary - when a tree interferes with the health and vigor of others.
10 Using a pole saw, a specially trained crew member went up in the bucket to assess the tree's condition, and to remove any large branches before the trunks were cut down.
11 One by one, branches and limbs were carefully dropped from the bucket to a grounds crew member below.
12 The area was tight, and near the stone wall, but these experts knew exactly where to drop the tree branches, so nothing was damaged and no one as hurt.
13 Once all the branches were cut, the main stem of the tree was also cut down - a notch was made with the chainsaw so the tree could fall in the proper direction without injuring anyone on the ground.
14 Each trunk was secured, so that the crew could manage its fall.
15 The crew also addressed other trees that needed general maintenance and thinning, and the removal of dead branches.
16 As branches were removed, they were deposited into this wood chipper. Larger sections were put aside, so they could be transported up to Dominic's wood pile. He would cut them down into boards with his sawmill.
17 Once again, the crew's foreman went up in the bucket to cut down large tree limbs that could potentially harm someone or something, when is came down.
18 As branches were removed, they were gathered and placed into a tidy pile, and then later taken to the wood chipper.
19 While one workman pruned from the bucket, another climbed the tree and pruned from inside its dense foliage.
20 A third crew member stood at the base to catch any branches.
21 Thanks, guys! The trees look great!
22 I use SavATree for tree care services at all my homes. When dealing with high tree trimming, and challenging jobs, I call my friend, Ralph Robbins, founder of SavATree. He and his team always do an amazing job.