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  1. K

    Funny FB add for climbing.

    I've never heard of an honest, hardworking contractor who doesn't have more work than he can handle, unless there's something wrong with him. There was a contractor around here who would lose his temper. Word got out about him and the work dried up for him. Nobody want a ticking time bomb on...
  2. K

    Autumn Blaze Maple Choosing a Lead

    As fate has it, I have a tree that was almost exactly like this one, at least it was a few years ago. I did some very small cuts and it's doing pretty good as far as apical dominance goes. It is a sugar maple, a local variety, and a fast grower too. I'll try to get some pics up this weekend and...
  3. K

    Autumn Blaze Maple Choosing a Lead

    In a perfect world I'm talking about doing a light trim while the tree is dormant, with maples it's best late fall or early winter to minimize sap loss. As you remove small limbs the tree is still adding new growth, hopefully where you want it to. Taking too much off can cause heavy suckering...
  4. K

    Autumn Blaze Maple Choosing a Lead

    You could cut that tree at the base and it would likely sprout back just fine. In trimming, less is often more. Especially with a tree you see every day and want to look nice as it sits in your landscape. A tree's leaves are its income. If you reduce its income, the whole tree has to live on...
  5. K

    Autumn Blaze Maple Choosing a Lead

    It doesn't matter as much which limb you decide to make the leader, it's more important you only do a little trimming at a time. That said, I'd keep the one on the right, leave the center one alone, and trim a little bit on the left with a hand clipper. It's better to take more frequent small...
  6. K

    Funny FB add for climbing.

    It's fine when a guy goes out to make a living, but when a guy undercuts legitimate businesses who are playing by the rules, that hurts them. Trying to make a legitimate business work is hard enough, then you have to compete against uninsured hacks, any fool with a pickup and a poulan chainsaw...
  7. K

    whadja do today?

    Not my work, but when it absolutely positively has to go that-a-way...
  8. K

    Using "Round Up" around trees

    Yeah, but they only live 1500 years or so...
  9. K

    You know you have CAD when......

    Your saws are stored in order of how many cylinders they have.
  10. K

    Chains

    .325 chain is the pitch, how far apart the rivets are, so .325 is .325, but each manufacturer can have different metal thickness, chain link thickness, cutter width and stagger (which controls the kerf width), and even though the drive link is a specified thickness, some manufacturers carry the...
  11. K

    What do you guys do with your wood chips?

    If you have a market for the chips. Around here the colored stuff is 30 or 40 dollars a yard. The tub grinders have the spray gun built right in. Once you get a customer, they keep coming back. Never heard of chips being pig food.
  12. K

    Arboristsite allstars past and present

    The end is funny as hell. The driver just gave it to them.
  13. K

    Arboristsite allstars past and present

    For some reason the guys I like best are all banned. Here are some nice guys at the last get together...
  14. K

    Coffee

    Does anybody use an egg? I use a drip maker, some organic fair trade coffee, some days add a little almond milk to take the edge off. I saw in a 1903 Settlement Cookbook they use an egg to reduce bitterness and acid. Got me wondering how I might get it into the drip coffee maker.
  15. K

    Looking for HOS to rep

    I don't even know what this thread is about.
  16. K

    Oak Wilt and tree trimming

    I think it's the presence of the fungal pressure pads that is the limiting factor. You need those spores. Once the bark gets loose, the pads dry up, they become less attractive to insects.
  17. K

    Oak Wilt and tree trimming

    I see what you mean about the house and its proximity to the tree. Open grown trees don't get too tall, but did you notice the diameter of the tree? Do Oaks grow that fast in Texas? Based on Oaks I've cut, I've not seen trees that size (30"DBH?) less than 80 or 100 years old. It's possible...
  18. K

    Oak Wilt and tree trimming

    The problem is the research quoted sounds fairly limited. The 2006 to 2009 study was based on 12 logging sites, which I assume means only one or two sites were late season sites. I guess I need to read the study being quoted in those DNR recommendations. I'd rather see a study where insects...
  19. K

    Oak Wilt and tree trimming

    I'd guess about double that, maybe 80 to 120 years old. Do trees grow that fast down in Texas, because up here they just don't get that big in 50 years up here, not Oaks anyway.
  20. K

    Oak Wilt and tree trimming

    Like I said... For our customers, we do the line clearance preemtively so the utility guys don't have to come do ithe trimming at the wrong time of year. I'd be interested in seeing credible information supporting that. The insects are around, so it's a matter of figuring out when the...
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