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  1. treeseer

    Root Protection for Veteran Trees

    The larger roots on the lower side of the image take a turn after the second ring. I wonder why? That white area looks ripe for inspecting, and improving, soil conditions. I'll be asking Santa for that kit.
  2. treeseer

    oak bark

    Is it best to leave it and inspect it every year (and if needed) a reduction to take some weight off the limbs. Right on both counts!
  3. treeseer

    oak bark

    I'd suggest monitoring for signs of cracking that is perpendicular to those seams, and reduce only per need. That is a really odd pattern; I have no better theory than lightning.
  4. treeseer

    Edinburgh Vets?

    I'll be in Edinburgh Scotland Sep 18-19. Where is the best place to see veteran trees well managed?
  5. treeseer

    What fungus? And is the tree dead?

    6 kg may seem big, but I've weighed over 15 kg of fungus taken from white oaks twice before. Bodnarziewia berkeleyii; not sure that's in the UK. And both trees btw are being reduced and managed, for over 10 years now.
  6. treeseer

    Planting query

    Cherry/hawthorn good for fungistatic properties. If the objective is good establishment of the walnut, then myco/soil from a walnut would be ideal.
  7. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    Taos is nice; I live in Santa Fe part time and have camped in the Jemez for a week at a time at retreats with the 3HO Sikh folks. I'll try taking my MS160 up more often and see how it works. The forestry scenario and the bunches of dead cedar limbs seem different than an occasional cut in the crown of an oak. Plus I'm blessed with strong elbows I guess. Different strokes for different climbing folks, and so on and so on and shoobeedoobeedoobee (Sly Stone)
  8. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    Well look what that started! It's dicey to defend the US these days with Cheeto in charge. Points well taken about profiteering and warmongering And when I see the tree Reg did I am sure it will look well done. Very small differences in opinion being hashed out; I probably overreacted to what I saw. But by 'myth' I'm not saying it's untrue; myths have truth at the core but are exaggerated.
  9. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    And lovers gonna love. I've been to and worked in many countries, so the yank bashing does not stick. Why do Brits hate on Americans so? The war ended 240 years ago after all. I can pull out a handsaw a lot faster than you can pull out a chainsaw. Plus I do not have to drag around the dam thing. Sure let's race--but it would be more fair if we allowed 1 second handicap for every year difference in age! lol Plus if polesaw use is allowed it would be no contest. But it's not quantity but quality that matters anyway. Smaller cuts are better for the tree.
  10. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    Sounds good; would love to climb with you someday. We could explore that country/culture myth, and the handsaw "when needed" myth as well, when we have time.
  11. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    I'll try to ignore, but...scan up the thread and you'll see me asking about the objective, and the % removed. And got no reply to those points. Yes, asking gets one info; telling not. And believe me I share your contempt for undereducated CA's full of themselves, many times over! re apples and oranges, everyone in every country can say "O you are different--nevermind!" And many do, yet in fact trees are trees, and people are people. Sorry I missed you a year ago in Abbottsford with Dr. Dunster, or 2 years ago in Bend OR with PNWISA. Next time, look me up! Windsor ON in Feb '19, etc. Meanwhile, ditch the chaps and the chainsaw and take a lighter dose off those trees; it'll be easier on them, and you! Take some lemon juice and a wee dram for the cold, and please publish your work beyond arbtalk someday!
  12. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    Not quit; it's a good place to network still. I quit being a CA, to be a BCMA. As far as reducing leverage goes, 15% off the end can increase stability 50% or more. No need for major whacking. For instance, the tree in the attached poster, 90%+ hollow, was retained with a light reduction, using a polesaw and handsaw. http://www.historictreecare.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/AREA-140801.pdf Check out the brushpile, and the after shot. A little goes a long way.. Books and classrooms are half of the story, so don't put them down so fast.
  13. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    What's proper depends on the objective. When will the tree be pruned again? For most jobs, you're right; I would flunk the school of thought that calls for such big cuts and so much asset removed. btw I quit being ISA certified in 2004, and follow international standards more than the I/USA's A300. Also, thanks for the info on chaps; not used to seeing them used in trees. When cuts are <6", the chainsaw stays on the ground. Carry on!
  14. treeseer

    Reduction Pruning

    Cuts are proper and correct if they are small; precision not required. Reduction pruning can be proper and correct when the dose is small and the cuts are small. Poles reach the tips, where no man can. Still not clear on why those things were on your feet, or why so much tree was removed.
  15. treeseer

    Strange bubbles on oak tree

    Frothy flux http://www.historictreecare.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Ooze-in-the-News-from-TCI-Magazine-09-04.pdf


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