While the ash tree has been garnering all the headlines for the last few years, as far as trees and tree health is concerned, there are other trees that have suffered at the mercy of pests as well. Today CLC Tree Services was at the site of a once-glorious 75 foot bitternut hickory tree. Its glory had faded due to the presence of hickory bark beetle, and we had the sad task today of removing this now dangerous tree. It might have still stood tall in the homeowner’s back yard, but with every gust of wind, more branches fell to the ground and everything surrounding the tree was in danger. The city stepped in, ordinances were issued and the tree had to go.
While we remove trees on a regular basis, this particular tree was a difficult case. The beech was dry and brittle to the touch. Simply climbing up into the canopy to start removing limbs, was not an option. We carry insurance, but the lives of our arborists are more valuable than that of a job attempted. In this case, it would have amounted to a job failed – not what we want. That certainly would not support our image of a company deserving the Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award either. No.
Today we required extra equipment in our tree removal services in the form of crane support. From our previous inspection, it was obvious that any attempt at stepping into the tree would be disastrous. There was a great chance that limbs would fall apart upon contact. Our solution was to bring in a crane and have an arborist lifted into the tree to first inspect, then begin the tree removal process. Once into the tree, our assumptions were proven to be correct, as simply grasping branches had them breaking off to drop to the ground below.
Not one to shy away from heights, Calvin got to work and the tree was completely removed approximately three hours later. The crane helped to lift the large sections of beech out of the backyard, and saved the backs of the CLC Tree Services ground crew by lifting them into our waiting truck. You can see the last section here being directed between the houses. Safety of human life and surrounding properties is important to us, and we take the risks very seriously.
Once the tree was completely down, cleanup began. The homeowner happily watched as the sawdust was swept from the street, leaving no trace that we had been there. Big sighs of relief were released by all that no one was hurt and nothing was damaged either before or during the poor bitternut hickory’s removal. The tree would cause no more stir for the homeowners, city, or worried neighbours. That is except for the neighbour’s gossip over the show for the next week. Our showers will be well-deserved this evening, let me tell you!
So with a long weekend fast approaching, we cannot forget to wish you a Happy Canada Day from CLC Tree Services. Have a great weekend Canada!