As many of our current clients are aware, our current stump grinder has finally kicked the bucket. To be exact, it actually did the kicking in early August! But as of tomorrow, Able Tree will have a brand new stumper that will dramatically change the way that we grind stumps. I will be picking up the new machine tomorrow morning in Helena; if you have been waiting in our queue to get stumps ground, you should expect a call in the next week or two so we can schedule your jobs!
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Chemical applications are always a touchy subject. Many people are staunchly opposed to the use of chemicals on their property for their trees, and their concerns are definitely understandable. What alot of people don’t know is the multitude of application methods that are currently available to arborists when it comes to plant health care.
Up until now, Able Tree has utilized two distinct methods for applying chemicals: soil injections and foliar spraying. While each method has its pros and cons, we have traditionally utilized soil injections unless foliar spraying is absolutely necessary (for example, treating for Mountain Pine Beetle and Western Pine Beetle). Soil injections involve a ‘soil probe’, which is more or less a syringe that injects the product into the soil, where the product is uptaken by the root zone of the tree and translocated through the canopy in a matter of weeks. This method, in our opinion, is far superior to the foliar sprays that have been used for decades to apply insecticide due to the precision that the chemicals can be applied via soil injection (as compared to sprays, which can lose up to 50% of their volume due to wind drift and other environmental factors).
Even soil injects, unfortunately, have their limitations. When injecting the soil, it is still possible that some product will be lost due to leaching through the soil. While every effort is made to keep the product at its destination, there are certain instances where we simply cannot soil inject (next to bodies of water, for example).
This fall, we have started utilizing a new product in arboriculture, the ArborJet. While the basic principle has been around for some time, Arborjet is the latest in a series of products that are designed to apply minimal chemicals to trees without the risk of environmental contamination. While it is still very early in the process, the ArborJet is proving to be one of the greatest additions to our service menu in a very long time.
In order to complete an injection with the ArborJet, a minimal amount of small holes are drilled around the circumference of the tree. Then, a small plug is inserted into the hole, creating a one-way valve through which the chemical product can be injected into the tree. Using a small needle, a certified pesticide applicator can then inject a very small amount of product (usually just a few milliliters per hole), after which the tree uptakes the product and distributes it throughout the canopy of the tree. During the peak seasons for tree respiration (fall and spring), the product can be translocated throughout the canopy in as little as a week.
This system is proving invaluable on trees near sensitive areas, wuch as water sources, playgrounds, and school yards. Once the product is injected into the trunk, it is permanently sealed in the tree and cannot escape to contaminate the surrounding environment.
Able Tree Service has long been very sensitive to the use of chemicals, and this system is the next step in the chemical application process that we use to make sure we preserve your tree values without forsaking the principles that have gotten us to where we are today.
If you have any questions regarding the process, including cost, please feel free to navigate to the contact page or to give us a call at (406) 549-9310.
Most people do not realize that with arboriculture, as opposed to most vocations that take place outside, we can continue to work throughout the winter. In fact, for some large removal jobs we can even bid jobs at a more competitive rate than we can during the busy season! Fruit trees are another example of tree work that is best done in the winter. Generally, fruit trees respond better to trimming in the dormant winter months, and pruning while the structure is evident in the tree makes it easier (and faster!) to complete the work while the weather is cold.
Give us a call today to schedule an free appointment with one of our certified arborists to determine how we can preserve your tree values!
We have been hard at work the last year making some videos with our GoPro camera, and are finally starting to get into post processing mode. Stay tuned to our YouTube page (use the green button in the right hand column) for future additions!
Well, the website has been a work in progress for sometime now, but we are finally moving right along! We are working on taking some photos and video for upload, so please check back soon to see our media updates! If you have any photos of our crew that you would like to share, please email them to Coop and we will make sure that they get uploaded onto the site!