Longtime Bartlett Customer in Prince William County, Virginia

On a cold Saturday in December, my co-worker Cheo and I were pruning a large black oak at Charles and Pat Bennett’s house in Prince William County, Virginia. Having a conversation with Mrs. Bennett, she revealed to me the black oak was last pruned in 1991 by Bartlett. With so many years as a Bartlett customer, I was curious to know more about Mrs. Bennett and her experiences as a Bartlett customer. Continue reading

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Manchester Seedling Initiative

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Our Manchester office donated a tree to Alderley Edge Parish Council in Alderley Park, and gave away 100 trees in Alderley Edge as part of National Tree Week.

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Storm Damage Tree Removal

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Jason Morrow, a crew leader for the Clackamas production team, working hard removing three Douglas fir trees in Camas, Washington with a 275-ton crane following recent storm damage.

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Insightful Sessions at the ISA Annual Conference

Bartlett booth at the  Annual Conference and Trade Show in Milwaukee, 2014

Bartlett’s booth at the ISA Conference, a place to network, learn about the company, and exchange ideas.

This past August I had the opportunity to attend the International Society of Arboriculture annual conference in Milwaukee, WI. This is one of the few times throughout the year where you gather with other like-minded folk who have a passion for trees. There were a few sessions I attended during the conference that I thought were insightful and informative.

Dr. Michael Joseph Raupp from the University of Maryland had a great presentation on the non-target effects of insecticides. In recent years there has been a lot of discussion and research around neonicotinoid insecticides used in urban landscapes and their impact on beneficial insects. Continue reading

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TCIA’s Plant Health Care Training Manual

A great reference book for anyone involved in plant health care is Plant Health Care Technician – Home Study 2 published by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). The book is geared toward those training to be a plant health care specialist, but it can also be used as a reference for anyone wanting to learn more about the unique services involved in a plant health care program. There are ten chapters included in the book: Introduction to PHC, tree biology, monitoring, diagnosis, disease management, tree parts affected, pesticide application, construction injuries, abiotic disorders, and soil management. Let’s discuss why this book is a great reference and what other topics could be included for future editions. Continue reading

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