Working with trees can pose several hazardous situations if the proper precautions and safety procedures are not abided. Below, we will discuss some of these precautions and necessary training steps, but it is important to note that the primary form of safety is COMMITTMENT. A company can provide all of the necessary equipment and techniques, but if it does not have a team fully committed to using and practicing them, they do no good. At Perkins Tree& Landscape Services, Inc. we are happy to say that our dedicated team not only receives constant safety training and equipment, but always puts it to exponential use.
The next most important means of safety is COMMUNICATION. It is imperative that climbers and ground workers keep constant communication on the job, so that each team member is aware of what the others are doing. This way, there is a large support, and ground workers know when it may be safe to step into the work zone.
The use of each piece of EQUIPMENT should be well known by each person at a site, even those who are not operating a particular tool. This way each worker is aware of the capabilities of all machinery, and may be of help in case of emergency. Any time a climber is in a tree, there should be a worker nearby who is capable of performing an “aerial rescue”. All workers should also be aware of all the materials in the first aid kit, which should be kept in each truck.
Being able to identify POISONOUS PLANTS is a must, as well as techniques for treating irritation. Similarly,
there should be knowledge of treatments for stings and bites from several types of insects and animals.
Each worker should be thoroughly trained in determining ELECTRICAL HAZARDS. They must make note of any conductors (any above or underground electrical device containing communication wires and cables), and avoid any direct or indirect contact with these. This is very important in order to prevent electric shock. Electrical tools without a self-contained power source should never be used in trees near the conductors.
Last but not least is TRAFFIC CONTROL. The work crew is responsible for securing their work zone so that
both pedestrian and vehicular traffic may not be in harm’s way. They may do this with the use of warning signs, barriers, flags, etc. In most cases, traffic control safety must follow the federal transportation administration standards and guidelines.
There are of course, many more procedures and techniques necessary to ensure safety while working on trees. Please comment, call, or e-mail us with any inquiries for further education.
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At Perkins Tree & Landscape Services, Inc., we dedicate much of our time to the preparation and planning for the effect of storms on trees. Servicing the Eastern Coast of Florida, the “most common place in North America for thunderstorms” (ISA June 2013) and highly prone to hurricanes, we understand the crucial impact that storms have on trees, infrastructure, and their surroundings. Arborists perform what is potentially the most important role in response to a storm.
In arboriculture, it is imperative to be educated on how to anticipate and mitigate the possible threat of storms in advance, as well as how to respond once damage takes place. So many factors go into this, such as knowing of defects or diseases in the trees, or of any weak places that may not be able to handle increased loads and stress. Remember that the tree is working hard to support its own weight against gravity’s strong pull, with the additional weight of precipitation. The structure of a tree needs to be understood similarly to any other structure, or even the human body.
Here are a few things that happen during storms that damage trees:
While the damage that can occur during storms (not only to trees, but to the people, places, and things all around them) is frightening—the wonderful thing is that we currently have an expanded knowledge of how to assess and minimize risk both prior to and post storms. It is so important to take these precautions to maximize both the health and safety of the trees, which are exponentially valuable to the world around us, as well as that of the people who live in the areas all around them.
For more information on the effect of storms on trees, or to schedule a free
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PRUNING is the selective removal of parts of a tree or plant- such as: branches, buds, or roots.
Before we provide more information on the "Art of Pruning", it is very important to note that pruning can be very dangerous to the integrity & structure of a tree. It is necessary to have an Arborist who is trained to determine the proper type of pruning required, identify the presence of disease, etc. We believe it is our responsibility to facilitate you with the best practices in arboriculture to achieve optimum health and appearance for the overall integrity of your trees.
Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure, because it enhances: safety, tree health, and structural aesthetics. It is pertinent that the Biology of the Tree is understood to prevent improper pruning and serious damage to the trees. If there is any form of disease in a tree, it can spread easily during pruning due to access to pathogens. The cuts made during pruning can open wounds in the trees very similarly to our own human bodies.
Pruning cuts need to be made just outside the 'branch collar', which should never be cut or removed. It is also important to reduce the weight of larger limbs prior to cutting them, or there is a big risk in tearing the bark. Most crucial of all is the amount of pruning that is done. Younger trees will tolerate the removal of a higher percentage of living tissue than mature trees. It must be remembered that these parts of trees work like parts of the body, providing the nutrients and vitals that the tree needs to grow, survive, and benefit the world around it.
Here are a few types of pruning:
Reduction: To decrease the height or spread of the canopy. This practice assists in minimizing interfering / encroaching branches and providing adequate growth space for neighboring materials. This is more commonly referred to as either Canopy or Crown reduction.
Cleaning: Selective removal of dead, diseased, detached, damaged or broken branches; To reduce the movement of decay or disease into healthy tree tissue; Alleviating hazard limb conditions in the canopy.
Thinning: Selective removal of live branches to reduce crown density, and to allow a more unobstructed passage of sunlight and wind through the canopy. May remove sucker growth (water sprouts) from base and tree interior.
Raising: Selective removal of branches to provide a vertical clearance. Crown raising is the shortening or removal of lower branches to provide ingress/egress for pedestrian and vehicular traffic or to eliminate encroachment to building structures, lightpoles, signage, etc.
Restoration: Selective removal of branches, sprouts and branch stubs due to improper pruning procedures, (Hat Racking, severe Heading, Liontailing) or storm damages. This practice will improve the structure, form, appearance and future health of the tree. Evaluation and selection of water sprouts in tree interior to promote growth into new limbs and branches.
Vista: Removal or pruning of select live branches to affect a view.
Understanding your thirst for knowledge in better managing the tree maintenance in your residential community or commercial property, please contact us either
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At Perkins, we don't hold your average company meeting-- We provide
food and beverages, and allow our team to engage in open conversation. We spend
dedicated time going over procedures and methods to improve our existing
standards constantly. Photographed above, you can see President, Robert Perkins,
leading our July 12th team meeting. The second photo features Robert with his
brother and Vice President, Frank Perkins, in their pursuit for the well-being of trees.
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